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Former volleyball standout named assistant coach

Coach Chuck Voss says Mel Badziong brings ‘energy and passion’ to coaching staff

By Eric Bonzar

July 12, 2012

Cleveland State University volleyball fans will notice a familiar face on the bench when the women’s team takes center court this upcoming season.

Head coach Chuck Voss announced on June 18, that former CSU volleyball standout, Mel Badziong (Snyder) will be filling the role of assistant coach for the team.

Voss told CSUVIKINGS.COM that he and the organization are thrilled to have Badziong join the coaching staff and that her past experience as a player will be valuable to the team moving forward.

"Mel will bring an energy and passion to the sideline that will be very beneficial for everyone on the team. Mel was a great leader when she was a student-athlete at CSU and I believe that she will continue that throughout her coaching career," said Voss.

As an assistant coach, Voss said Badziong will be involved with the recruiting process and participating in summer camps as well.

“She will help in all areas,” said Voss. “(Assistant coach) Phil (Abiad) and I are very busy throughout the year, and she will help us all do our job more efficiently. Mel will be an extra set of eyes in the gym, and will help immensely with recruiting, especially in the Cleveland area.”

As a recruiter, Badziong said aside from athletic ability, she will be looking for athletes that love to compete and have the drive to win.

“Potential Vikings will welcome challenges, be great teammates, possess strong leadership qualities, and possess an in-depth knowledge of the game,” she said.
“I will also be looking for athletes that will work well with the current team, as team chemistry is so important in volleyball.”

Badziong, a 2009 CSU graduate with a degree in middle childhood education, said she plans to use lessons learned in the classroom to help make the team more successful, and her become an effective coach.

“I think the biggest thing is the skill of reading people and differentiating instruction to meet their needs,” she said.

“This was a skill that was really stressed in the education program, and will be used when coaching. Teaching the same thing in different ways allows for better understanding across a group.”

During her time at CSU, Badziong was a four-year letter winner and ranked third all-time with 4,076 career assists. Badziong was also named to the All-Horizon First team in 2006 and 2007 and was awarded the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-Region First Team honors following her senior season.

Badziong said her past accomplishments as a student-athlete, and the four years spent learning under her former coach, will provide her the tools to be a successful coach herself.

“Chuck taught me so much when I was at CSU, including skills for playing the game and coaching,” she said.

“I hope that my energy and passion for the game will stand out, and that I can be a positive influence for many student athletes, so they can share the same successes I did as a CSU Viking.”