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Melanie Sanford, a graduate of Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon, enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1985) in 1976.
She was a member of the Huskiette volleyball team for five years. In her three years as captain, the Huskiettes won three consecutive CIAU championships - 1979-80, 1980-81, 1981-82.
Melanie was selected a Canada West conference all-star three times, a CIAU tournament all-star three times and was named to the All-Canadian team in 1978-79.
While a student at teh University of Saskatchewan, Melanie was a member of Canada's junior and senior national teams.
In 1980-81, she was awarded the Bob Stayner Trophy as female athlete of the year in a tournament sport at the U of S.
She later became the first Canadian to play in the pro-league in Japan.
Melanie has been the head coach of the university women's volleyball programs at both Concordia and Regina.