Melinda McCormick joined Illinois' staff at the Irwin Academic Services Center as an academic counselor in May 2011. She currently works as the counselor for the women's gymnastics, swimming and diving, and softball teams, and is the tutor coordinator at Irwin.
After earning her bachelor's degree, McCormick continued her interests in collegiate athletics and worked as a staff assistant in Championships at the NCAA in Indianapolis. She worked at the national office from 2005-2009, helping with the organization and planning of many championship events, including three divisions of men's golf, DI men's hockey, Division III women's soccer and women's basketball, and rifle. McCormick helped with the Frozen Four's Men's and Women's Skills Challenge in 2008 in Denver and contributed to the improvements of the National Collegiate Rifle's score-reporting system during her time at the NCAA.
In 2009, McCormick moved to West Lafayette, Ind., to pursue her master's degree and earned a graduate assistant position in academic services in the athletics department. During her time at Purdue, she was in charge of the tutor program for athletics and advised a variety of student-athletes, helping freshmen make a smooth transition from high school to college and planning weekly objectives for "at-risk" students. In the spring of 2010, she was given the opportunity to be the head advisor to the women's volleyball team and worked for a year with the women's tennis team the following semesters.
A native of Kalamazoo, Mich., McCormick earned her bachelor's degree in Journalism and Film studies from Miami University in 2004 while participating as a student-athlete on the volleyball team, and received her master's in Educational Studies from Purdue University in 2011. She and her husband, Dustin, currently reside in Champaign.
Updated April 2012