Now in her 28th season, Melanie Bolstad has brought the Marist College diving program to a new level. Since taking over the reigns of the diving program in 1989, Bolstad has turned out numerous MAAC Divers of the Year, ECAC finalists and NCAA Division I Zone Qualifiers. For her efforts, Bolstad has won the MAAC Diving Coach of the Year award in 2005, 2008, 2015, and 2016.
For the last five years under Bolstad, Marist has had either a male or female diver win an ECAC title on the 1- or 3-meter board. In 2017 Peter Gallino and Megan Berardelli placed first on both boards at the ECAC Meet, marking the first time Marist had a male and female ECAC Champion in diving in the same year. Gallino and Berardelli were named Divers of the Meet.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Maryland, Bolstad etched her name in Terrapin history by setting the school record for both the 1- and 3-meter events while finishing as an ACC finalist and NCAA Zone Qualifier. She also captured the 1-meter Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championship as a junior and was recognized by the university with MVP honors and was named the school's outstanding scholar athlete.
Following her graduation, Bolstad earned a Master's Degree in Sports Psychology at Ithaca College while serving as the school's graduate assistant diving coach. During her tenure as diving coach with the Bombers, Bolstad produced three NCAA Division III All-Americans.
Bolstad next moved to Vassar College in 1983 where she remained until taking the position at Marist in 1989. While at Vassar she produced many state finalists, a NYS state champion and a two-time NCAA Division III All-American.
While at Marist she has coached 15 athletes to MAAC Diver of the Meet honors since the Red Foxes joined the conference in 1996. She has also coached her son, Brian, to a spot atop the MAAC and Marist all-time record books. Brian Bolstad is the current holder of the highest six-dive point total in the 3-meter in the MAAC with 350.0, as well as the Marist record of 338.92 points in the 1-meter dive. During the four years of tutelage under Coach Bolstad, Brian earned the 2010 ECAC titles on the 1- and 3-meter board as well as the Diver of the Meet award. He completed his career with a school-record 10th place finish at the NCAA Zone A Diving meet.
Bolstad's divers have claimed 34 conference championships and received conference Diver of the Year honors 21 times.
She presently resides in Highland, N.Y., with her husband.