Melanie Carter returned home to join the Charger softball staff in the summer of 2010. Carter, who was a four-time All-American during her playing days in Huntsville, joined the Charger staff after a successful stint as head coach at Shorter College in Rome, Ga.
Helping guide the Chargers to a national runner-up finish in her debut campaign on the staff, Carter was part of the 2011 South Region Coaching Staff of the Year. Under her direction, the team went 48-6-1 en route to capturing the NCAA South Region championship along with the Gulf South Conference East Division title. The squad boasted an All-American along with six all-GSC selections.
At Shorter in the span of just four years, she took over a young program and turned it into a national powerhouse. She compiled 195 wins at Shorter, and guided the team to its first-ever berth in the Elite Eight in 2010. She was named the Southern States Athletic Conference and Region XIII Coach of the Year in her rookie season with the Lady Hawks in 2007, a season that began a run of three straight SSAC titles - a regular season championship in 2007, both the regular season and tournament titles in 2008 and a tournament crown in 2009.
In Carter’s four seasons with the Lady Hawks, her teams made four consecutive appearances in the NAIA Softball National Championship, including a program-best fifth place finish in 2010. Shorter compiled three 50-win seasons under Carter’s leadership - the only 50-win seasons in program history - including a school-record 51 victories in 2010.
Her teams at Shorter featured seven NFCA NAIA All-Americans, nine all-Region XIII honorees, and 17 SSAC all-conference selections, and Carter's student-athletes also excelled in the classroom as she had 15 players earn all-academic achievements.
During her collegiate career at UAH, Carter was a four-year starter, a four-time NFCA All-American and a four-time first team All-South Region selection. In 2001, Carter led the Chargers to an appearance in the NCAA Div. II College World Series.
Carter graduated from UAH as the holder of several career records including at-bats (795), runs (231), doubles (65), total bases (519) and RBI (233). Her career runs, RBI and doubles marks also stand as Gulf South Conference records. She was a four-time first team All-GSC selection, a member of three GSC championship teams, selected as the GSC East Division Freshman of the Year in 2000 and was a four-time GSC All-Tournament choice. In the summer of 2010, Carter was selected as a member of the GSC All-Decade first team.
A native of Fayetteville, Tenn., Carter graduated from UAH in December 2003 with a degree in Biology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology and holds a M.A.T. in Physical Education from West Alabama. She is a member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.