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 two-time defending Big Ten 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 80-33, with a 31-12 Big Ten regular season mark, entering 2016-17.
The 2016 campaign was arguably the best in program history.
Among the highlights:
11-0 Big Ten record to win the program’s first conference championship
First conference tournament title for the program
31-3 overall record, setting school record for wins in a season
No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, leading to the first NCAA home games for the program
Three NCAA wins to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time
Four Buckeyes earned First Team All-Big Ten honors
Francesca Di Lorenzo became the third All-American in program history, was named both Big Ten Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year and won the ITA National Indoor championship for the program’s first ITA title
Ohio State had NCAA Championship qualifiers in both singles and doubles
Earned the first No. 1 ranking in program history and ended the year a program-best sixth
The program has also been outstanding in the classroom during Schaub’s tenure. Since 2013 the Buckeyes have received 26 Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors, 17 Academic All-Big Ten awards, 12 ITA Scholar-Athlete mentions and five 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 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 a 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 best.
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.
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 San Diego. 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.