Melissa Bieman joined the Columbia softball staff in the summer of 2011. Bieman works primarily with the team's pitchers.
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
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
A consumer studies major, Bieman graduated with her
bachelor's degree from Syracuse in 2001