Head Coach - TBA
Melissa Makielski enters her seventh year as an assistant coach for the Belles in the 2014-15 season. Helping Saint Mary’s to their sixth consecutive season in the top four in the MIAA, Makielski’s extensive background in the nation’s oldest athletic conference will continue to aid the Belles’ hopes to be a mainstay in the top of the league.
Prior to joining the Saint Mary’s coaching staff, Makielski served as the sports information director (2003-08), assistant women’s basketball (2003-08) and softball coach (2004-07), and the head junior varsity women’s basketball coach at fellow MIAA school Tri-State University (since renamed Trine University). While in Angola, she also was the assistant camp director for the Hoosier Basketball Camp from 2003 to 2007.
A Dean’s List and President’s List student while at Tri-State, Makielski (then Cope) graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education. She was a four-year varsity basketball player for the Thunder and was twice named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team. Makielski was also the recipient of the Tri-State University Shari Coons Award, which is given to the class’s outstanding senior female student-athlete.
Last spring, Makielski completed her master's degree in organizational leadership from Indiana Tech.