Melissa Batie-Smoose
Melissa Batie-Smoose
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 508-793-3623
Previous College: Southern Mississippi, 1991
Experience: First Season

Melissa Batie-Smoose is currently in her first season as the head coach of the Holy Cross volleyball program in 2015. She was named the program's 10th head coach on April 24, 2015. She has over 20 years of collegiate coaching experience including in the Ivy League, ACC, SEC, Conference USA and Missouri Valley conferences. 

Batie-Smoose has spent the last three seasons as the head coach at Cornell where she brought an up-tempo, aggressive style of play. The program made history in 2014 with the school’s first Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year as Natasha Rowland earned the honor. The team also had two Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards, a first for the program since 2006. In 2013, Cornell proved to be strong defensively, ranking first in the conference in blocks (2.27 per set) and third overall in opponent hitting percentage (.204). Under her direction, Rachel D’Epagnier, Breanna Wong and Rowland were named to the All-Ivy team, the most selections for the Big Red volleyball program since the 2008 season. In her first campaign with the Big Red, Batie-Smoose led the squad to a record of 9-16 overall and 5-9 in the Ivy League. Both win totals were the highest since 2008. Cornell finished 2012 strong, earning victories in three of its final four games, which included snapping an 11-match losing streak to Princeton. 

Batie-Smoose was the most successful head coach in the history of Savannah College of Art & Design, guiding the team to an 81-43 overall record (.653) from 2008-2011. The 2009 Sun Conference Coach of the Year led her squad to a conference tournament title and an appearance in the NAIA national tournament. That team ranked as high as 20th nationally. She previously served as head coach at Nova Southeastern University (2005), helping recruit a core of players that would advance to the Elite Eight of the 2008 NCAA Division Division II tournament.

In addition to serving as a head coach at the NAIA and Division II levels, Batie-Smoose also served as an assistant coach in the ACC, SEC, Conference USA and Missouri Valley Conferences. She spent two seasons as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator at Florida State (2006-07) and two years as an assistant at Wake Forest (2003-04), a year at Creighton (1998) and four seasons at Charlotte (1992, 1994-96). Batie-Smoose also spent a year as a volunteer assistant at Florida (2000). After her first season at Charlotte, Batie-Smoose spent one year as an assistant volleyball and softball coach at Allegheny College (1993) before returning to assist the 49ers.

Batie-Smoose has also had great success at the junior level. She spent two seasons as the head coach of the Gainesville Juniors 16/1 Club Team. Ranked eighth nationally, they finished in the top 10 at nationals. One of her Gainesville pupils, Marcie Hampton, was named to the 2007 U.S. Women’s National Team. Batie-Smoose also coached Team Florida, part of the USA High Performance Program, and took them to the Volley Classic in Utah.

Batie-Smoose earned a degree in sports administration from Southern Mississippi in 1991. She was a two-year starter for the Golden Eagles after transferring to Southern Miss from Texas Tech, where she played her first two years. A two-time team MVP for Southern Miss, Batie-Smoose still ranks in the top 10 on the school’s career list for solo blocks and total blocks and is on the single season charts for blocking assists.

Corrinne Archibald
Corrinne Archibald
Title: Assistant Coach
Phone: 508-793-3623
Previous College: Northern Colorado, 2006
Experience: Third Season

Corrinne Archibald is currently in her third season at Holy Cross as an assistant volleyball coach in 2015. Archibald was a volunteer assistant coach for the Crusaders during the 2012 season.

Archibald was a four-year member of the volleyball team at the University of Northern Colorado. In 2004 as a junior, Archibald earned Division I Independent Setter of the Year accolades, in addition to being named to the Division I All-Independent first team and earning the title of Division I Independent Setter of the Week six times. As a senior in the 2005 season, Archibald served as a team captain. The same year she was also named Northern Colorado’s Female Athlete of the Year, was featured as Division I’s Independent Setter of the Week for two consecutive weeks and was named to the Division I All-Independent first team for the second time. She posted 2,927 career assists and 171 total blocks. Archibald also worked as a coach and camp leader at Northern Colorado’s volleyball camp in 2004, where she coached a group of girls aged 12-14 to the finals in the camp tournament.

Archibald, who is also a clinical dietitian and a sports nutrition educator, earned a bachelor’s degree in dietetics from Northern Colorado in 2006.