Minnesota grad led Binghamton to seven-consecutive America East titles
Buckeyes and Gamecocks will compete in first round at 10 a.m. Friday in Durham, N.C.
Buckeyes improve to 3-0 at home this spring
Outing vs. Youngstown State will also be Buckeyes Go Pink match
Sanford is ranked No. 1 player in Midwest region
Melissa Schaub is in her second season as the head coach of the Ohio State women's tennis team after spending 2012-13 as the interim head coach and 2011-12 as an assistant coach for the Buckeyes. At the helm as interim head coach, she guided the Buckeyes to ten wins in dual matches, including Big Ten conference victories vs. Penn State, Minnesota and Iowa. The squad, which ranked as high as No. 41 in the ITA poll, notched four shutouts on the year and a pair of victories against top 50 opponents. 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 graduted 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 Penn. 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.