Former Sacramento State gymnastics standout Melissa Genovese joined the staff as an assistant coach in August of 2015. Genovese is responsible for the Hornet beam team and also assists on floor and with recruiting.
During her first season on the staff (2016), Genovese coached Kalliah McCartney and Lauren Rice to MPSF titles as each scored 9.850. In 2017, Caitlin Soliwoda earned all-MPSF honors after placing third on beam with a 9.900 at the conference championships. Caitlin Soliwoda and Rice each advanced to the NCAA Seattle Regional as all-arounders and were joined by Courtney Soliwoda who was a beam specialist.
In 2018, Sacramento State tied its 10th best beam score with a 49.025 against San Jose State and Seattle Pacific after the team counted five scores between 9.725 and 9.875. Following the year, Annie Juarez and Caitlin Soliwoda qualified for the NCAA Salt Lake Regional as all-arounders and Courtney Soliwoda returned as a beam specialist. Juarez had never competed on beam prior to 2018 and finished the season with an RQS of 9.785 and a high score of 9.875. Courtney Soliwoda wrapped up the year with an RQS of 9.835 which ranked fourth in school history behind only Genovese (2007-08) and McCartney (2013).
Genovese competed for the Hornets from 2005-08 where she was a part of three conference championship teams. She also qualified for an NCAA regional all four years of her career and was the 2007 Western Athletic Conference individual beam champion.
As a senior, Genovese set the Sacramento State record with a 9.950 on beam in her final home routine — a score which remains the best in Hornet history. She also is tied for second place with a 9.925 and has four 9.900s to tie for sixth.
After graduating from Sacramento State, Genovese moved to San Diego where she coached at Pacific Coast Gymnastics from the last seven years. While there, she coached the club's competitive teams ranging from levels 3-10.