Title: Associate Head Coach
Melanie Moore enters her seventh season with the University of Michigan women's basketball team in 2018-19 after being elevated to associate head coach this past summer. Moore is responsible for coaching the post players, most notably helping Hallie Thome to back-to-back All-Big Ten honors and WBCA All-America honorable mention.
The 2017-18 season saw U-M return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since the 2012-13 season, where the Wolverines picked up a win in the first round. Michigan compiled a 23-10 record during the season, the second-most wins in a season in school history. Flaherty set a new Michigan record by hitting 118 three-pointers on the season en route to earning her third straight consensus Big Ten honor. Hallie Thome was a first-teamer for the second straight season and Jillian Dunston was named to the Big Ten All-Defensive Team. U-M spent the majority of the season ranked in both polls, peaking at No. 13 in the Associated Press poll at the beginning of February. Michigan's 15-week run in the AP poll was the longest in program history.
Moore helped Michigan to its first postseason championship in 2016-17 as the Wolverines captured the WNIT Championship after being left out of the NCAA Tournament despite a third place finish in the Big Ten. Michigan went 111-5 in conference play to finish alone in third place, its highest finish since 2011 and the second-most Big Ten wins in program history. Flaherty and Thome each earned All-Big Ten first-team honors to mark the first time U-M had multiple first teamers. The Wolverines regrouped during the WNIT, reeling off six straight wins for the title. U-M held off Georgia Tech in three overtimes in the championship game to hang its first banner in Crisler.
During Moore's first five seasons in the Maize and Blue, the Wolverines racked up at least 20 wins in each year and advanced to the postseason each time. In 2013-14, U-M weathered losing 88 percent of its scoring from the season before to still reach 20 wins and the third round of the WNIT with four new starters.
On the recruiting trail, Moore helped Michigan sign a five-member class in 2014 that ranked as the No. 23 class in the country by the All-Star Girls Report. The 2015 recruiting class that Moore helped bring in was a consensus top 20 class by all recruiting sites. The 2018 class was ranked No. 12 by ESPN HoopGurlz, the highest ranking from that site in program history.
Moore came to Ann Arbor with 10 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level, including five seasons as an assistant at Princeton University (2007-12).
During her stint with the Tigers, she worked primarily with the post players and was the recruiting coordinator. Moore helped Princeton post a 95-50 overall and a 65-16 record in the Ivy League. In addition, Princeton finished with two perfect 14-0 Ivy League slates and earned the Ivy League's first-ever women's basketball national ranking in 2012 at No. 24.
She helped guide Princeton to three consecutive Ivy league titles and berths into the NCAA Tournament. Princeton earned the best seed ever in Ivy League history when it entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament at No. 9. Entering 2011-12, Moore was ranked No. 12 on collegeinsiders.com's Top-25 Mid-Major Women's College Basketball Assistants.
The Tigers finished the year at 24-5 (14-0 Ivy) and rode a 17-game winning streak into the NCAA Tournament. The 2010-11 squad posted a 24-5 overall record and earned votes in both national polls throughout the season. The Tigers went 13-1 in the Ivy League to win their second straight championship, earning the program's second consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2009-10, Princeton finished 26-3 with a perfect 14-0 mark in the League to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history. The team set numerous records during the year including: most wins in a season (26), winning 25 of those 26 games by double figures, most road victories (14), longest win streak (21), longest home win streak (9), fewest losses (3), best win percentage (.897), most conference wins (14), most points (2,051), and highest scoring average (70.7). The Tigers ranked sixth in the nation in scoring defense and fifth in scoring margin.
Prior to joining the staff at Princeton, Moore was an assistant coach at University of Dayton for one season after gaining experience at both Indiana State and her alma mater, Siena College. Moore graduated from Siena in 1999 with a degree in finance and spent two years following graduation playing professionally in Luxembourg and Israel.
She remains the all-time leading rebounder and ranks second in the category in Siena's Division I history, with 1,122 rebounds and 2,021 points. She was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Player of the Year in both 1998 and 1999.
In 2001, Moore returned to Siena as an admissions officer before joining the women's basketball staff as an assistant coach for the 2002-03 season. That year, Siena advanced to the second round of the WNIT, and the Saints followed that up in 2003-04 with a second straight MAAC regular-season title.
A native of Glandorf, Ohio, Moore then moved to Indiana State for a two-year stint from 2004-06. In 2005-06, the Sycamores won 27 games and played in the WNIT.
Moore is married to her husband Joe. They are parents to two children, Tristin and Ayla.
Title: Assistant Coach
Wesley Brooks enters his second season as an assistant coach at Michigan in 2018-19. Brooks joined Michigan after spending two seasons at Utah. At Michigan, he works with the guards and wings.
Brooks spent two seasons at Utah, helping the Utes to 34 wins and a pair of postseason appearances in the WNIT. He was responsible for recruiting and assisted in post player development. Brooks also helped with extra skill development workouts with the team and ran the Utah Elite Women's Basketball Camp. Forward Emily Potter earned a spot on the PAC-12 All-Defensive Team and was an honorable mention selection by the coaches in 2017.
Prior to joining the coaching staff at Utah, Brooks was an assistant coach at North Texas for four seasons (2011-15) and at Texas Southern (2008-11). He also spent a season on the sidelines at Robert Morris (2007-08). Loryn Goodwin of North Texas was named the 2012 Sun Belt Freshman of the Year, Sade Logan was named the Northeastern Conference Player of the Year (2008) and two players at Robert Morris were named to the all-conference team under Brooks.
Brooks got his start at West Virginia, serving as a graduate assistant coach for two seasons (2004-06) and as the director of basketball operations for one year (2006-07). He graduated from WVU in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and received his master's of science in athletic coaching education in 2006. During his time as an undergraduate student at West Virginia, he served as a manager for the men's basketball program under current U-M head coach John Beilein.
Title: Assistant Coach
Yvonne Sanchez begins her first season in Ann Arbor during the 2018-19 academic year after serving as both an assistant coach and head coach at New Mexico from 2000-16. Sanchez will help coach the guards for the Maize and Blue.
Sanchez was on staff at the University of New Mexico from 2000-2016, spending the last five seasons of her tenure as head coach. She amassed 77 victories as head coach and was named the 2014-15 Mountain West Coach of the Year after winning a school-record 14 conference games. During her time as an assistant coach (2000-08) and associate head coach (2008-11), the Lobos won two regular season Mountain West titles, five conference tournament titles and made seven NCAA Tournament appearances. New Mexico won 239 games from 2000-2011, highlighted by the program's only NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in 2003.
Prior to her time in Albuquerque, Sanchez served as an assistant coach at New Mexico State (1993-99) and San Diego State (1999-2000). Sanchez graduated with a degree in psychology from U.S. International University in San Diego, where she was a four-year letterwinner. A native New Mexican, Sanchez led Eldorado High School to a state-record 74 consecutive wins and two 4A titles before earning 4A Player of the Year honors by the Albuquerque Journal.
Title: Director of Operations
Amy Mulligan is in her seventh year as the director of operations for the University of Michigan women's basketball team in 2018-19.
Mulligan entered the operations field after spending almost 10 seasons spearheading the media relations efforts of several women's basketball programs. At Michigan, she is responsible for planning the Wolverines' travel, budget and scheduling among many other administrative duties.
Prior to joining the staff at U-M, Mulligan served an assistant athletics media relations director at Virginia since October 2007. As the primary media relations contact for the Cavalier women's basketball and women's lacrosse programs, Mulligan was responsible for writing and editing media guides in addition to writing game recaps, news releases, game notes, game programs and feature stories. She also coordinated media interviews between student-athletes, coaches and staff in response to requests from the local and national media.
Mulligan also assisted with the media relations efforts for the Cavalier football team and served as the editor of the game day program.
Mulligan joined the UVA staff after two years as an assistant director of athletic communications at St. John's University in Queens, N.Y. While at St. John's, she worked with the women's basketball team alongside current U-M head coach Kim Barnes Arico. Before joining the Red Storm, she was an assistant media relations director at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, for two years.
She was the media contact for the Terrapin volleyball, men's and women's track and field and softball programs while assisting with the publicity efforts for the men's basketball program, including serving as the editor for the game day program.
Prior to her work in public relations, Mulligan worked at both WRC-TV NBC 4 in Washington, D.C., and the Capital-Gazette Newspaper in Annapolis, Md. Mulligan is a 2003 graduate of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor of arts in journalism with a minor in government and politics. She is a native of Annapolis, Md.
ALICE DE FAZIO
Title: Director of Player Personnel
Alice De Fazio, a former athletic director and basketball coach at the collegiate level, has joined the Wolverines as the Director of Player Personnel prior to the 2018-19 season. De Fazio will be heavily involved on the administrative side of the women's basketball program, working with student-athletes and director of operations, Amy Mulligan.
De Fazio spent 11 years as the director of athletics at New Jersey City University (2007-18), a Division III university. Before taking over as director in 2007, she served as the associate director of athletics for five years (2002-07). De Fazio got to New Jersey City University in 1994, holding the position of head women's basketball coach and assistant director of athletics until transitioning full-time to the administrative side in 2002. During her time as women's basketball coach until being named director of athletics, De Fazio was also the Senior Woman Administrator.
De Fazio coached Barnes Arico during her collegiate career at Montclair State, serving as head coach from 1990-92 while also teaching sixth grade at Sacred Heart School in Jersey City.
De Fazio also was an assistant coach at Seton Hall (1984-86), a high school coach at St. Dominic Academy (1988-90) and the summer camp coordinator for the New York Liberty (2006-09).
De Fazio played basketball at Montclair State while receiving her bachelor's degree in English, helping the Red Hawks advance to the 1978 AIAW Final Four. She also holds a master's degree in sport management from American Public University.
Title: Graduate Assistant
Former Wolverine standout Jenny Ryan is in her first season as the program's graduate assistant in 2018-19.
Ryan was a standout for the Wolverines from 2010-13, helping U-M to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012 and 2013. She graduated as Michigan's all-time leader in games (130) and minutes played (4,558), along with ranking second in assists (489). She still ranks in the top 10 of those categories, with her 698 career boards ranking 12th in U-M history. As a senior under Barnes Arico, Ryan averaged 10.2 points, 5.1 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 37.0 minutes per game en route to All-Big Ten third team honors. Ryan was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, while earning a spot on the 2013 CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District first team. She is the only player in school history to be named a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar three times (2011-13) and graduated with a degree in communications.
Ryan spent a year working with the admissions office at Michigan (2013-14) before joining Stryker as an R&D Project Manager working on new product development projects for the last four years.
Ryan will be pursuing a master's degree in sport management during her time serving as graduate assistant.