|Previous College:||Maryland '11|
Melissa Vassalotti begins her first season as an assistant coach on Head Coach Steve Jennings’ coaching staff, focusing on the development of the goalkeepers.
“We are thrilled to welcome Melissa to our staff,” said Coach Jennings. “Her experiences as a player and as a coach will add incredible value to our program. We feel fortunate to have found such a qualified and passionate candidate and know she will make a big impact on our team!”
Vassalotti comes to American after serving as an assistant coach at Georgetown for the last two seasons, where she worked primarily with the Hoyas’ defense and goalkeepers. She helped develop Georgetown’s freshman goalkeeper Rosalie Nolen, who ranked first in the BIG EAST in saves and saves per game and ninth in goals against average during the 2013 season.
Vassalotti helped lead Maryland to three national titles in 2008, 2010 and 2011 and three ACC titles in 2008, 2009 and 2010, finishing her career with a record of 32-4. She was a NFHCA All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team honoree in her senior season and notched 19 saves during the Terrapins’ NCAA tournament run in 2011, making a career-high eight stops in the title game.
Vassalotti was a two-time Senior Mid-Atlantic High Performance team selection, two-time Senior New Jersey High Performance team honoree and NFHCA Senior Game selection in 2011. She also trained with the US Women’s National Field Hockey Team during the spring of 2012.