Melissa (Reynolds) Stahl

Volleyball Player, 2000

Melissa (Reynolds) Stahl
Melissa (Reynolds) Stahl

Melissa Reynolds enjoyed a special season in 2000 with the SC4 women’s volleyball team.

How about 73 wins, nine tournament titles, a state championship and a national crown for the team? For Reynolds, a first-year standout, there were numerous postseason awards, including National Player of the Year and First-Team All-American honors.

SC4 retired her No. 13 jersey after the season.

The Port Huron Northern graduate could have returned to SC4 for a second season but choose to attend Central Michigan University on an athletic scholarship. She joined her older brother, Matt, who was playing football for the Chippewas.

Reynolds played on the CMU volleyball team from 2001-2003. As a senior, she was nominated captain and finished the season clinching the West Division title in the Mid-American Conference. She graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in sport management and a minor in marketing.

The talented middle hitter began her volleyball career while in eighth grade at Holland Woods Middle School. She decided to try out for a local travel club – Blue Water Volleyball. Within the first year of playing for the travel club, owned and managed by former SC4 coach Terry Gamble, she was moved up to the 16-year-old travel team and was the starting middle hitter as a 14-year-old.

During her junior and senior years at Northern, the 18U travel team took third and fifth place at the AAU Nationals tournament in Orlando. With the Huskies, Reynolds was a three-year varsity starter and earned first-team All-Macomb Area Conference Red Division and All-Blue Water Area honors.

Reynolds had a short coaching stint following the completion of her career as the junior varsity volleyball coach at Shepherd High School. She also coached with the Dead Frogs Volleyball Club in Kalamazoo.

Reynolds works for Stryker Craniomaxillofacial (CMF) and manages a team of four individuals who provide training and education across the country on the division’s product portfolio. Her husband, Kyle Stahl, is the women’s assistant volleyball coach at Western Michigan University.

Even though she has retired from playing volleyball, Reynolds, a Kalamazoo resident, frequently attends matches to support her husband and WMU. The couple have a daughter, Stella.