Head Coach, Western Nebraska Community College
NJCAA Division I
Giovana Melo just completed her first season at Western Nebraska Community College. She took over the reins of the program from Chris Green, who had just led the Cougars to the NJCAA Division I national championship, which gave her a tough act to follow in just her first year as a head coach. However, Melo was up to the task, as she led Western Nebraska to a 59-4 record and a third-place finish in this year's championship tournament.
Melo, who played at Arizona State University, came to Western Nebraska after only two years coaching at her alma mater, one as a graduate assistant and the second as an assistant coach.
Like many young coaches, she got into coaching because of "the love for the sport."
"I have been playing volleyball since I was about six-years old," she said. "So after I was done playing for Arizona State, I decided that I did not want to end there. I wanted to continue my career coaching."
As for her own career ambitions: "I don't have long-term goals for my career in the sport because I want to take it slow," she said. "I am just starting as a head coach this year, and I still have so much to learn. It is such a huge change to go from a player to a coach. I never thought I would be a head coach so soon, and here I am enjoying every minute of it."