University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Director of Athletics Amanda Van Voorhis recently announced the promotion of Linee Mello-Frost '11 as head coach of the Corsair field hockey program. Mello-Frost, a decorated student-athlete and lead assistant for the past four years, is the ninth coach in program history.
"Linee has been entrenched in our field hockey traditions and long-standing success as a student-athlete and assistant coach," Van Voorhis said. "She earned this opportunity through eight years of hard work and commitment. I'm confident her skills and abilities as a Head Coach will produce the results we've grown to expect from UMass Dartmouth Field Hockey."
Mello-Frost inherits an UMass Dartmouth squad that has posted seven straight winning seasons, three berths into the NCAA Division III tournament, and three Little East Conference titles. Last Fall, the Corsairs went 12-11, including a 7-4 mark within the conference circuit, and advanced to the finals of the Little East Conference Championship tournament. She steps into the role previously held by her mentor, Nicole Maher. Maher, who led the program for the past nine seasons, stepped down in July, but will remain on staff as an assistant coach.
Mello-Frost graduated from the UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2011 and joined the Corsair staff as an assistant coach. She helped UMass Dartmouth sustain its overall success, boasting a combined record of 53-34 (.609). In 2012, the Corsairs matched the single-season record for wins (17) and raised the Little East Conference Championship trophy for the third time in the past four years.
A native of New Bedford, Mass., Mello-Frost registered three goals and nine assists for 15 total points in 77 career games. The standout defender helped UMass Dartmouth to a 51-33 overall record (.607), including a 30-14 (.682) mark in the Little East Conference between 2007 and 2010. During her career, the Corsairs captured the programs first Little East Conference title and automatic qualification into the 2009 NCAA Division III tournament. UMass Dartmouth defended its conference championship in 2010, falling to nationally-ranked Cortland State in the opening round of the national tournament.
Mello-Frost was an accomplished hurdler for the women's track and field program. The two-time captain is the current indoor record holder in the 55-meter and 60-meter hurdles, while also owning the lowest outdoor mark in the 100-meter hurdles. Mello-Frost was a four-time individual Little East Conference champion, while also running a leg of the victorious 4x100-meter team.