Melissa Bieman joined the Columbia softball staff in the summer of 2011. Bieman works primarily with the team's pitchers.
In Bieman’s second year, the Lions’ pitching staff improved in nearly every statistical category and ranked second in the Ivy League in ERA (2.76) and strikeouts (236). Additionally, first-year Emily Kenyon had the finest rookie campaign of any Columbia pitcher, posting 10 wins a 2.70 ERA and 146 strikeouts en route to being named All-Ivy League Second Team.
Bieman served as pitching coach for the Stony Brook from 2007-11, and helped the staff to unprecedented success during her tenure. Over her five years with the team, Seawolves pitchers garnered a 2.38 earned run average and a .626 winning percentage.
Under her guidance, the pitchers broke team records for ERA in a season (2.05), wins in a season (36) and also had the school's first America East Pitcher of the Year, Alyssa Struzenberg. The Seawolves won the America East Championship and advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the first time in program history in 2008, and won a regular-season title the following year.
Prior to Stony Brook, Bieman was an assistant coach at Binghamton University, where she worked with the pitching staff and hitters. Before Binghamton, she helped lead Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, N.Y., to a pair of National Junior College Athletic Association World Series' in 2003 and 2004.
As a player, Bieman starred at Florida Community College at Jacksonville, where she went 23-4 with a 0.26 ERA en route to all-state and all-conference honors as a first-year. After two seasons at F.C.C.J., the Wingham, Ontario native moved on to Syracuse University where she recorded the first home run, hit and shutout in program history. She also won two Canadian Senior Women's National Championships as a member of the Kitchener Krush in 2006 and 2009.
A consumer studies major, Bieman graduated with her bachelor's degree from Syracuse in 2001.