Melodie “Mel” Winans returns to her alma mater to serve as an assistant under former Forester teammate and current head coach Lori Culler. Winans’ responsibilities include assisting with practices, recruiting and providing spiritual guidance and support to players on and off the court.
In addition to assisting the program for a year shortly after graduating from Huntington, Winans brings an additional seven years of coaching experience to the position with her most notable experience coming as the head volleyball coach at Prairie Heights High School where she was named the NECC Coach of the Year twice.
During her time as a Forester, Winans played basketball and volleyball. She was a member of the 1984 basketball squad that won the school’s first ever NCCAA National Championship. She along with her teammates were recently inducted into HU’s Hall of Fame.
Winans graduated from Huntington in 1984 with a BS in Business Administration. She returned several years later to earn a degree in Business Education. She currently serves as the Recruitment Coordinator for HU’s Graduate/Professional Programs. She and her husband Charley have three children Charleann, Paige and Garrit and one grandchild Leah.