Schaub led Buckeyes to Big Ten titles, program’s first NCAA semifinal appearance
Kowase named Midwest Senior of the Year, Schaub honored as region’s coach of the year
Sophomore named B1G Player of the Year, joined by De Santis, Kowase and Sanford on All-B1G Team
No. 1 seed Ohio State defeats No. 2 seed Michigan to win second consecutive tournament title
Ohio State undefeated in B1G play for second straight year
Coach Schaub Postmatch - NCAA Semifinal
Buckeye sophomore Francesca Di Lorenzo and head coach Melissa Schaub part of victorious Team USA squad
Buckeyes Close Regular Season with Win vs. Michigan State
Women's Tennis NCAA Match vs. South Carolina
Muirfield Collegiate Tennis Invitational
The three-time defending Big Ten Coach of the Year, back-to-back ITA Midwest Region Coach of the Year and 2017 ITA National Coach of the Year, Schaub spent her first campaign at Ohio State (2011-12) as an assistant coach before she was named interim head coach for 2012-13 and then took the reigns as the head coach beginning in 2013-14. Her record at Ohio State is 112-36, with a 43-12 Big Ten regular season mark, through 2016-17.
Coming off arguably the best season in program history in 2016, the 2017 squad reached even higher. The 2017 team was the first in program history to advance to the NCAA semifinals, falling to Stanford 4-3, and notched a program-record 32 wins with just three losses. The squad, which ended the year ranked third, was 11-0 in Big Ten matches for a second straight year (outscoring league foes 73-1) to claim the league title and defended its conference tournament crown. The tandem of Miho Kowase and Francesca Di Lorenzo won the 2017 NCAA Doubles Championship, the first national title in program history, and earned All-America honors, with Di Lorenzo, the Big Ten Player of the Year, also earning All-America accolades in singles as she was the nation’s No. 1-ranked player all spring. The four members of the senior class ended their careers with 102 wins, the winningest class in program history. The squad was also outstanding in the classroom and garnered ITA All-Academic Team laurels.
In December 2016, Schaub was one of two coaches on the staff for the Team USA squad that won the Master’U BNP Paribas International Collegiate Team Competition in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France. Team USA defeated Russia in the final, 4-1, after wins over Germany (5-2) in the semifinals and Ireland, (6-1) in the quarterfinals. Each team match consisted of two men’s and two women’s singles matches, one women’s and one men’s doubles match and a mixed doubles match, with the team comprised of top American collegians, including Di Lorenzo.
In 2016, the squad was the first Ohio State team to host NCAA Tournament matches and reach both the NCAA Round of 16 and the quarterfinals. The squad, 31-3 overall, won the program’s first conference championship with an 11-0 mark and captured Ohio State’s inaugural league tournament title. Di Lorenzo was an All-American, the Big Ten Freshman and Player of the Year and won the program’s first ITA national title. The team earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history and ended the year ranked sixth.
The program has also been outstanding in the classroom during Schaub’s tenure. Since 2013 the Buckeyes have received 32 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors, 22 Academic All-Big Ten awards, 14 ITA Scholar-Athlete mentions and 10 Big Ten Distinguished Scholar accolades. The team has earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, given to teams scoring in the Top 10 percent in their sport based on multi-year Academic Progress Rates, during each season Schaub has been at the helm.
In the community, the Buckeyes give back by volunteering with a number of organizations, including Buddy Up Tennis and the Stephanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research.
In 2014-15 the Buckeyes had a then-school record tying 20 wins (with just seven losses) and had 11 shutouts during the year. The Buckeyes finished second in the Big Ten, posting 10 wins in league play, and advanced to the Big Ten Tournament championship match for the first time since 2004. The squad ended the year ranked 21st, the first time in the Top 25 of the final poll since 2000, and reached a high of 17th during the year to match the program’s high.
In the 2013-14 season, Schaub led the Buckeyes to a 19-9 record, one win shy of the program record at the time (20), en route to a third-place finish in the B1G and the squad’s first NCAA tournament appearance since 2010. The program was recognized as an ITA All-Academic Team.
Schaub, a Lexington, Ohio, native who had a standout collegiate career at Tennessee, was on the coaching staff at Middle Tennessee State for five seasons, including one as head coach (2010-11), prior to joining the Ohio State staff.
Schaub played four years for the Tennessee Volunteers (2003-06), where she was ranked as high as No. 2 nationally in doubles and the squad reached the No. 4 spot in the national polls during her career.
She was an All-American and second team All-SEC selection as a freshman, finishing the year ranked sixth nationally. Although struggling with injuries as a sophomore and junior campaign, she posted 25 dual-match doubles wins. As a senior, Schaub played at Nos. 2 and 3 singles before moving into the No. 1 position in early April where she went 3-0 in the SEC tournament. She was ranked nationally in doubles as a senior with partner Vilmarie Castellvi and ended her career with 70 doubles wins to rank in the Top 10 in program history.
Schaub was a member of the SEC Good Works Team and SEC Academic Honor Roll and was the recipient of the athletics department’s “No Guts, No Glory” award as a senior. She graduated with a degree in psychology in 2006.
Schaub was a two-sport athlete at Lexington High School, playing both tennis and basketball. She won the Ohio state singles title as a senior in 2001 when she led her squad to a third-place finish at the state tournament. She was a part of four conference and district championship squads during her career.
Schaub’s brother, Ty, played for the Ohio State men’s tennis team and served as a captain as a senior when the Buckeyes were the NCAA runner-up. He is currently the assistant coach at Tennessee. Her sister, Courtney, was on the tennis team at Cumberland University from 2008-12.
She is the daughter of Ron Schaub and Mindy Cooper. Her father, who played tennis at Ohio University, is the teaching pro at Lakewood Racquet Club and boys and girls tennis coach at Lexington High School.