May 14, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Melissa Schaub has been named head coach of the Ohio State women’s tennis team, Gene Smith, Ohio State associate vice president and director of athletics, announced Tuesday. Schaub served as the interim head coach for the program in 2012-13. She joined the Ohio State staff as an assistant coach for the 2011-12 campaign and previously spent five seasons at Middle Tennessee State, serving as the head coach in her final season.

“We are pleased to have Melisa Schaub as the head coach for our women’s tennis program,” Smith said. “She has the skill set to lead our team into the future and back into the upper echelon of the Big Ten.”

Schaub, a native of Lexington, Ohio, looks forward to leading the Buckeyes as the head coach.

“I would like to thank Gene Smith, Chris Schneider and Ty Tucker for the amazing opportunity and their belief in me to serve as the head coach at Ohio State,” Schaub said. “Growing up in Ohio, this has been a dream job since I was a child. I understand what it means to be a Buckeye and I could not be more excited or humbled to be leading this team.”

Chris Schneider, the senior associate athletics director for sport administration at Ohio State who oversees the women’s tennis program, was impressed with the leadership Schaub showed while serving as the program’s interim head coach.

“Coach Schaub has demonstrated the ability to be the head coach of our women’s tennis program,” Schneider said. “This past season, Coaches Schaub and [Ty] Tucker [Ohio State Director of Tennis] proved the new structure for our tennis program works and our women’s team is heading in the right direction. We are excited about the future of the program as it adds an incredible recruiting class to the outstanding group of returnees heading into next season.”

Schaub began her coaching career at Middle Tennessee State where she spent five seasons on the coaching staff. She was an assistant coach for the Blue Raiders for four seasons before being named head coach in August 2010, serving at the helm for the 2010-11 campaign.

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 Nos. 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.

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.

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 in 2009. He is currently the assistant coach at Penn. Her sister, Courtney, was on the tennis team at Cumberland University from 2008-12.