Melissa Tallant is in her 17th year at SASS. An Assistant Director, she is the Academic Coordinator for baseball, ice hockey, women's golf, softball and the liaison for former student-athletes.
In her time at MSU, all of her sports have shown improvement in team GPAs. Women’s golf has had the top team GPA for all of MSU sports for the past six years with a 3.56. In the past year, baseball, ice hockey and softball have posted their third highest GPA in team history, while golf posted their second highest GPA in team history.
Melissa coordinates the George Webster Memorial Scholarship designed to assist former Spartan student-athletes in the completion of their degree. Established in 2007, the scholarship has helped former baseball, basketball, football, field hockey, ice hockey, soccer, track and wrestling student-athletes graduate from MSU. For more information or to apply, please visit http://websterfund.org/
For the past sixteen years, Melissa has taught KIN 171 Athletics in Higher Education, a transitional class for freshmen student-athletes. The class is offered every fall and covers topics such as eligibility, financial literacy and navigating university life. In addition to her academic duties, Melissa annually designs the Student-Athlete Handbook and Planner which every student-athlete receives in the Fall. She was also the lead project manager on the rebranding of SASS, which was rolled out in the summer of 2015.
Melissa coordinates the education abroad programs for student-athletes. A recipient of the Academic Advisor Site Visit Grant, she traveled to Australia in the summer of 2007 to observe the Summer Sports Program Down Under, a five week program that visits 3 Australian cities. In 2015, a 2-week program was launched, Sports and Culture in Australia, for those student-athletes who are unable to attend the 5 week program due to their sport responsibilities. In the summer of 2016, SASS partnered with Northumbria University in Newcastle, England. Student-athletes have the opportunity to study in England for three weeks in the summer or pursue a master’s degree and still compete in their sport after their NCAA eligibility is exhausted.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Akron and her master’s degree in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts. A Cleveland native, Melissa has also spent time at the University of Illinois, Cleveland State University, Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).