Melissa Tallant is in her twelfth year at SASS. As an Assistant Director of SASS, she supervises two Academic Coordinators while serving as the Academic Coordinator for baseball, hockey and women's golf.
Melissa also coordinates the George Webster Memorial Scholarship designed to assist former Spartan student-athletes in the completion of their degree. Established in 2007, the scholarship has helped former soccer, baseball, wrestling, football, basketball, hockey and track student-athletes graduate from MSU.
George Webster Scholarship
George Webster was a standout football player at MSU from 1964-66. He played in the NFL for 10 years and later returned to MSU to complete his degree. The scholarship is open to student-athletes from all sports who are within 30 credits of degree completion.
Melissa has taught KIN 171 Athletics in Higher Education, a class for freshmen student-athletes, for eleven years. The class is offered every fall. In addition to her academic duties, Melissa annually designs the Student-Athlete Handbook and Planner which every student-athlete receives in the Fall.
A recipient of the Academic Advisor Site Visit Grant, she traveled to Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns, Australia in the summer of 2007 to observe the Summer Sports Program Down Under.
Summer Sports Program Down Under
The program is offered every summer for athletes of all levels (varsity, club, intramural) to train and compete with and against Australian athletes. Participants use the facilities from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games as well as learn about Australian culture and history.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Akron and her master’s degree in Athletic Counseling from Springfield College in Massachusetts. A Cleveland native, Melissa has also spent time at the University of Illinois, Cleveland State University, Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) and the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA).