|Alma Mater:||Penn '94|
Melanie Onufrieff is in her third season as an assistant coach with the Tigers. Onufrieff came to Clemson after spending the seven years as the head women's rowing coach at Columbia University. During her last two years with the Lions, Columbia achieved its first ever team national ranking, finishing as high as 19th in 2010.
Prior to joining the staff at Columbia in 2005, she spent six years as the head women's rowing coach at Cornell, beginning in 1999. Her 2002 varsity eight was chosen for the NCAA Championships, where it finished 14th. That performance, combined with its regular-season and Sprints showings, earned Onufrieff Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year honors from the CRCA.
Onufrieff spent two years as an assistant coach at Princeton from 1997-1998. Her first novice eight took the silver medal at the 1997 Eastern Sprints. In 1998, the Tigers' first novice eight won gold at the Sprints. Once again, she was EAWRC Novice Coach of the Year.
Onufrieff began her full-time coaching career in 1995 at Rutgers as the novice women's coach. Her first novice eight won a silver medal at the Sprints and a bronze at the IRA Regatta. She was voted the EAWRC Novie Coach of the Year.
Onufrieff spent the summers of 2001, 2006, 2007 and 2008 as an assistant coach with the United States National Rowing Team. She was in charge of the silver medal winning 4- in 2008 at the Senior World Rowing Championships in Linz, Austria and the Gold Medal winning Under 23 Women's 4X in Strathclyde, Scotland in 2007.
A native of Berkeley, CA, Onufrieff was a three-year letter winner from the University of Pennsylvania. She was a two-year rowing captain, and was twice selected for the Hope Barnes Memorial Award for Excellence in Rowing. She also twice earned selection to the Academic All-Ivy League Team. Onufrieff graduated from Penn in 1994 with a B.A. in biology.