Xavier Women's Soccer Fills Assistant Coaching Positions

Women's soccer coach Woody Sherwood completes his staff for the 2014 season.

Women's soccer coach Woody Sherwood completes his staff for the 2014 season.

July 14, 2014

CINCINNATI - Xavier University women's soccer head coach Woody Sherwood announced today that he has filled the two openings on his staff. Mike Melton, who has been an assistant coach at Samford and Mississippi, and former Northern Kentucky University All-American Kristen Bowman have joined the women's soccer team as assistant coaches.

"We feel extremely fortunate to bring on Mike and Kristen as we enter our second season in the BIG EAST," said Sherwood. "Both bring a unique set of skills which will compliment myself and Coach Starr. Mike and Kristen are both positive, high energy personalities who truly love the game of soccer. We look forward to seeing the impact they will make in our student athletes lives both on the field and off."

Melton joined Samford's staff in 2013 as an assistant after spending the previous two seasons at his alma mater, the University of Mississippi. Melton helped Samford finish the 2013 season with a 13-6-2 record. Melton played a key role in the Bulldogs' coaching staff where he assisted in training, coordinated team activities and handled the travel responsibilities.

During his time in Oxford, Miss., the 2011 Ole Miss graduate served as the program's graduate assistant and was the co-director of the Ole Miss Soccer Camp. He also assisted with the team's field instruction and created the scouting reports.

Melton, who holds a USSF B license, has also worked on staff at the U.S. Olympic Developmental team in Region III for three years. There, he evaluated and participated in selecting the top players in the region. From 2011-13, Melton also served as the varsity men's coach at Oxford High School, guiding the team to the 2013 Mississippi state championship title.



Melton earned his bachelor's degree in applied sciences from the University of Mississippi in 2011. In 2013, he received his master's degree in recreation administration from Ole Miss. Melton garners a wealth of experience in soccer coaching and holds a USSF National "B" license.

Bowman, who was the girls' varsity assistant coach at Lebanon High School for seven years (2007-13), was named Division I Assistant Coach of the Year for the State of Ohio by the coaches association following the 2013 season. Lebanon High won six league titles in her seven seasons on staff. Bowman also coached for Beechmont Soccer Club as well as Warren County Soccer Club.

Bowman, a 2002 Amelia High School graduate who local soccer fans may remember by her maiden name Votapek, went on to star at Mount Vernon Nazarene University for two seasons, scoring 58 goals and 18 assists in two seasons while leading MVNU to the NCCAA national championship her sophomore season. That year she earned NCCAA and NAIA All-American and American Mideast Conference South Division Player of the Year honors.

Bowman transferred to Northern Kentucky University for her final two seasons, earning NCAA D2 All-American and GLVC Player of the Year her senior season and finishing her career second all-time in school history in points per game, goals per game and assists per game. In addition to her standout collegiate career, Bowman played a season of semi-professional soccer for Hampton Roads Piranhas and Cincinnati Lady Hawks.

Bowman graduated from NKU in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education. She earned her master's degree in education curriculum and design from California Coast in 2010. She resides in Lebanon, Ohio, with husband Kevin, children Natalie & J.T.