Melanie Meuchel (pronounced MIKE-ul) joins the staff for her first season with the Wolf Pack. Head coach Michelle Gardner decided to fill out her staff with an assistant coach whose main responsibilities would lie with coaching the pitching staff, and she found a candidate with the background to serve that purpose in Meuchel. While Meuchel is new to the staff in 2006, it is not a situation with much unfamiliarity as she is the younger sister of associate head coach Matt Meuchel.
Meuchel joins the Wolf Pack after working for a season as a graduate assistant coach for the perennial top 25 Oklahoma Sooners. She helped the OU pitchers, in-game scouting and charting, as well as contributing with all other areas of game mangement.
In 2005, OU finished the year 50-17 with the four-player pitching staff combing for a 1.85 ERA versus 5.02 by their opponents. Oklahoma advanced to the Super Regionals after claming 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. Her responsibilities included working with the pitchers and catchers, recruiting, in-game coaching and administrative responsibilities. Two players won All-Southland honors under Meuchel's pitching instruction and one player garnerd all-conference honors both seasons, also earning all-region in 2004.
During her time at McNeese State and Montana she pulled double duties. She has spent time coaching ASA club teams and traveling to work a number of camps and clinics thoughout the U.S.
Meuchel was a standout pitcher for Mesa State during her playing days. She earned four letters while claiming 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.
She 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. In addition to Matt, her parents, Mary and Dennis, have been involved with coaching and instruction of softball in Montana for the past 25 years.