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Golden Valley hires coach

Former Valencia player Williams agrees to lead team

Posted: August 19, 2009 10:09 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Golden Valley High School announced the hiring of Melanie Williams as the new head coach of the softball program Wednesday.

“We are fortunate to have Melanie step in and take over our program and we look forward to seeing our program continue to grow under her leadership,” said Golden Valley Co-Athletic Director Robert Fisher in a statement released by the school.

Williams played softball at Valencia High School for four years before graduating in 1999.

“She’s a great ballplayer,” said Valencia head softball coach Donna Lee. “I think she’s going to do a great job.”

She accepted a scholarship to Texas Wesleyan University and then transferred to the University of Texas at Arlington.

“She had pretty much everything we were looking for in terms of knowledge of the game,” Fisher said.
Williams will be a walk-on coach.

“Any time you get a player who has played with one of the country’s best coaches, you have to take that into consideration,” Fisher said. “(There were) so many things that set her apart from other candidates. It made it a no-brainer.”

Williams takes over for Courtney Carr, who resigned in early June and remained at Golden Valley to work at the school’s “Just Do It Center” which helps kids with homework.

Carr coached the varsity team for four years and served as an assistant for one.

In three seasons in the Foothill League, Golden Valley is only 2-28 in league play, with both wins coming over West Ranch.

The Grizzlies finished 6-18 this past season, including an 0-10 mark in the league. But they have a young core, with junior-to-be Branndi Melero and sophomore-to-be Alexandrea Martinez returning as the squad’s top two producers.

Williams could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening.

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