|Previous College:||Denison University '04 / University of Michigan '06 / Bryn Mawr College '12|
|Major:||B.S. - Physics / M.S. - Kinesiology with Concentration in Biomechanics / P.H.D. Physics|
Melanie Lott begins her second season at the United StatesMerchant Marine Academy as an assistant track and field coach. Working with hurdlers, in 2011-12 she helped guide theMariners to strong improvements in this event. Freshman hurdlerMichelle Danhoff broke the Academy Record in the 60H a total offive times in the 2011-12 season, culminating with a mark of10.30.
As a collegiate athlete, Lott had one of the most successfulcareers at Denison University in the history of their track andfield program. She was a multiple time NCAA Division III nationalqualifier who finished as high as ninth in the nation in the 2001Indoor Championships in the 55-meter hurdles. She stillholds seven school records at Denison, including the 55H, 100H,long jump, triple jump, heptathlon, 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay.Lott was undefeated in the North Coast Athletic Conference for fourconsecutive years in the 100m hurdles and was named the NCAC MostOutstanding Sprinter/Hurdler in 2003. She twice was named anAcademic All-American (’03 and ’04) and garnered thehighest award given to a Denison student, the President’sMedal.
From 2006-2008 Lott taught physics and coached cross country andtrack and Field at Trinity Preparatory School in Winter Park, Fla.Using her experience as a cross country athlete throughout highschool, she assisted with the men’s varsity team that broughthome the FHSAA 2008 Class 1A State Championship.
Lott’s first coaching stint was as an assistant for theDickinson College track and field program from 2004-2005. Shehelped lead the Lady Red Devils to victory at the 2005 CentennialConference Indoor Championships. In her short tenure,Lott coached Katie Crème to NCAA National qualifying marksin the long jump and 100H. She also coached DavidRodbart to victory in the 400H at the Centennial ConferenceChampionships.
While her graduate work and teaching have taken the bulk of hertime over the past few years, her love of running and passion forthe sport has kept her active in the coaching world. Lott wasrecently awarded her PHD from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.Her research specializes in rotational motion and balance inballet dancers conducting pirouettes.