Melissa Ohta begins her first season with the Arizona Volleyball team after three seasons as an assistant coach with Long Beach State. Ohta was a former player for State (1997-2000), and was a member on the 1998 National Championship team that went 36-0. Her coaching responsibilities while an assistant at CSULB include scheduling and recruiting as well as on-court duties.
As a player, Ohta earned team captain status in 2000, and was a three-time Big West Conference All-Academic selection. Ohta played in every match as a 49er.
Ohta has been active in the club volleyball scene since 1997 in Long Beach as a coach and trainer. She has been the head coach for the 14, 16, and 18's Elite Teams, and has produced 13 Junior Olympic All-Americans, one Junior Olympic Most valuable Player, and one Junior National Team member. Her Cal Juniors Volleyball Club were the 2005 Junior Olympic (16's) National Gold Medal winners.
In 2003 and 2004, Ohta served as the assistant women's volleyball coach with the University of Iowa and was responsible for travel, budgeting, and recruiting.
Ohta completed her degree from CSULB in Psychology and graduated cum laude in 2001.