As of January, 2012
Melissa Wiggins, a veteran coach and administrator, joined Dartmouth women's lacrosse as the Big Green's assistant coach and director of operations in August 2010.
In addition to her on-field coaching and game preparation duties at Dartmouth, Wiggins assists head coach Amy Patton with the administrative and operations tasks associated with running a nationally-ranked lacrosse program.
Wiggins has a host of college athletics experience including a previous stint with Patton and the Big Green as an assistant coach from 1997-98. Since then, Wiggins has served as the head women's basketball coach and senior woman administrator at Randolph College.
"Melissa brings great enthusiasm for the sport of lacrosse, a spirited attitude, confidence and pride in our program and a wealth of experience overall," said Patton at the time of her hiring. "I am really looking forward to working with her as she is one of the most dedicated coaches that I know. We are all excited to have the opportunity to have her on our staff."
Since 1998, Wiggins was the head coach of Randolph's women's basketball team, which competes in NCAA Division III. She was also the athletic department's senior woman administrator, working closely with coaches, student-athletes and college administrators on a daily basis. She also served as an associate professor for the physical education department.
Wiggins spent a year in Hanover from 1997-1998, assisting both the field hockey and women's lacrosse programs. In 1998, Wiggins helped the women's lacrosse team to the NCAA Final Four and an Ivy League Championship after going 13-3 and a perfect 7-0 in Ivy play.
Prior to her arrival in Hanover, Wiggins spent eight years coaching NCAA Division I women's basketball as an assistant at the University of Virginia, Montana State University and James Madison. She helped Virginia to three NCAA Final Four appearances and three ACC Championships (1990, '91, '92) and saw James Madison make the NCAA Tournament in 1996.
Throughout her basketball coaching career, Wiggins remained close to lacrosse, serving as a United States Lacrosse Association Umpire, officiating at all levels from high school to Division I since 1998. She officiated the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament 12 times and was an alternate official for the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2001, '05 and '06.
Wiggins earned her bachelor's degree in physical education from Longwood College. She has master's degrees from both James Madison University, in higher education, and the University of Virginia, in sports psychology.
"The first thing you notice about Mo is her infectious good mood. An integral part of the coaching staff, she is constantly striving to get us to reach our potential as players and as people. She offers an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom on both the game of lacrosse and on sports psychology, but more importantly she emphasizes the importance of working as a team and achieving our goals as a group, not an individual. Whether she’s getting the team through a tough workout, or explaining a difficult technical concept, she is a constantly encouraging and a positive force. She truly believes that every one has it in their power to determine the course of their day and their own happiness, which is evident in her actions at practice, lift, and games. Mo has such passion for the team, which is clear from the amount of time and effort she puts in. She also truly cares about each individual on the team and works tirelessly to make sure we have what we need, whether it is a new pair of turf shoes or some aura fluffing on a tough day." - Hilary Smith ’12