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Coach Melcher is entering his 18th season as head women's soccer coach at Robert Morris University and he's doing so with confidence. Since the year 2000, RMU soccer has consistently been ranked nationally and is a CCAC Conference title contender year in and year out.
Melcher has led his team to six NAIA National Tournament appearances, where the Eagles have advanced to the "Final Four" (2004), "Elite Eight" (2010), and "Sweet Sixteen" (2002, 2003, 2005). He has also led his team to seven Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) titles and to two CCAC Tournament championships. Over his seventeen years, Melcher has coached 25 NAIA All-Americans, 36 All-Region players, and 69 All-CCAC athletes. Six Lady Eagles have earned CCAC Player of the Year honors, three also being named NAIA Region VII Players of the Year. Melcher is perhaps proudest of the 42 of players who have been named NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, an honor that highlights the program's commitment to academics.
Melcher says, "Robert Morris University provides our program with absolutely everything we need to be successful. From equipment to administrative support, everything is done first class."
Prior to his RMU career, Melcher played soccer at NCAA Division I University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC). As captain he led that team to its best record ever. His coaching career began in 1992 at UIC as the first full-time assistant coach. In 1995 Melcher took on the role of head coach of the newly formed RMU women's soccer team. Melcher holds a United States Soccer Federation National "B" coaching license, has worked with the NSCAA and IYSA, and has been actively involved with the Illinois Olympic Development Program. He was selected as CCAC Coach of the Year three different times (2002, 2004, 2010) and twice as Region Coach of the Year (2002 & 2010). Melcher is also an active member of Green-White S.C., a top amateur soccer club in the Chicagoland area.