CINCINNATI — Ottawa-Glandorf graduate Melanie Moore was announced Friday as Xavier’s new head women’s basketball coach.
Moore joins the Musketeers after a spending seven seasons at Michigan, most recently serving as associate head coach.
Moore becomes the eighth coach in program history. Xavier will hold a introductory press conference at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the media room at Cintas Center.
“We couldn’t be happier to announce Melanie as our next women’s basketball coach,” Xavier Vice President for Administration and Director of Athletics Greg Christopher said in a news release. “After talking with Melanie over the last week and hearing her vision to move our program forward, it became clear that she would be a perfect fit at Xavier.
“Melanie brings a great blend of experience to Xavier. She was an accomplished collegiate player who played professionally. And in 17 years of coaching, Melanie’s been a part of rebuilding programs and high-level success.”
Moore, whose maiden name is Halker and graduated from O-G in 1995, was the Titans’ all-time scoring leader with 1,204 points until being passed by Kadie Hempfling in 2018. In 2013 she was named No. 17 on The Lima News’ top 25 girls players of the past 25 years.
Moore then went on to play for Siena where she was named was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and earned a degree in finance.
Moore was inducted into the Siena Hall of Fame in 2005 and the MAAC Hall of Fame in 2018. She also played professionally in Luxembourg and Israel for two years following graduation from Siena.
During her time on the bench at Michigan, Moore helped the Wolverines post a 156-85 overall record with a 66-52 mark in Big Ten play. Michigan advanced to postseason play in all seven seasons, including three NCAA Tournament appearances. The Wolverines also recorded 20 or more wins in each season.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be the next leader for Xavier women’s basketball,” Moore said in a news release. “Xavier is an incredible place that prides itself on academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to get to work and lead the women’s basketball program back to excellence both on and off the court.”
Moore was hired as an assistant coach at Michigan in 2012 after a five-year stint as an assistant coach at Princeton. The Tigers posted a 95-50 (65-16 Ivy League) record during her time as an assistant coach. Princeton also won three conference titles and made three NCAA Tournament appearances.
Moore also served as an assistant coach at Dayton (2006-07), Indiana State (2004-06) and Siena (2002-04).
Moore and her husband, Joe, have two children, Tristin and Ayla.
Among those on Xavier’s roster next season will be Minster’s Courtney Prenger.