position Head Coach
Hometown Lexington, Ohio
Alma Mater Tennessee '06
Record at Ohio State 154-55 (through 2020)
Melissa Schaub has led the Ohio State program into the upper echelon of women’s tennis. The team made six straight NCAA Tournament appearances (2014-19) and was on pace to earn a seventh consecutive berth when the remainder of the 2020 season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighting the NCAA bids were a quarterfinal appearance in 2016 and a semifinal berth in 2017. The Buckeyes won the Big Ten regular season and tournament championships in 2016 and ‘17.
A three-time Big Ten Coach of the Year, two-time ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and the 2017 ITA National Coach of the Year, Schaub spent her first campaign at Ohio State (2011-12) as an assistant coach before she was named interim head coach for 2012-13 and then took the reins as the head coach beginning in 2013-14. Her record at Ohio State is 154-55, with a 60-19 Big Ten regular season mark, through 2019-20.
Individually under Schaub, three Buckeyes have combined for four NCAA singles championship berths, with two doubles teams qualifying, including the 2017 NCAA Champions. Buckeyes have claimed three Big Ten Player of the Year honors, four Big Ten Freshman of the Year (and four ITA Midwest Rookie of the Year) awards and six Ohio State players have totaled 16 All-Big Ten accolades with Schaub at the helm.
The program has also been outstanding in the classroom during Schaub’s tenure. Through 2020, the Buckeyes received 53 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors, 40 Academic All-Big Ten awards, 22 ITA Scholar-Athlete mentions and 12 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades. The team has earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, given to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in their sport based on multi-year Academic Progress Rates, during five of the seven seasons Schaub has been at the helm. The squad earned ITA All-Academic Team honors in 2017, ’18, ’19 and ’20.
In the community, the Buckeyes give back by volunteering with a number of organizations, including Buddy Up Tennis and the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
The 2020 team ended the shortened season 9-3 overall and 2-0 in Big Ten play. The year started with two wins in Stillwater, Okla., to earn a spot at the ITA Team Indoor Championship for the fourth time in the last five years. Of the Buckeyes’ first 12 matches of the year, nine were against teams in the ITA Top 25, with five vs. Top 10-ranked foes; victories included wins over Duke, Florida State, Oklahoma State and Michigan in a nonconference match. The Buckeye squad rose to second in the ITA poll, the first time in the Top 5 since 2017, and ended the year ranked fifth. Three Buckeyes were in the ITA singles rankings, with Shiori Fukuda ranked as high as No. 8, along with a doubles team. Fukuda was named B1G Athlete of the Year and was joined by Danielle Wolf, the ITA Midwest Region Most Improved Senior award winner, on the All-Big Ten team.
The 2019 Buckeye squad was 19-7 overall, including a 12-match winning streak, and the team tied for third in the Big Ten with an 8-3 ledger while extending the program’s NCAA Tournament appearance streak to six. Fukuda and Isabelle Boulais both were named First Team All-Big Ten, with Boulais, an at-large selection to the NCAA Singles Championship, also garnering Big Ten Freshman of the Year and ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2018, a young Buckeye squad finished 14-9 overall and tied for third in the Big Ten with a 7-4 mark, earning an at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament. Anna Sanford and Fukuda both were named to the All-Big Ten team, with Sanford selected for the NCAA Singles Championship and Fukuda named Big Ten Freshman and ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year.
Coming off arguably the best season in program history in 2016, the 2017 squad reached even higher. The 2017 team was the first in program history to advance to the NCAA semifinals, falling to Stanford 4-3, and notched a program-record 32 wins with just three losses. The squad, which ended the year ranked third, was 11-0 in Big Ten matches for a second straight year (outscoring league foes 73-1) to claim the league title and defended its conference tournament crown. The tandem of Miho Kowase and Francesca Di Lorenzo won the 2017 NCAA Doubles Championship, the first national title in program history, and earned All-America honors, with Di Lorenzo, the Big Ten Player of the Year, also earning All-America accolades in singles as she was the nation’s No. 1-ranked player all spring and capturing two ITA national tournament crowns. The four members of the senior class ended their careers with 102 team wins, the winningest class in program history.
In 2016, the squad was the first Ohio State team to host NCAA Tournament matches and reach both the NCAA Round of 16 and the quarterfinals. The squad, 31-3 overall, won the program’s first conference championship with an 11-0 mark and captured Ohio State’s inaugural league tournament title. Di Lorenzo was an All-American, the Big Ten Freshman and Player of the Year and won the program’s first ITA national title. The team earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history and ended the year ranked sixth.
In December 2016, Schaub was one of two coaches on the staff for the Team USA squad that won the Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France. Team USA defeated Russia in the final, 4-1, after wins over Germany (5-2) in the semifinals and Ireland, (6-1) in the quarterfinals. She reprised her role in 2017, with Team USA finishing second. Each team match in the tournament consists of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match, with the team comprised of top American collegians, including Di Lorenzo in 2016.
In 2014-15 the Buckeyes had a then-school record tying 20 wins (with just seven losses) and had 11 shutouts during the year. The Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten, posting 10 wins in league play, and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship match for the first time since 2004. The squad ended the year ranked 21st, the first time in the Top 25 of the final poll since 2000, and reached a high of 17th during the year to match the program’s high at the time.
In the 2013-14 season, Schaub led the Buckeyes to a 19-9 record, one win shy of the program record up to that point (20), en route to a third-place finish in the B1G and the squad’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2010. The program was recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team.
Schaub, a Lexington, Ohio, native who had a standout collegiate career at Tennessee, was on the coaching staff at Middle Tennessee State for five seasons, including one as head coach (2010-11), prior to joining the Ohio State staff.
Schaub played four years for the Tennessee Volunteers (2003-06), where she was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in doubles and the squad reached the No. 4 spot in the national polls during her career.
She was an All-American and second team All-SEC selection as a freshman, finishing the year ranked sixth nationally. Although struggling with injuries as a sophomore and junior, she posted 25 dual-match doubles wins. As a senior, Schaub played at No. 2 and 3 singles before moving into the No. 1 position in early April where she went 3-0 in the SEC tournament. She was ranked nationally in doubles as a senior with partner Vilmarie Castellvi and ended her career with 70 doubles wins to rank in the Top 10 in program history.
Schaub was a member of the SEC Good Works Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll and was the recipient of the athletics department’s “No Guts, No Glory” award as a senior. She graduated with a degree in psychology in 2006.
Schaub was a two-sport athlete at Lexington High School, playing both tennis and basketball. She won the Ohio state singles title as a senior in 2001 when she led her squad to a third-place finish at the state tournament. She was a part of four conference and district championship squads during her career.
Schaub’s brother, Ty, played for the Ohio State men’s tennis team and served as a captain as a senior when the Buckeyes were the NCAA runner-up. He is currently the associate head coach for the South Carolina women’s tennis team. Her sister, Courtney, was on the tennis team at Cumberland University from 2008-12.
She is the daughter of Ron Schaub and Mindy Cooper. Her father, who played tennis at Ohio University, is the teaching pro at Lakewood Racquet Club and boys and girls tennis coach at Lexington High School.
|Season||Record||B1G Record/Finish||NCAA Tournament|
|2016||31-3||11-0/1st (Tournament champion)||Quarterfinalist|
|2017||32-3||11-0/t-1st (Tournament champion)||Semifinalist|