MELLANIE NAI AND TRACY STALKER NAMED WOMEN'S SOCCER ASSISTANT COACHES

Mellanie Nai and Tracy Stalker will join the Retrievers in 2003 as the assistant coaches for women's soccer, it was announced by head coach Michelle Salmon.

After capping off a successful career at Marist College, Mellanie Nai begins her first year at UMBC, working primarily with the Retriever goalkeepers.

As a captain of the Red Foxes during her senior year, Nai received Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) All-Academic Team honors, and also became an Academic All-American Nominee. As a junior, she was recognized as the MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year as she led Marist to the conference title, earning her First Team All-MAAC honors. In that same year, Nai also received both MAAC Player of the Week and East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Goalkeeper of the Week awards.

"We are very fortunate to add Mellanie to our coaching staff," said head coach Michelle Salmon. "Her background and experience is definitely a tremendous asset to our program."

A three-sport athlete at Marist, Nai was also a member of the women's basketball team from 1999-2000, and the women's lacrosse team in 2003. She graduated in May 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology.

Tracy Stalker joins UMBC after serving as an assistant at SUNY Cortland (2003) and as a volunteer with Syracuse University (2002). Stalker, a four-year letter-winner at Syracuse, served as team captain during her sophomore year. During that season, she received Second Team All Big East honors, as well as both NSCAA Regional All-American and Soccer Buzz Regional All-American awards. The following year, Stalker became a First Team Big East Preseason selection, and earned Verizon First Team Northeast Regional All-American, and NSCAA First Team Scholar All-American honors.

"Tracy has competed at a very high level of soccer, and her experience will be of great help to our players," said Michelle Salmon. "We are delighted to have her join the staff, as she will definitely bring something new and exciting to the program."

A four-time Big East Academic All-Star, Stalker was on the Dean's List every semester while at Syracuse, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Dietetics. Following graduation in 2002, she spent the summer playing semi-professional soccer with the Memphis Mercury.