Melissa Perea enters her fourth season as an assistant coach for the Colorado State softball team in 2014. She was added to the coaching staff by Head Coach Jen Fisher on Sept. 1, 2010. Fisher was Perea's softball coach while playing at Otero Junior College.
At CSU, Perea focuses on the Rams' defense, in addition to working with the team's catchers. She is also CSU's first-base coach. Off the field, Perea is CSU's recruiting coordinator, and handles all film and scouting responsibilities. In her three seasons with the Rams, she has worked with nine All-Mountain West selections, in addition to current Rams Chelsea Biglow and Emily Pohl.
Perea came to CSU after a four-year stint as the head coach at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., where she took over for Fisher in 2007. Prior to taking over the reigns as head coach of the Rattlers, Perea spent two seasons as an assistant under Fisher at OJC.
At OJC Perea continued a winning tradition, running the Rattlers' streak of consecutive Region IX championships to eight as a rookie head coach in 2007. She was recognized as the Region IX Coach of the Year, and again in 2009, leading her team to a region crowd for the third year in a row.
Perea's teams finished in the top 20 of the NJCAA national rankings in each of her first three seasons, including a No. 5 ranking to end 2007. She coached three NJCAA All-Americans and seven NJCAA Academic All-Americans. Perea finished her coaching career at OJC with an overall record of 146-67.
An all-region and Academic All-America performer as a player under Fisher at OJC, Perea finished her career at Colorado State-Pueblo, where she earned her bachelor's degree in business management in 2005.