Melanie Day
Women's Basketball Assistant Coach
Phone
(801) 422-8155
Office
MCA 208


Responsibilities at BYU

  • Assistant Coach - Women's basketball, 2019-present
  • Back-to-back NCAA Tournament bids (2020-21, 21-22)
  • Won the West Coast Conference regular-season championship in 2021-22
  • No. 20 final AP Top 25 ranking (2021-22)
  • Spent 16 consecutive weeks in AP Top 25 – most in school history (2021-22)
  • Most wins in the regular season (25) in program history (2021-22)
  • Five wins against Power 5 opponents (Arizona State, Florida State, West Virginia, Utah, Washington State - 2021-22)
  • Twelve players garnered All-Conference Honors

Coaching Experience

  • UNLV Assistant Coach (2004-07)

Education

  • BYU (Geographic Information Systems, 2002)

Playing Career

  • Played her season at BYU in 2001-02 and helped BYU to a 24-9 record, a Mountain West Conference Tournament title and a trip to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament
  • Averaged 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game
  • Named to the 2002 Mountain West Conference Third Team and earned one MWC Player of the Week citation
  • Posted season highs of 30 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two steals
  • Played first three seasons at UCLA from 1996-99
  • Appeared in 83 games and averaged 9.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and added 125 assists, 87 steals and 22 blocks
  • Shot 42.3 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from 3-point range and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line
  • Helped UCLA record back-to-back 20-win seasons
  • In 1998-99 helped UCLA to a Pac-10 titles and a trip to the Elite Eight

Mission

  • Lisbon, Portugal

Personal/Family

  • Melanie and her husband Preston have three children

Melanie Day was named an assistant coach on the women’s basketball team on July 11, 2019, by head women’s basketball coach Jeff Judkins.

Day played three years at UCLA and one season at BYU. She was on coach Judkins’ first Sweet Sixteen team in 2001-02 that went 24-9 overall. During that season, Day averaged 11.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, was named to the 2002 Mountain West Conference Third Team and garnered one MWC Player of the Week citation. As a Cougar, she had career highs in points with 30, in rebounds with nine, assists with four and in steals with two. 

In her three years at UCLA from 1996 to 1999, Day played in a total of 83 games, shot 42.3 percent from the field, 40.1 percent from 3-point range and 72.3 percent from the free-throw line. She totaled 778 points, pulled down 254 rebounds and had career totals in assists with 125, steals with 87 and 22 in blocked shots.  The Bruins recorded back-to-back 20+win seasons in 1998 and 1999, finishing second and first, respectively in the Pac-10, and made it to the Elite Eight in 1999.

Before transferring to BYU, Day served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lisbon, Portugal.

After her playing career, Day was an assistant coach at UNLV from 2004-07. In those three years, the Lady Rebels combined for a 48-42 record including back-to-back postseason WNIT appearances in 2005 and 2006.

The Irvine, California, native prepped at Woodridge High School and helped the team to back-to-back state championships her junior and senior years. Her team also won three CIF Championships. Day was a two-time All-State honoree, a four-time All-CIF player and was the Division II California Player of the Year as a junior and senior. She was also a two-time league MVP and a 1995 AAU All-American.

Day has a degree in geographic information systems from BYU. She and her husband Preston have three children and reside in Lehi.

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