June 20, 2024
UTRGV Women’s Soccer Adds Melanie Chandler as Assistant Coach

RIO GRANDE VALLEY – The College of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Department of Intercollegiate Athletics declared on Monday the hiring of Melanie Chandler, who spent final period as the women’s soccer head mentor at Schreiner University, as the women’s soccer assistant coach.
“We are delighted to have Melanie be a part of our team,” UTRGV Women’s Soccer Head Coach Mark Foster mentioned. “She provides a ton of practical experience, together with time as a head coach, and she understands the game of soccer in Texas. That will be a big asset in recruiting for the plan. All through the interview procedure, we ended up delighted to see Melanie’s philosophy on putting the college student-athlete’s initially and we know she will in shape right in. We search forward to operating with Melanie as she will have a hand in all factors of the method.”
Chandler joined the staff members at Schreiner adhering to the 2021-22 period and was named the head mentor on May perhaps 5, 2022. Last season, Chandler guided Schreiner to a 6-8-4 file which includes a 5-5-4 file in Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference play.
Prior to her time at Schreiner, Chandler spent four seasons (2018-21) at Waldorf University as an assistant coach.
“I am particularly honored to be signing up for the UTRGV relatives,” Chandler reported. “When I experienced achieved with Coach Foster and Coach Larson for the initially time, I realized instantly this was a application and workers that I wanted to be a aspect of. Listening to their aims and path for this plan, together with what they price as men and women were being all items I think develop a excellent ecosystem to be prosperous.”
Chandler, a native of Kapolei, Hawaii, performed her collegiate profession at Waldorf where she appeared in 49 matches in excess of 3 seasons (2013-15). During her vocation, Chandler scored 8 aims and recorded seven assists. 
“I would like to thank Mentor Foster, Coach Larson, and the UTRGV Athletic Office for this amazing possibility,” Chandler explained. “To sign up for these a University in which you can truly feel the assistance from every person is genuinely humbling. I am surely searching forward to being a aspect of one thing particular!”
Chandler earned her bachelor’s degree in Felony Justice from Colorado Mesa College in 2017 and attained her master’s in organizational management with a concentration in athletics administration from Waldorf in 2020. 
Chandler is qualified through the Countrywide Sports activities Overall performance Affiliation (NSPA) as a speed & agility coach, holds a USSF D License and a USC Amount 3 Goalkeeping Diploma. 

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