Melissa is going into her 4th year as Head coach of the Western University Mustangs. In the past three years she has lead a very successful rebuilding program that has resulted in Ontario Championship Bronze Medals the last two years.
Under her leadership several players have achieved OUA first and second team all-star status with one player being named First Team All-Canadian this past season.
Melissa brings a wealth of volleyball knowledge and experience to the Volleyball Kent High Performance Camp.
Western Sports Info - 4/3/2013
"I am thrilled to be bringing my passion and knowledge of the game of volleyball to the next chapter of Mustangs Volleyball history. It truly is an honour to be joining a school so rich in academic and athletic success."
"Having two Western Alumni as parents I have known from a young age about the excellence that is associated with the university. I could not be prouder to be joining that great tradition."
Bartlett joins the Mustangs with a wealth of playing and coaching experience, including spending the past two seasons as the head coach of the Team Ontario Under-18 women?s program. In addition to her time with Team Ontario, Bartlett has also spent the past three seasons as both a head and assistant coach at Chatham Kent Secondary School and the Chatham Ballhawks club programs.
?Melissa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as a player and coach to our Mustang Women's Volleyball program,? said Therese Quigley, Director of Sport and Recreation Services. ?She is a highly respected coach and an inspiring leader who has a reputation of being a game changer. It is a pleasure for me to welcome Melissa to Western.?
Prior to beginning her coaching career Bartlett was a standout player all the way from the local level up to national and professional competition. A member of the Canadian Youth National Team in 2002 and the Canadian Junior National Team in 2003 and 2004, Bartlett took her skills south of the border for her university career, playing for Eastern Michigan in 2004 and 2005 earning a Second Team All-Conference Award in the Mid-American Conference, part of NCAA Division I.
Bartlett continued that success at Hillsdale College in NCAA Division II, being named a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference (GLIAC) First Team All-Conference player in 2006 and 2007 as well as the 2007 GLIAC Conference Player of the Year. She also received the a 2007 GLIAC Commissioners Award for Outstanding Student-Athlete as well as being named a 2007 NCAA and Daktronics First Team All-American.
Following her university career Bartlett joined the professional ranks in Spain playing for the Algar Surmenor Women?s Volleyball Team in Cartagena. Bartlett excelled once again, leading the league in scoring in the 2008-09 season.
Upon returning to Canada Bartlett focused on her teaching and coaching careers while still playing competitively. In 2012 she won the Volleyball Canada Nationals and was a tournament All-Star.
Holding a Bachelor of Science Degree from Hillsdale College and a teaching certificate, Bartlett currently teaches in the Lambton Kent District School Board covering a variety of subjects and grade levels.