LSU associate head coach Steve Mellor announced his resignation from the program on Friday, ending his second stint with the Tigers that lasted just over six seasons.
Mellor, who was hired as an assistant with the program in January 2015 after a brief stint at LSU in 2011-12, announced the news via Instagram, saying that the decision was a very difficult one and that he is prioritizing “my integrity and personal mental health.”
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“We get one go at this thing called life, and swimming has been at the center of mine for two decades, so as you can imagine this wasn’t a professional decision that came easy,” Mellor wrote in the post.
“Fortunately, having invested so much time in the building of myself, the person I am, the man I am, and of course the husband and father I am, it is in fact easy to know when I need to do what it is right for me and my family.”
Mellor also thanked all of the swimmers and coaches he’s worked with over the years before offering a glimpse into his reasoning and what might come next.
“In making this decision I have prioritized my integrity and personal mental health,” he said. “I have always loved my job, and I have preached and reinforced the need for us all to do something we love regularly with the athletes I have had the privilege to work with. At this juncture of my life, I have opted to be the example to those athletes and remain true to my belief system by deciding to find something new.
“With daddy daycare runs taking effect on Monday and with new opportunities already in the pipeline, it is time to begin writing the next chapter.”
During his second stint with the team, Mellor spent six seasons as an assistant coach at LSU, beginning in January 2015, and was promoted to associate head coach in July 2020.
In the 2020-21 season, Mellor helped Brooks Curry become the LSU swimming program’s first-ever Olympic gold medalist, attending the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha with Curry where his fourth-place finish in the men’s 100 freestyle qualified him for the U.S. Olympic team in the men’s 400 free relay. The American men’s team went on to win gold in Tokyo in the event.
During the collegiate season, Mellor helped the Tiger men to their highest NCAA finish since 2003, placing 18th with 68 points. This included Curry becoming the first LSU swimmer to earn All-American status in three different events at the NCAA Championships.
In 2019-20, Mellor helped Curry to new school records in the 50, 100 and 200-yard freestyle as a freshman, winning the SEC title in the 100 free.
A native of Stockport Chesire, England, Mellor was a former British National Team swimmer and was a rare three-year term captain with the NC State Wolfpack in the NCAA from 2004-2008. After completing his eligibility at NC State, he went on to become the head coach of the school’s affiliated Wolfpack Aquatics.
After his brief initial stint at LSU in 2011-12, Mellor coached at Creative Aquatics and Nationwide Swim Clinics in England before rejoining the Tiger program in 2015.
Mellor was retained by new LSU head coach Rick Bishop, who was named to the position in June after longtime head coach Dave Geyer resigned after 16 seasons with the Tigers, including 11 as head coach.
With Mellor’s resignation, LSU currently has one associate head coach in Jon Sakovich, along with two assistants, one volunteer assistant coach and two graduate assistants.