Melissa Brooks was named an assistant coach for the Shorewomen in June 2012. Brooks spent the 2011-12 season as an assistant coach at Marymount University, serving as the Saints' recruiting coordinator and helping guide them to a berth in the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals.
Brooks played collegiate basketball at Division II Holy Family University, where she scored 1,115 career points as the Tigers posted a won-loss record of 116-13, won back-to-back Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Championships, and competed in four NCAA Division II National Championship Tournaments during her four years on the team. She was named the CACC's Rookie of the Year in 2006 and was named to the All-CACC third team in 2007 and again in 2009.
Following her graduation from Holy Family, Brooks went on to spend two years as an assistant varsity girls basketball and softball coach, Physical Education instructor, photography and film editor, and dorm teacher at The George School in Newtown, PA.
The 2005 Bucks County (PA) High School Player of the Year, Brooks was inducted into the Neshaminy High School Hall of Fame in 2012. She received a B.A. in Media Arts Communications from Holy Family in 2009.