There will be a familiar face on the University of Louisville volleyball sideline as Melissa Starck Bean returns to the Cardinal Volleyball staff as an assistant coach.
"Melissa was my first hire when I took the head coaching job at Saint Louis and helped me lay the foundation for a successful program," said U of L head coach Anne Kordes. "I couldn't be more excited to work with her again as she is not only a great coach and an incredible recruiter, but she is an amazing person. I am excited to welcome her back to the Louisville program."
Since 2009, Starck-Bean has been Assistant Club Director at Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy (KIVA), Louisville's prestigious volleyball club. She was the 16-1 head coach. Her responsibilities there included acting as recruiting coordinator, aid in training development, organizing tournaments, practicing planning, and running college showcases. While there, she coached the AAU Nationals Champions in 2008 and was the coach of the JVDA National Champions 2008 and Runner Up 2009. She aided in the recruitment process of more than 40 girls to college scholarships over four years. She coached four Fab Fifty Recruits as ranked by Prep Volleyball. She also coached one college Freshman of the Year and two college All-Americans.
In her first stint at the Ville, she spent in 2005-2009 as an associate coach working under Coach Leonid Yelin, where her responsibilities included acting as recruiting coordinator, camp director, public relations contact, and assisting with game and practice planning. During her tenure, the Cardinals won a conference championship and advanced to the 2005 NCAA Sweet 16. She coached two AVCA All-Americans , a Big East Player of the Year and helped assemble the 2005 recruiting class that was ranked 12th in the country.
A native of Louisville, Bean worked for Anne Kordes and Saint Louis University volleyball where she joined the Billiken staff in 2004. Bean helped take SLU to a 15-17 finish and a seventh place standing in the league. As part of SLU's rebuilding efforts, Bean coached outside hitter Aida Antanaviciute, who was named honorable mention All-America by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) and was the first Billiken volleyball player to earn All-America status in the program's history. Earlier that year, Antanaviciute was selected first-team All-Midwest Region and first-team All-Conference USA.
"I am so excited be back with Louisville Volleyball and the opportunity to work with Anne Kordes again," said Starck-Bean. "She has been my mentor since getting into coaching and I have a tremendous amount of respect for her."
Prior to that stint, Bean was the top assistant at Jacksonville State University for the 2003 and 2004 seasons for head coach Rick Nold, a former U of L volleyball assistant coach. Bean was the recruiting coordinator for Jacksonville State and was a part of two Sun Belt Conference East Division titles. In 2003, JSU finished with a record of 23-7 overall, 12-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Prior to JSU, Bean was the assistant coach for the U-14 team at KIVA and the Teams in Training 12's head coach. She also was a coach and camp instructor for nine years at the Ohio Valley Volleyball Center.
Bean was a standout hitter at Western Kentucky and is WKU's career leader in matches played. As a senior, she helped WKU to a 25-8 record, and the Hilltoppers had two seasons with 25 or more victories during her playing career. Bean was named WKU's Female Senior Athlete of the Year in 2001 and was nominated for the Golden Key Honor Society. She was the school's leader in service aces with 176, ranks second all-time at WKU in digs with 1,510 and finished with 1,265 career kills.
Bean was named a Sun Belt Conference Scholar-Athlete for four consecutive years, and she was a member of the Dean's List every semester at Western Kentucky. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in special education, learning and behavioral disorders in 2001 from WKU.
Bean was an honorable mention All-American player at Assumption High School where she played for legendary coach Ron Kordes. She served the 2001 season as the head coach for the junior varsity team and assistant for the freshman team.
Bean and her husband, Nick, have a son Jackson, 4. They reside in Louisville.