Former player and Idaho
native Erin Mellinger begins her second year as Lewis-Clark State College's
women's volleyball head coach.
In May 2003, she was named head volleyball coach at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan., where she compiled a 22-12 record her first year and a second-place finish in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference. In 2004, the team went 40-9 and won the conference, region and district titles and played in the national junior college tournament. She coached two All-Americans, including one that made the all-national tournament team. For her accomplishments in 2004 Erin was named "Coach of the year".
“I’m a former player at LCSC and one of the main things that attracted me about this job is what the capabilities are,” Mellinger says. “LCSC has a great program and that is where I want to live. I know I was only there for a year but I loved it. I know what the people are like in Lewiston, what the people are like on campus and what a great place it is.”
Mellinger says the biggest challenge is trying to meet the playing and success level of her former coach Yoshimura, who had LCSC competing for a national tournament berth annually.
“This job really means a lot to me and I want to meet the potential that this program has.”