Melissa Blount

Goalkeeper Coach
University of Tulsa
13th season at JCCC

Melissa Blount, one of the top goalkeepers in the history of women’s soccer at the University of Tulsa and standout at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School, enters her 13th season as a coach with JCCC, and her sixth season as head coach Jim Schwab’s top assistant. Blount primarily works with the JCCC goalkeepers. In her 11 seasons, Blount has had a goalkeeper earn both all-conference and all-region honors in nine of those seasons, and ranked among the top goalkeepers nationally 11 of 12 seasons.

In her first season at JCCC, Blount’s two goalkeepers combined for nine shutouts and goals against average of 0.88.  Her number one keeper, Megan Brown, finished with a mark of 17-1-2, 6.5 shutouts and a goals against of 0.89.  She ranked 31st among NJCAA goalkeepers, and her 17 wins tied for second in team history.

In 2007, Brown set the school record for wins with 19 and ranked sixth in the nation with a goals against average of 0.49.  She also had nine shutouts on the season.  For her career under Blount’s tutelage, Brown posted a career record of 36-4-3 and a goals against average of 0.66, with 167 saves and 15.5 shutouts.  Her 36 wins are a school record.  She tied for second in saves, was third in shutouts and fourth in goals against average.

In 2008, Blount mentored Kelly Voigts who garnered All-Region VI and All-Jayhawk Conference honors after posting a 13-5-2 record and a goals against average of 1.11. The following season, Voigts shattered the season record for shutouts in the season.   She tied a national record with 18 shutouts, while breaking the previous JCCC mark of 13.  Voigts finished with 24 career shutouts, also a new school record.

In 2010, Jesse Jacob ranked 14th in the country with a goals against average of 0.53, allowing only 10 goals all season. An All-Region selection, Jacob also recorded 12 shutouts with a season mark of 16-3-0. She finished her career 21-5-0 and with 16 shutouts.

In 2011, Emma Crenshaw burst onto the scene and after just four starts she had set a standard not attained by any other JCCC goalkeeper. Crenshaw was tabbed the NJCAA National Goalkeeper of the Week two straight weeks, becoming just the second JCCC player to earn two NJCAA honors in the same season. She would finish the season 8-2-3, with seven shutouts and goals against average of 0.82. She also was selected first-team all-conference and all-region.

In 2012, Janay Stone ranked 44th in the country with a goals against average of 1.30, and her 126 saves ranked eighth nationally. As a sophomore in 2013, Stone ranked 31st nationally with a 0.99 goals against average, and 36th with a save percentage of .829.
In 2014, Maddie Waner was selected all-conference and ranked 34th in the NJCAA with a goals against average of 1.02. She was 58th nationally with a .793 save percentage.

2013, Stone and Maddie Waner combined for a 17-3-1 record, 12 shutouts and a goals against of 0.84. Stone was the No. 1 keeper, finishing 12-3-0 with a 0.99 GAA. She tied for 12th in the NJCAA with 12 wins and ranked 31st in GAA She was a second-team all-conference and all-region selection. Waner was 5-0-1 and ranked 11th in the NJCAA with a 0.61 GAA.

In 2014, Waner took over as the No 1 goalie and was selected all-conference and ranked 34th in the NJCAA with a goals against average of 1.02. She was 58th nationally with a .793 save percentage.

In 2015, Blount successful platooned three keepers that combined for a 19-3-1 record, 14 shutouts and a team goals against average of 0.83.

In 2016, Mengyu Li was JCCC’s stop netminder, starting all 19 matches. She finished third in the conference in goals against average (1.37), third in wins (10) and second in save percentage (.811). In the fifth week, Li was selected the KJCCC Goalkeeper of the Week, and was named second-team all-conference at the end of the campaign.

In 2017, Vanessa Silva stepped into the nets and finished the year 15-4-0 and a goals against average of 0.82. She led the conference in wins and was second in GAA. Nationally, she was fourth in wins and 20th in GAA. She was selected first-team all-conference and second-team All-Region VI. Twice during the season, Silva was selected the conference goalkeeper of the week, earning the award in weeks three and six.

Last season, Silva returned for the sophomore campaign. She finished 11-6-2 overall, with three shutouts and goals against average of 1.77. Her 20 games starting in the nets were third-most in the NJCAA, and her 11 wins ranked tied for 17th.

Blount previously served one year as a student coach at Tulsa.  She also coached the Hurricane Soccer Club goalkeepers one season, and has three years experience with the KC Legacy and  at St. Teresa’s Academy as the junior varsity coach.

As a player at the University of Tulsa, Blount left a legacy of success while defending the nets for the Hurricane.  Her freshman season Blount stepped in and immediately was an impact player, playing in 12 games, starting 10.  She recorded 66 saves and a goals against average of 1.10.  She earned a shutout over Arkansas and established a school record 15 saves against Texas A&M.  During the summer, she was the starting goalkeeper on the under 19 league team that won the regional championship. The only goalie her sophomore year, Blount collected a team record 79 saves, and a 1.10 goals against average.   She held seven opponents scoreless, including Stephen F. Austin, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Memphis, Kansas, Southeastern Louisiana and Oral Roberts.  She was also ranked among the Region’s top 10 in goals against average in 1994 and 1995.

She registered a career-best and school record nine shutouts her junior campaign, and finished with a goals against average of 1.36.   She also named to the Hurricane Classic All-Tournament Team earning second-team All-WAC honors.  Blount also played three games in the midfield, and tallied two assists and attempted two shots.

Her senior campaign, Blount started in all 21 games, starting the first four in goal, then switching to the defender spot.  In her four games in net, she snared 21 saves and recorded a shutout over Southwest Missouri State.  While in the field, she recorded two assists, both against UTEP.   She capped the year earning All-WAC Tournament accolades.

For her career, Blount established a Tulsa record for career goals against average at 1.21, allowing 60 goals in 4440:42 minutes of action.  She also set the career marks for shutouts with 16, and her 221 career saves were second all-time in Hurricane history.  Today, she ranks second, third and second respectively in those three categories.

Blount was a four-time letter winner at Shawnee Mission Northwest.  She earned All-Metro and All-State honors as a senior, and led her team to two league titles and a runner-up finish in the state tournament during her final prep campaign.

In addition to her duties at JCCC, Blount serves as an accounting manger with USAssembly, Inc.    and is a player/coach for the KC Courage Soccer Academy.

She graduated from Tulsa in 1998 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Blount and her husband, Brandon, have two daughters, Keaton (13) and Navie (10).