STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford University Knowles Family Women’s Soccer Director Paul Ratcliffe announced on Monday the hiring of Melissa Charloe as an assistant coach.
“I am delighted to announce the addition of Melissa Charloe to our staff,” Ratcliffe said. “After interviewing Melissa, I was impressed with her vision for women’s football at Stanford and how she could contribute to our staff and help us continue to compete for championships. During her playing career, Melissa has shown great leadership. She was a captain at Penn State during her college career and for the U.S. Women’s U17 National Team before college. Melissa is ready to use her leadership skills and knowledge of the game to help our student-athletes achieve excellence in the classroom, on the field, and beyond college.
Charloe has been the head coach of MVLA Soccer Club since June 2019. Prior to joining MVLA, she spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Kentucky. While in Kentucky, Charloe specifically worked with midfielders while assisting with the recruiting, preparation and delivery of scouting reports and film shoots.
Charloe joined Kentucky after a two-year stint as an assistant coach at Metropolitan State University in Denver, where she helped guide the RoadRunners to winning seasons in each of her two seasons in the Rockies. Assuming full head coaching duties, Charloe served as interim head coach during the 2015 season at MSU Denver.
Competing at the highest levels of the game, Charloe began her college career in North Carolina – where she had four points in 15 appearances to help the Tar Heels to the 2006 NCAA College Cup championship in her first season. She then transferred to Penn State where she played the last three years of her college career from 2007 to 2009.
During her time with the Nittany Lions, Penn State qualified for the NCAA Tournament for all three seasons, including an appearance in the Sweet 16 her first year with the program in 2007. She played in 68 total games for Penn State , earning 55 starts, scoring two goals and eight assists.
After his college career, Charloe played professionally for a season in Madrid for Torrejon FC.
Charloe has also worked extensively with US Soccer and the development program, having played for the US Women’s National Team at the U-14 (2002), U-16 (2003-04) and U-17 (2004- 05). Charloe helped take the U-16s to the Ballymena International Tournament Championship in 2003 and led the Sereno White club side from 1997 to 2006 as team captain.
Prior to joining the RoadRunners in Denver as an assistant coach, Charloe served as an elementary school teacher for low-income communities. She graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in communication arts and sciences and a minor in Spanish before spending two years in the Teach For America program.
Originally from Cave Creek, Arizona, Melissa married Kevin Charloe in 2013.
“I’m honored to join such an amazing program,” said Charloe when hired. “Stanford’s women’s soccer team has been so successful while playing an impressive style of soccer. I look forward to working with Coach Ratcliffe and staff to help student-athletes continue the long tradition that they created.