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Rebel Alumna Returns To UNLV As An Assistant Coach

Feb. 16, 2018

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV volleyball head coach Dawn Sullivan has added a familiar face to the Rebel bench with the hiring of alumna Melody Nua as an assistant coach. Nua, who played for the Scarlet & Gray from 2005-08, returns to Las Vegas after serving, most recently, as the director of volleyball operations at Loyola Marymount this past season.

At LMU, Nua helped coordinate travel, managed the team’s social media accounts and helped scouts when needed.

“I am excited to have Mel join my staff,” said Sullivan, who was named head coach of the Rebel program in January. “It became apparent very early in the process that Mel was going to be a perfect fit for this position. Mel knows what it takes to be successful. She was the starting setter on UNLV’s 2007 team that won the Mountain West Conference Championship. She has a strong passion to bring UNLV back to this high standard of excellence and the work ethic to make it happen.”

As a Rebel, Nua lettered all four seasons and helped the team to a 2007 Mountain West Championship and the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance. She was a two-time All-MW Team performer in 2007 and 2008, and was selected to the MW’s 2007 All-Tournament Team. She left her name etched in UNLV’s career record book in five different categories, including first in assists (4,797) and fourth in both matches played (120) and sets played (442). Additionally, she owns two of the best single-season performances in assists, as she ranks second and third with 1,433 in 2007 and 1,372 in 2005.

“Mel has strong ties to the Las Vegas community and to Southern California, which will be essential to recruiting and our continuing commitment to community involvement and in the volleyball program. She has a great personality, which allows her to easily relate to the student-athletes in and out of the gym. Just in the short time I have spent in the gym with her, she has proven she has the ability to teach the game of volleyball to our athletes. She also has an eye for identifying talent which will be essential in recruiting.”



Upon graduation with a degree in kinesiology from UNLV in 2009, Nua began coaching at the club and high school level. From 2010-12, her teams at Desert Elite and Club Vegas combined for a 45-4 overall record. The Long Beach, California, native moved back to the Golden State and coached Los Alamitos High School’s JV squad in 2012-13 to a pair of top-two finishes in Sunset League play. From 2014-16, she served as the head coach at Valley Christian High School (Cerritos) and led the team to a league title in 2016.

Nua has also been associated with the Seal Beach Volleyball Club coaching two teams per season dating back to 2012. Most recently, her 12-1 Division 2 team finished ninth overall in the Southern Cal region, while her 16-1 team qualified first in USA and finished 3rd in Chicago at the Windy City qualifier. During the 2015-16 season, her 16-1 squad took third in the Southern Cal region and earned a bid to the USA Nationals in the open division with a fifth-place showing, while her 18-1 team finished in Division 2 and 13th at AAU.

Nua made the leap to the collegiate level in 2013 when she joined Golden West College’s indoor and beach coaching staffs. At the Huntington Beach institution, she helped the indoor squad to a 41-20 overall mark with one trip to the state semifinals. In beach competition, the 2016 team won the Orange Empire Conference after two straight years of second-place finishes. The 2014 and 2015 teams concluded their seasons in third place at the state finals.

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