Associate Head Coach/Diving Head Coach
Now in her 21st season, Melanie Bolstad has brought the Marist diving program to a new level, and has been honored twice as the MAAC Diving Coach of the Year. Since taking over the reigns of the diving program in 1991, Bolstad has turned out numerous ECAC champions and NCAA Division I Zone finalists.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland, Bolstad etched her name in Terrapin history, setting the school record for both the 1-meter and 3-meter events, while finishing as an ACC finalist and NCAA Zone Qualifier. She also captured the 1-meter Eastern Collegiate Championship as a junior and was recognized by the University with MVP honors and was named the team's outstanding scholar athlete.
Following her graduation, Bolstad earned a Master's Degree in Sports Psychology at Ithaca College while serving as the school's graduate assistant diving coach. During her tenure as diving coach with the Bombers, Bolstad produced three NCAA Division III All-Americans.
Bolstad next moved to Vassar College in 1983 where she remained until taking the position at Marist in 1991. While at Vassar, she produced many state finalists, a NYS state champion and a two-time NCAA Division III All-American.
Bolstad-trained divers have claimed 32 conference championships and received conference Diver of the Year honors 19 times.
She directs the Marist Diving Club, a USD age-group program. Team members have won numerous state titles and finaled at the National Age-Group Championships. Numerous club divers have gone on to compete at the Division I level. In 1998, Bolstad was elected to the U.S. Diving Rules Committee, serving for two years.
Bolstad presently resides in Highland with her husband Rick.