Swimming + Diving Coaching Staff
Steve Mellor
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Stockport Chesire, England
Alma Mater: NC State
Graduating Year: 2009
Experience: 6 Years

Steve Mellor begins his fifth season as an assistant coach after serving on staff for the Tigers during the 2011-12 season. Mellor returned to the LSU staff in January 2015 and works as the sprint coach and with international recruiting.

For the 2018-19 season, helped Karl Luht qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 100-Yard Backstroke as well as the 100-Yard Freestyle. Luht finished in 21st place in the 100-Yard Back with a time of 45.70 and finished in 40th place in the 100-Yard Freestyle after touching the wall in 43.72.

Over his time with the Tigers, seven school record have been broken with two of them coming during the 2019-19 season. Karl Luht swam a 45.58 in the 100-Yard Backstroke at the 2019 SEC Championships and Thomas Smith broke his own record in the 200-Yard Backstroke by swimming a 1:42.59 at the SEC Championships.

In his first full season back with the Tigers, Mellor led Logan Rysemus, Alex Linge and Leah Troskot to individual appearances at NCAA Championships.

Rysemus completed a successful postseason as the junior set school records individually in the 100 back and 100 fly and became the first swimmer in school history to go sub-46 in both events. In his third season, Rysemus earned NCAA Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100 fly and 100 back and also earned the silver medal in the 100 fly.

Troskot qualified individually for two events and also earned NCAA Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 100 free after finishing 13th . Troskot was a part of two school record relay teams and also set the second fastest 100 free, third best 50 free and fourth best 200 free times in school history.

To cap off his LSU career, Linge swam in the 100 free, 100 fly and 50 free at NCAA Championships. The Swedish native set the school record in the 100 free and reached the championship final in two events at SEC Championships.

Over the summer of 2015, Mellor worked with Troskot as well as former swimmers Marco Gonzalez and Amber Carter. Troskot earned bronze in the 50-meter fly and reached two other ‘A’ finals at Canadian Swimming Championships. Gonzalez became the Colombian national champion in the 50-meter free and Carter finished seventh in the 100-meter fly at US Winter Championships.

In his first stop at LSU, the Stockport Chesire, England native helped lead former Tiger Craig Hamilton distance swimmer to earn NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors in the mile with a program record time of 14:45.94.

Hamilton also won a bronze medal in the mile and garnered a sixth place finish in the 500 free at SEC's. Mellor also coached then freshman Frank Greeff to a bronze medal in the 200 fly and All-SEC Freshman honors.

In between his time at LSU, Mellor coached at Creative Aquatics and Nationwide Swim Clinics in England.

Mellor developed kids of all ages at Creative Aquatics in South West of England. It was recognized as the nation’s best swim school in 2013. He also ran Nationwide Swim with the assistance of three-time Olympic Finalist, James Goddard.

Prior to his first stint at LSU, Mellor spent two and half seasons as a graduate assistant coach at North Carolina State. Mellor served as head coach of NC State's club team, the Wolfpack Aquatics, in 2010 and 2011 after serving as assistant coach in the summer of 2009.

Under Mellor's two and a half year watch, nine women's and three men's school records were broken. He worked closely with 200-breaststroke record holder (2:15.81) Jessica Ward and 200-freestyle record holder (1:47.69) Marifrances Henley.

The highlight to Mellor's brief coaching career was swimmer Mason McGee's vast improvements. Shreveport, Louisiana native McGee achieved two top-eight performances in the 200-meter free and the 800m free at US Nationals in 2009.

Mellor's illustrious career began on the international stage with his selections to the British Senior Teams in 2005 and 2007, as well the 2005 Mare Nostrum Grand Prix Tour. He competed in the European Championships is 2007.

Mellor set two NC State records in the 200 back and the 400 IM. He was elected team captain for three straight seasons from 2005-2008.

Mellor received All-ACC honors from 2007-2009 and an eight-point ACC scorer. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier and registered a top-18 finish in the 200-back in 2008.

Mellor was world ranked in the top-50 for the 200-meter backstroke in 2005 and 2008. He went on to be a finalist in the 2008 US Open.

Mellor is a native of Chester, England and first came over to the US in 2005. His parents are Nigel and Josie Mellor and he has an elder sister, Caroline. He is a huge fan of the Liverpool Football Club.