LOUDONVILLE — A pair with ties to Siena College basketball secured head coaching positions Friday.
Melanie Moore, a Siena alumna, was announced as the new head coach of the Xavier women’s program, while former Siena men’s head coach Rob Lanier was named the new head coach of the Georgia State men’s program.
Moore — then Melanie Halker — played for Siena from 1995 to 1999, winning MAAC Rookie of the Year in 1996, and MAAC Player of the Year in 1998 and 1999. She was a three-time All-MAAC first-team selection during a career in which she scored more than 2,000 points for the Saints.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be the next leader for Xavier Women's Basketball,” Moore said in a Xavier athletic department press release. “Xavier is an incredible place that prides itself on academic and athletic excellence. I am excited to get to work and lead the women's basketball program back to excellence both on and off the court.”
Previously, Moore was the associate head coach at Michigan where she coached for seven seasons. Before that, Moore was an assistant coach at Dayton, Indiana State and Siena.
Lanier coached at Siena from 2001 to 2005. Lanier, 50, has spent the last eight seasons working on coaching staffs for head coach Rick Barnes, and most recently served as the associate head coach at Tennessee.
At Siena, Lanier led the Saints to one appearance in the NCAA tournament and one in the NIT. Overall, Lanier’s teams at Siena went 58-70.