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University of Montana - Softball
University of Montana - Softball



The 2017 season is Melanie Meuchel’s third year as the Montana softball program’s pitching coach. Meuchel, a Missoula native and 1997 graduate of Big Sky High, was hired in September 2013 as the program’s first assistant coach.

She has 12 years of college coaching experience, 11 of which have been at the NCAA Division I level.

In Montana’s first season of competition, in 2015, the team’s pitchers helped the Grizzlies win 16 games. The three-pitcher staff had an ERA of 4.75.

Montana improved to 29 wins in 2016. Sara Stephenson won 14 games, the third-highest total in the Big Sky Conference, and Maddy Stensby threw five-inning no-hitters against both Portland State and Great Falls.

Meuchel (pronounced Michael) was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference pitcher at Mesa State College (now Colorado Mesa University) and helped lead the Mavericks to the 2000 NCAA Division II Women’s College World Series.

She began her coaching career as a student assistant at Mesa State in 2002. She earned her degree in 2002 in human performance and wellness (K-12).

After two years as an assistant coach at McNeese State (2003-04), Meuchel spent the 2005 season as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma. The Sooners won 50 games in 2005 and advanced to an NCAA Super Regional. It would be the first of four trips to the NCAA tournament for Meuchel.

Meuchel joined the staff at Nevada in 2006 and coached the Wolf Pack for seven years. She worked under Michelle Gardner, who is now the head coach at Indiana, from 2006-08, then remained on staff when Matt Meuchel, her brother, took over the program.

Meuchel worked as the Wolf Pack’s pitching coach and recruiting coordinator as Nevada went to three NCAA tournaments and twice won 40 games. Meuchel coached Katie Holverson to Western Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year honors in 2009.

She stepped away from coaching following the 2012 season and returned to Missoula.