BIO Melinda Descant enters her seventh season at the helm of the LSUA women's tennis team. Descant has led the Generals to immediate success, delivering five conference and NAIA regional championships to LSUA , while guiding the Generals to five NAIA National Championship berths, including two trip to the quarterfinals and multiple Top 10 national rankings. The team has also been awarded the National NAIA Champions of Character Award.
A native and resident of Bunkie, Louisiana, she is a graduate of Bunkie High School and attended LSUA for one year before receiving a four year tennis scholarship to the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), now the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. At USL, she was a four year letterman, team captain and also received the honor of being named on the All Southland Conference Team. Before going to USL, she was ranked the number one tennis player in central Louisiana.
After graduating from USL with a bachelor of science in Elementary Education, she continued her tennis career in league tennis throughout the state of Louisiana where she was ranked as high as 5.0 league player after college.
Her professional career includes teaching in the Rapides and Avoyelles Parish school systems. She furthered her education by receiving a mathematics and special education certification.
She has had a successful career in coaching at Bunkie High School over the past 10 years. During this time she has coached many undefeated boys and girls teams as well as having a two time state champ in boys singles and a state runner up girls team.