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Halstead Named Women’s Basketball Coach

Melanee Halstead has been named the Cougars’ women’s basketball coach for the 2010-2011 season. Coach Halstead has been involved in coaching for over 20 years, most recently at Pillsbury Baptist Bible College in Owatonna, Minnesota where she served as both women’s basketball and volleyball coach. In her ten years at the helm of the Pillsbury program, Melanee was one of the most respected coaches in the North Central region and was twice selected the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Coach Halstead also serves the NCCAA as the Division II Women’s Basketball National Vice-Chair and will move into the role of National Chair after another year. In addition to her responsibilities as assistant dean of women, she served as assistant coach to the Lady Cougars during the 2009-2010 season. A graduate of Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Melanee also has her Master’s Degree in Sport Coaching from the United States Sports Academy.

We are pleased to have Coach Halstead’s experience and solid philosophy of Christian athletics as an addition to our coaching staff. Athletic Director James Whitaker said, “We are thrilled to be able to add Melanee as our women’s basketball coach. She is an experienced coach who will continue to build our program and enable us to compete successfully in the tough NCCAA South Region. More importantly, she has already shown an ability to build relationships with the players and disciple them in their walk with God. The future is bright for the Lady Cougar basketball program.”