MINNEAPOLIS – The "interim" tag has been removed from the job titles of a pair of Augsburg College coaches, the school announced this week. Melissa Lee has been named head coach of the Auggie softball team, while Nora Stauber will serve as the head women's swimming and diving coach.
"There is no one more deserving to lead our women's softball program than Mel Lee – she defines the culture of the Augsburg softball program," Athletic Director Jeff Swenson said. "Mel Lee has emerged as an excellent player, assistant coach and now head coach, and we are confident that the future is very bright for Augsburg softball under her guidance."
A 2004 Augsburg alumnae, Lee led the Auggie softball team to a 21-19 overall record and 9-13 mark in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference play in 2017. She had spent the prior 12 seasons as an assistant coach before assuming head coaching duties this season.
In addition to her coaching duties, Lee also serves as an instructor in Augsburg's health and physical education department and as an assistant athletic director, with her primary responsibilities falling in the areas of event management and athletic academic support services.
"I am excited and humbled to be given the opportunity to lead the softball program at my alma mater," Lee said. "I would like to thank the entire athletic department for this opportunity, and am looking forward to writing the next chapter of Auggie softball."
Lee was one of the top infielders in the history of Augsburg softball, earning All-MIAC honors three times -- honorable-mention honors her sophomore and junior seasons, as well as first-team honors her senior season. Lee also earned National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Region second-team honors in 2002.
Lee started every game and played every inning of her collegiate career -- 141 games, 141 starts and 964 innings. Lee closed her career with a .296 batting average, 121 hits and 21 doubles, while ranking fourth all-time in hit-by-pitch (9). She had a .962 fielding percentage.
In the classroom, Lee earned Augsburg Senior Honor Athlete honors in 2004, the highest honor the school awards to student-athletes. A native of Randoph, Minn., Lee earned her bachelor's degree in health and physical education from Augsburg in 2004 and completed her graduate work in organizational management (sports management emphasis) at Concordia University-St. Paul in 2009.
Nora Stauber will also have the "interim" tag removed from her title.
"I'm excited to have Nora Stauber as our head swimming and diving coach," stated Jeff Swenson. "As we turn the page in our women's swimming and diving program, Nora has the opportunity to bring our program to the next level. Her energy, passion and determination set her apart from a very talented pool of applicants."
A former NCAA Division II varsity swimmer at Minnesota State University-Mankato, Stauber served as an assistant coach and graduate fellow for the Auggies in 2015-16, before taking over as interim head coach this season. Stauber also serves the college as an assistant sports information director.
Under Stauber's leadership, the Auggie women's swimming and diving team finished in 10th place with 89 points at the 2017 MIAC Championships, moving up a spot from last season's 11th-place finish. Auggie competitors broke five school records and had 10 top-10 event times this season, and earned the first All-MIAC (top-three) finish in the 14-year history of Augsburg's program.
"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity to work with such an outstanding group of student-athletes," Stauber said. "I have loved being a part of the Augsburg community for the past two years, and I am looking forward to building upon the solid foundation this program already has in place. The future of Auggie swimming and diving is bright, and I am excited to get started."
A former NCAA Division II swimmer at MSU-Mankato, she competed for four seasons on the Maverick swimming and diving team while earning a spot on the conference competition team each season. Stauber competed in sprint freestyle events for the Mavericks and was named a team captain for the 2013-2014 season.
She also currently works as an assistant coach for the Edina Swim Club. Previously, she worked as a marketing assistant in the University of Minnesota-Duluth athletic department, spent a year as a staff coach for the Duluth YMCA Northern Swim Team and four years as a camp counselor, coach and instructor for the Maverick Swim Lesson Program in Mankato.
A native of Hermantown, Minn., Stauber earned her bachelor's degree in sport management from MSU-Mankato in 2014, and is pursuing her master of art's degree in leadership at Augsburg.