Melissa Tallant is in her 12th year at SASS. As an Assistant Director of SASS, she supervises two academic coordinators while serving as the academic coordinator for baseball, hockey and women's golf.
Tallant also 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 soccer, baseball, wrestling, football, basketball, hockey and track student-athletes graduate from MSU.
Tallant has taught KIN 171 Athletics in Higher Education, a class for freshmen student-athletes, for 11 years. The class is offered every fall. In addition to her academic duties, she annually designs the Student-Athlete Handbook and Planner which every student-athlete receives in the Fall.
A recipient of the Academic Advisor Site Visit Grant, she traveled to Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns, Australia in the summer of 2007 to observe the Summer Sports Program Down Under.
Tallant 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, she 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).