NEW ROCHELLE, NY - Iona College Athletics Director Eugene Marshall announced the appointment of Melissa Inouye as head coach of the Iona College softball program. Inouye spent the 2012 season as an assistant coach at Fordham University.
"Melissa's experience and passion were important qualities that showed me she was the right choice to be our next softball head coach," said Marshall. "I'm excited to have Melissa on board as we build one of the Northeast's premier programs and look to repeat as MAAC Champions for a fourth season, and beyond."
"I would like to thank Dr. Joseph Nyre, Eugene Marshall, Matt Glovaski, and the search committee for believing in me and giving me this tremendous opportunity," said Inouye (pronounced E-no-way). "I aim to continue and build upon the accomplishments of the Iona softball program and the athletic department."
"I am excited to work with the team and look forward to bringing bright and talented student-athletes to the Gael Family," Inouye continued. "Iona College is a wonderful community and I am honored to become part of it."
At Fordham, Inouye helped coach a team that finished second in a competitive Atlantic 10 Conference and whose season included an upset win over the eventual national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.
Inouye assisted in hitting breakdown and drill progression to increase the team's offensive production. A season ago, the Rams led the A-10 in numerous offensive categories, including hits and home runs, and second in doubles, walks and strikeouts against. At Fordham, Inouye created and directed the team's booster club and served as the head travel coordinator.
Prior to joining the staff at Fordham, she spent four seasons on the staff at Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Inouye oversaw the pitching staff and assisted with the defense and hitting. She had three players earn All-Conference USA accolades and one chosen for the Conference USA All-Freshman team.
Prior to her stint at Southern Miss, Inouye spent three years as an assistant coach at Kentucky. In Lexington, she held down a myriad of responsibilities including recruiting coordinator, outfield coach, compliance liaison, co-director of camps and director of the squad's booster club. Prior to working at Kentucky, Inouye spent time as an assistant coach at Northwestern State (Natchitoches, LA) and served as a volunteer coach at her Alma Mater, UNLV.
Inouye was a two-year starter at UNLV, playing first base and catcher, and was named team captain. She was a three-time Academic All-Mountain West Conference team selection, a seven-time UNLV Dean's List honoree and received the Coaches Award her senior year.
A native of Mililani, HI, Inouye earned bachelor's degrees in recreation and leisure studies and in fitness management in 2002 and a master's in sports leadership from Kentucky in 2007.