Joined Nov 11 2011
43 years old
Mellanee Welty begins her sixth season at the University of Florida, working primarily with the team’s dynamic sprints and relays corps and the women’s vertical jumpers. Welty, the team’s recruiting coordinator, is in her second stint with the Gators after also serving as an assistant from 2002-03. Welty’s impact on the Florida program since her return last season is undeniable. With Welty as the squad’s recruiting coordinator, the Gator coaches were able to bring in the nation’s No. 1 men’s recruiting class as judged by Track and Field News’ January 2009 issue. In 2010, Welty mentored sophomore decathlete Gray Horn to his second consecutive Southeastern Conference decathlon title in as many years. Horn, who consistently set personal-best marks and times, is the only athlete in men’s school history to win a league multi-event crown. He also placed second in the heptathlon at the 2010 SEC Indoor Championships and won the decathlon event at the North American Central American Championships during the summer of 2010. In 2009, Welty directed Horn to the first SEC decathlon in school history as just a freshman. He went on to earn All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark. Horn finished second at the SEC Indoor Championships, a meet in which another of Welty’s pupils, Frankie Hammond, finished third in the high jump. Horn also was the silver medalist in the decathlon at the 2009 Junior Pan Am Championships. In just her first year back in Gainesville, Florida’s sprinters and hurdlers captured a combined 25 All-America honors during the 2008 campaign, including a combined eight top-five finishes at the NCAA Championship. Welty made her way back to Gainesville after at two-year stint at Louisville, where she oversaw the Cardinals’ short sprinters, mid-distance runners and multi-event athletes. In her first year on campus, her pupils broke nine U of L school records. In her second year at Louisville, where Welty earned her master’s degree in 2008, three more school records fell. The men’s team captured the 2007 BIG EAST outdoor championship, while the women’s squad finished second. The women’s 4x100m relay team, under Welty’s direction was a regional qualifier. Prior to Louisville, Welty coached sprints, jumps and multi-events at Texas Pan-American during the 2005 season, helping her athletes break 10 school records that season. The Wichita, Kan., native was an assistant at UF from 2002-03, playing an integral;; part in an historic 2003 campaign that saw the Florida women with the Southeastern Conference outdoor championship and the NCAA East Regional title, finish second at the NCAA Indoor Championships and take fourth at the NCAA outdoor meet. During that time, Florida runners captured 23 All-America honors, while Welty also helped the 2003 4x400m relay squad capture the conference crown. After departing Florida, Welty served as head track and field coach at Gainesville’s P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, where she guided her team to a runner-up finish and five individual titles at the FHSAA Class A state championships. She began her coaching career in 2001 with a one-year stint as a jumps coach at Illinois State. Her tenure in Normal saw Welty develop an NCAA qualifier, three NCAA provisional qualifiers and two Missouri Valley Conference Champions. A 2001 Cum Laude graduate of Wichita State, Welty earned All-America honors in the heptathlon in 1999, one of two years in which she qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She also collected two Academic All-America honors, eight MVC titles, two MVC Outdoor Field Athlete of the Meet accolades and two Drake Relays heptathlon crowns during her collegiate career.