Melissa Avila is entering her 1st season as the Head Coach of Western Texas College Women's Volleyball program. She has served as the assistant coach from 2017-2019 and took over the program in the summer of 2019.
Raised in Gilroy, California, Avila attended Gilroy High School where she played volleyball year round. She was a three-time First-Team All Tri-County Athletic League member. Upon graduation, Avila attended Gavilan Community College where she was a two-year starter. During her time at Gavilan, she was two-time First-Team All-Coast Conference. She earned her Associate of Arts degree in general business.
After graduation, Avila continued her education and playing career at Dickinson State University where she was a two-year starter and team MVP. She graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science and minor in business and coaching. After her senior season, Avila stayed on as an assistant student coach.
She then continued her education at Hastings College in Nebraska, where she was a Graduate Assistant for two seasons while completing her master’s degree. During her two seasons as a graduate assistant, the team made the postseason both years and won the 2016 NAIA National Championship, the first in program history. She had the privilege of coaching three All-Americans, the 2016 National Tournament MVP, and 2016 National Libero of the Year. She earned her Master of Arts degree in secondary physical education and coaching.