Melissa Bieman enters her fifth season as an assistant coach at Stony Brook. Bieman's main responsibility is to work with the Seawolves' pitchers, a staff that has experienced unprecedented success since her arrival in 2007.
During her time at Stony Brook, the Seawolves pitching staff has a 2.38 ERA and a .626 winning percentage. Under Bieman's guidance the Seawolves have set five school records. In 2009, SBU broke the individual saves (5), lowest team ERA (2.05), most wins (36) and most strikeouts in a game (17) records. The previous season, Alyssa Struzenberg set the record for most wins by a pitcher (24). Struzenberg also won the America East Pitcher of the Year award, which was a first in school history.
Prior to Stony Brook, Bieman was an assistant coach at Binghamton University, working with the pitchers and hitters, including her sister, Mia. Before Binghamton, Bieman was the pitching coach at Briarcliffe College in Bethpage, N.Y. from 2002-2005. Briarcliffe qualified for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) World Series in 2003 and 2004. In 2003, Briarcliffe finished third at the NJCAA World Series.
Bieman began her collegiate playing career at the Florida Community College at Jacksonville. In her freshman year at F.C.C.J., Bieman led the nation in ERA with a 0.26 along with a 23-4 record and 198 strikeouts and earned all-state and all-conference honors. A preseason All-America selection, Bieman went 14-5 in her sophomore year and was chosen all-state and all-conference for a second consecutive year. Bieman transferred to Syracuse University in its inaugural season and recorded the first home run, hit and shutout in the program's history. Bieman started in all 48 games in 2000 and graduated in 2001 with a degree in consumer studies.
Following a stellar collegiate career, Bieman played for the Waitakere Bears of the New Zealand Women's Premier Softball League. Bieman was the Bears' MVP in 2001 and represented Auckland in the National Softball Tournament, earning All-Tournament Team. In 2002 and 2003, Bieman was selected to attend the Canadian Women's National Softball Team tryouts.
Bieman was inducted into the North Huron Community Center Wall of Fame in July of 2004. Bieman won double gold at the Provincial Women's Softball Association Championships and the Canadian Women's National Softball Championshps in Montreal in the summer of `06. Bieman won gold again in 2009, leading the Kitchener Krush to the Canadian Senior Women's Fastpitch Championship.