As the Women’s Indoor Football League puts the pieces in place for a strong beginning, Melanie Newman is on-board as a member of the media team. Projected as the league’s sideline reporter, she brings significant experience in sports coverage to the position.
Recognized as Troy University’s Woman of the Year in 2012, she has emerged as a model citizen in her community. Along with her coverage of Troy Trojans athletics in the Atlantic Sun Conference, she has also been involved with Sun Belt Conference softball and NASCAR Kinetics in Motion in which she conducted case studies and hosted an official NASCAR viewing party.
For anyone who is assuming that she is just eye candy, think again. Newman has paid her dues and earned her shot. She was a stage manager for ESPN during the ASC Baseball Championships. At Troy, she assisted the play-by-play production crew for football along with serving as an assistant in live statistics for the Sports Information Division at Troy. In addition, she produced and directed her own programs which were broadcast on YouTube.
Hailing from Woodstock, Georgia, her academic history is equally impressive. She was part of the Chancellor’s Capstone Leadership Students group at Troy University, along with a member of Alpha Epsilon Rho (broadcast journalism honors fraternity).
Of note, she is also a beauty queen. Having won the USA Petite Miss pageant, she will compete at the Miss Universal Petite in June 2014. She was also selected as Miss Troy 2013, which qualified her to compete in the Miss Alabama pageant. For that event, she would earn a top 10 finish.
With the WIFL holding its league tryouts in various cities on the Eastern seaboard, Newman will be on-hand to cover them. Fans can also expect to see her conduct pre and post game coverage once the inaugural season goes underway.
Based on the in-roads that women such as Erin Andrews, Jamie Maggio, Pam Oliver and Nicole Zaloumis have made in recent years, the world of tackle football is littered with great stories of breaking barriers. As the WIFL continues the proud legacy of women getting the opportunity to grace the gridiron, Newman brings a credible and articulate presence that embodies the spirit and drive of the budding league.