Assistant Cross Country Coach, Rutgers, 1988-89
Assistant Coach, Miami (Ohio), 1989-92
Head Coach, Rhode Island, 1992-present
Laurie Feit-Melnick enters her 26th season as head coach of the Rhode Island women's cross country and track & field programs in 2017-18.
Feit-Melnick boasts an impressive resume as head coach at URI. While at the helm of the Rams, Feit-Melnick has led the program to nine Atlantic 10 Championships - five A-10 indoor track & field titles (2000-02; 2004-05) and four league outdoor titles (2002-05). She has been named A-10 Coach of the Year nine times - six times, indoor track (1996, 1999, 2000-02, 2004); twice, outdoor track (2003-04); once, cross country (1998). She also was honored as the University of Rhode Island Women's Coach of the Year for four consecutive years (1999-2002), as well as earning the 2005 Words Unlimited Women's Sports Coach of the Year honor to her list of accolades.
The Massapequa Park, N.Y. native has coached 71 Atlantic 10 Champions, two conference record-holders and has sent seven athletes to national competitions. Her cross country teams have included 16 All-Conference athletes and finished as high as second in the A-10 on four occasions (1992, 1999, 2001 and 2002). She has guided 147 all-conference athletes, 55 academic all-conference selections, 11 A-10 Rookies of the Year and three Atlantic 10 Most Outstanding Performers.
Feit-Melnick served as USA Junior team leader at the 1998 World Cross Country Championship in Marrakesh, Morroco. She also was appointed to the 2001 World University Games Coaching Staff for the World University Games in Beijing, China.
She earned her bachelor's degree from Rutgers in 1988, where she was a four-year member of the Scarlet Knight cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams. As a senior, she was named MVP of the cross country team. A middle-distance runner on the track team, she also was a member of RU's All-East two-mile relay team.
After spending one season as an assistant cross country coach at her alma mater, Feit-Melnick joined the coaching staff at Miami (Ohio) in 1989. She took over the cross country and track & field head coaching duties on an interim basis during the 1990-91 seasons.
Feit-Melnick received her master's degree in exercise science from Miami (Ohio) in 1992. She is a USA Track & Field certified Level I and II coach as well as a member of the U.S. Women's Track & Field Association (USWTFA) and the Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country Coaches Association (WICCCA). She was the New England Women's Intercollegiate Cross Country/Track & Field secretary from 1993-94, before taking on the role of commissioner from 1994-99.
Additionally, she has served as a seeding advisor and secretary/treasurer of the ECAC and served on the NCAA Protest Table for the 1995-97 outdoor track & field championships.
She is married to John Melnick, an assistant track & field coach with the Rams. The couple resides in Narragansett with their two children, Mollie Joy and Adam John.