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Aug. 17, 2011

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Melissa Schaub, who spent the last five years on the coaching staff at Middle Tennessee State, has joined the Ohio State women’s tennis program as an assistant coach, Buckeye head coach Chuck Merzbacher announced Wednesday. Schaub, a standout at the University of Tennessee, was an assistant coach for the Blue Raiders for four seasons before she was named head coach in August 2010.

“We are thrilled to announce Melissa Schaub will be joining our staff,” Merzbacher said. “She comes from a tennis family, she has played at the highest levels collegiately and has been an assistant and head coach at a Division I school. Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for the game that will benefit our student-athletes each and every day. I look forward to working with her as we continue to build on the tennis tradition we have.”

Schaub, a Lexington, Ohio, native, is excited to get her tenure with the Scarlet and Gray started.

“I could not be happier about this opportunity,” Schaub said. “To be a Buckeye and coach at this university is extremely exciting and I am very honored. I have the utmost respect for Coach Merzbacher and the program he has run and developed here. I look forward to getting started and building on the already excellent tradition this program stands for.”

Schaub played four years for the Volunteers (2003-06) and was an All-American and second team All-SEC selection as a freshman, finishing the year ranked sixth nationally. She struggled with injuries her sophomore and junior campaigns but posted 25 dual-match doubles wins. As a senior, Schaub played at Nos. 2 and 3 singles before moving into the top position in early April where she went 3-0 in the SEC tournament. She posted 70 career doubles wins to rank in the Top 10 in program history and was ranked 44th in the NCAA in doubles her senior campaign. Schaub was a member of the SEC Good Works Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll as a senior.