July 13, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Head women's soccer coach Joe Mallia announced today that Mellanie Nai will be joining his staff as an assistant coach.
Nai is no stranger to the Loyola program or the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, having played for Marist from 1999-2002. As a four-year starting goalkeeper for the Red Foxes, Nai was named the 2001 MAAC Goalkeeper of the Year, first-team all-conference as well as to the all-academic squad. In 2001, she ranked third in the country in saves per game and set a school record for single season save percentage with .860. Nai holds two more school records at Marist. With seven shutouts in 2000, Nai ranks at the top of the Red Foxes' list for shutouts in a season and as a freshman she made a school record 29 saves in a single game.
Most recently Nai worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore County as the goalkeepers coach. The Retrievers finished 2003 season with a 7-8-1 record and 4-4-1 in the America East Conference. There she helped the UMBC keepers to a 1.48 goals against average.
"We feel Mellanie is a great addition to our staff at Loyola," Mallia said. "She's a bright, young coach and I've gained a lot of respect for her on and off the field in the years we competed against her in the MAAC. The great thing she brings to the table is her knowledge and respect of our program and her understanding of were we are trying to go."
The Greyhounds will open their 2004 season at in Williamsburg, Va. on August 24th.