Volleyball coach Melhart leaving Columbia River for college position

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Moe Melhart said she has had a couple of other offers to coach college volleyball in recent years, but she was not ready.

Now, it is time.

"It was a great opportunity that my husband and I felt like we couldn't pass up," Melhart said.

Melhart resigned as Columbia River High School's volleyball coach and has accepted the position of associate head coach at Cal State Monterey Bay.

"It was a very difficult decision. I love River. I love my kids. I love my staff," Melhart said. "It was a good time in our life to try something new and see if I can hang in with the college ranks."

She and Brian are moving to California next month.Melhart was The Columbian's All-Region volleyball player of the year in 2003, when she was known as Moe Perez.

She played college volleyball at Central Florida and then Washington State. She was River's head coach the past four seasons.

The coaching position at Columbia River has been posted.