Melanie Meuchel enters hersixth season as an assistant coach for the Wolf Pack, where she is primarily responsible for Nevada's pitchers. Under Meuchel's direction, Nevada's pitchers have enjoyed five successful campaigns as several program pitching records were set, in addition to the Pack being ranked in the top of the conference pitching stats.
The 2009 season, by nearly every measurable standard was the most successful season, in terms of pitching, that Nevada ever produced. Katie Holverson was named the WAC Pitcher of the Year - a first for the Nevada program - and she broke a number of school single-season records, including wins and earned-run average. In addition, Mallary Darby produced perhaps the finest freshman season ever by a Nevada pitcher, including a no-hitter at Boise State
A look at the Nevada record book shows that every individual career pitching record and all but two individual single-season pitching records were set or broken by pitchers coached by Meuchel.
"Mel is a detailed a coach as you will find," head coach Matt Meuchel said. "She is tireless in preparing our pitching staff on a daily basis. It is not coincidence that she has been our pitching coaching for all three of our WAC Championships. She is one of the elite pitching coaches in the country and will undoubtedly have our staff producing again this season."
Under the guidance of Meuchel, Nevada's Jordan McPherson developed into one of the top pitchers on the West Coast and was the 2008 WAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year and a first-team All-WAC selection. McPherson owns nearly every career pitching record at Nevada. She was named 2006 WAC Tournament MVP, and she also set program records for strikeouts in a season (246), most wins (22) and most strikeouts per seven innings pitched (6.08) that season.
Meuchel joined the Wolf Pack in 2006 after working for a season as a graduate assistant coach for the perennial Top 25 Oklahoma. At OU, her responsibilities included pitchers, in-game scouting and charting, as well as contributing to all other areas of game management.
In 2005, OU finished the year 50-17 with the four-player pitching staff combining for a 1.85 ERA versus 5.02 by their opponents. Oklahoma advanced to the Super Regionals after claiming the regional title that was hosted in Norman, Okla.
Before working at Oklahoma, Meuchel spent two seasons (2002-03) as an assistant coach at McNeese State in Lake Charles, LA. Her responsibilities included helping with the pitching staff and recruiting, in-game coaching and administrative responsibilities. Two players won All-Southland honors under Meuchel's pitching instruction and one player garnered all-conference honors both seasons, also earning all-region in 2004.
Meuchel has also spent time coaching ASA club teams and traveling to work a number of camps and clinics throughout the United States.
During her playing days, Meuchel was a standout pitcher for Mesa State in Grand Junction, Colo. She earned four letters while receiving both athletic and academic honors from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. She also claimed All-Region Tournament honors en route to Mesa State competing in the Division II Women's College World Series in 2000.
Meuchel earned a bachelor of arts degree in human performance and wellness K-12 in 2002 from Mesa State.
Meuchel, who was born in Missoula, Mont., is from a softball family. Her brother Matt is the Wolf Pack's head coach and her parents, Mary and Dennis, have been involved with coaching and instruction of softball in Montana for nearly three decades.