Mary Ann Meltzer begins her third season guiding the Lawrence Tech women’s lacrosse team. The honors that Meltzer’s LTU teams have amassed defy her short stint on campus. In 2017-18 she will look to follow the most successful season for any sport in LTU’s history.
The 2016-17 squad was the NAIA National Champion runner-up and the WHAC Co-Conference Champion. It featured the NAIA National Player of the Year, four 1st Team All-Americans, one 2nd Team All-American and the IWLCA NAIA Scholar Athlete of the Year. It also featured the National Coach of the Year, as Meltzer earned that award following the team’s 18-2 season and #2 final national ranking.
In two seasons leading the Blue Devils, Meltzer’s record is 33-10 (.767 winning percentage). Her teams have advanced to at least the National semifinals (semifinalists in 2016; finalists in 2017), the NWLL Finals (finalists in 2016) and the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference Championship Game (Champions in 2016) each year. She has coached eight NAIA All-Americans (seven first team), 11 WHAC All-Conference players (nine first team) and 11 WHAC All-Academic selections.
Her players are routinely honored with conference and national Player of the Week honors. In 2016, LTU featured the NWLL Offensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.
Her team’s success and individual accolades for her LTU players continues a history of coaching success. Prior to taking over LTU, Meltzer coached for three years at Olivet College (NCAA Division III) where she took the team from last in the conference her first year to the semi finals her last year. Before that she was the first NCAA Division I head coach in the state of Michigan, when she started the University of Detroit Mercy women’s program. Prior to that, she was for five years the head coach for the University of Michigan’s highly-successful women’s club team. At each stop, Meltzer’s teams have competed for conference and national honors. At Michigan, her teams advanced to the WDIA National Tournament every year, advancing to the national semifinals three times and the national championship game once. At Michigan she amassed a 93-22 overall record (.809 winning percentage).
Following LTU’s incredible 2016-17 campaign, Meltzer was named the recipient of the Mary E. and Richard E. Marburger Distinguished Achievement Award – one of LTU’s most prestigious awards. The honor is given annually to the faculty or staff member who brings distinction and notoriety to the University.
Meltzer’s coaching prowess is an extension of her success as a player. A two-time All-America at the University of Maryland, Meltzer was the National Offensive Player of the Year as a senior in 1990, when she led the Terps to a spot in the National Championship game. She also spent five years as a member of the US Lacrosse National Squad. In 2002, Meltzer was named a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 50th Anniversary Team.
A native of Worthington, Ohio, Meltzer was inducted into the Ohio Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2002. She was similarly honored with induction into the Michigan Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2012. A former member of the US Lacrosse Board of Directors, Meltzer is a frequent clinician and tireless advocate for creating opportunities for women to compete in athletics.
Meltzer is the proud mother of two. Son, Austin, 21 and daughter, Emily, 18, both currently attend Michigan State University. She resides in Farmington Hills, Michigan.