Melanie Moore enters her sixth season as an assistant coach with the women's basketball team in 2012-13, having joined the program in 2007. She works primarily with the post players and is the women's basketball recruiting coordinator.
Moore has helped guide the Tigers a 95-50 overall, 65-16 Ivy League record over the past five years. Princeton posted 24-plus win seasons the last three years, including two perfect 14-0 Ivy slates. The Tigers, who earned the Ivy League's first-ever women's basketball national ranking in 2012 at No. 24, won the Ivy title the last three consecutive seasons and berths into the NCAA Tournament. Princeton earned the top seed-ever in Ivy League history into the 2012 NCAA Tournament at No. 9.
Under Moore's tutelage as the team's recruiting coordinator, each of Princeton's five recruiting classes have had at least one player nationally ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz. The incoming class of 2012 was ranked the No. 3 mid-major class by HoopGurlz and boasts three players who are nationally ranked prospects. In addition, the Tigers first recruiting class ranked No. 74 in the All-Star Girls Report, including a player that ranked No. 41 in the HoopGurlz 100.
Entering the 2011-12 season, Moore was ranked No. 12 on Collegeinsides.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Women's College Basketball Assistants. The Tigers finished the year at 24-5, 14-0 Ivy, and rode a 17-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament. Forward Niveen Rasheed '13 was a Full Court All-America First Team selection, the unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year and a unanimous All-Ivy First Team. Devona Allgood '12 earned her third straight All-Ivy selection, earning second team accolades.
The 2010-11 squad posted a 24-5 overall record and earned votes in both national polls throughout the season. The Tigers went 13-1 in the Ivy League to win their second straight Ivy League Championship, earning the program's second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2009-10, Princeton went 26-3 with a perfect 14-0 mark in the Ivy League to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The team set numerous records during the year including: most wins in a season (26), winning 25 of those 26 games by double figures, most road victories (14), longest win streak (21), longest home win streak (9), fewest losses (3), best win percentage (.897), most conference wins (14), most points (2051), highest scoring average (70.7), ranking sixth in the nation in scoring defense and fifth in scoring margin.
Moore has helped current post Devona Allgood '12 to lead the league in field goal percentage in 2009-10 and 2010-11. Allgood ranks 10th all-time in rebounds (626) and fourth in blocks (124). Also ranking in the career blocks list is post Cheryl Stevens '10. Moore has also coached the 2010 Ivy League Rookie of the Year Niveen Rasheed '13 into the records book. Rasheed played post her freshman year when she recorded 447 points, the fifth highest point total in a single season at Princeton. During that 2009-10 season, Allgood and Rasheed combined for 19 double-doubles.
Prior to joining the Tiger staff, Moore was an assistant coach at Dayton University for one season after gaining experience at both Indiana State and her alma mater, Siena College.
Moore graduated from Siena in 1999 with a degree in finance and spent the better part of two years following graduation playing professionally in Luxembourg and Israel. She remains the all-time leading rebounder and second-leading in Siena's Division I history, with 1,122 rebounds and 2,021 points. Highlighting her collegiate career was being named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year in both 1998 and 1999.
In 2001, Moore returned to Siena as an admissions officer before joining the women's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2002-03 season. That year, Siena advanced to the second round of the WNIT, and the Saints followed that up in 2003-04 with a second straight MAAC regular-season title.
A native of Glandorf, Ohio, Moore then moved to Indiana State for a two-year stint from 2004-06. In 2005-06, the Sycamores won 27 games and played in the WNIT.
Post players are Moore's specialty. She helped Ashley Clark at Indiana State win first-team all-Missouri Valley conference honors in 2005 and Siena center Liene Jansone was the 2003 MAAC Player of the Year.
Moore and Banghart played against each other three times with Siena winning two of the three contests with Dartmouth. As assistant coaches, Moore's Siena team won a home game over Dartmouth in 2004 and Banghart's Big Green beat Dayton in Hanover in 2006.
She and her husband Joe reside in Lawrenceville, N.J. They are parents to son Tristin, born on Selection Monday 2011.