Alumni Athlete Spotlight: Melissa Cappelletti

Alumni Athlete Spotlight: Melissa Cappelletti

This is part of an ongoing series of profiles to highlight the achievements of Sheridan's varsity alumni academically, competitively and their careers.

Melissa Cappelletti had a tremendous career as a student athlete at Sheridan from 2010-2015. The former captain played four seasons taking 2013-2014 off to fulfill her academic placement for Athletic Therapy. She’s now making an impact in the training world using her education and experience to help others live a healthier lifestyle.

Check out her Website & give her a follow on Instagram!

Accomplishments as a Bruin

Current Certifications

  • 2014-2015 Academic All Canadian
  • 2014-2015 Academic/Athletic Excellence Award
  • 2014-2015 OCAA Women’s Volleyball West Division First-Team All-Star
  • 2012-2013 Women’s Volleyball MVP
  • 2012-2013 OCAA Women’s Volleyball West Division Second-Team All-Star
  • 2010-2011 West Division Rookie of the Year
  • Top 10 in the west in pts/g 2010
  • Led the team in pts/game every year she played
  • Certified Athletic Therapist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Nutrition Coach through Precision Nutrition

Questions

  1. Why did you choose Athletic Therapy?

I chose athletic therapy because I saw it as a way for me to combine my passion for helping people with my passion for sport. I wanted to pursue a career path that I would enjoy and I knew a typical 9-5 office job just wasn't going to be fulfilling for me.

  1. How did varsity sports change your post secondary experience?

Varsity sport connected me to a lot of amazing people I wouldn't have known otherwise. It forced me to develop exceptional time management skills to balance the time commitment of the season and my class schedule. 

  1. Are you still playing volleyball or involved with the sport anymore?

I don't play much anymore, due to my work schedule it makes it hard for me to commit to any league play, but I will sub for a friend occasionally if I can make it work. I would love to be more involved with the sport and am often asked to help coach teams but unfortunately I just don't have the time. Though I do love running strength and conditioning sessions for various OVA teams.

  1. What are your work experiences since graduating/what are you doing now?

I am currently wearing quite a few hats. My primary job is my online training business. I also work as an in-person personal trainer at Wynn Fitness, an athletic therapist at Apex Optimal Performance, and an educator for Technogym in North America.

  1. What are some of the joys of your work?

I help people transform their lives through exercise and nutrition and it is the most rewarding feeling. Helping people improve their movement patterns, get rid of pain, gain confidence, and improve their quality of life is incredibly fulfilling.

   6.What advice would you tell prospective students interested in college volleyball?

My advice would be to definitely pursue it but to make sure you are incredibly organized to avoid becoming overwhelmed, especially during midterms and final exams.  

   7. If you had the chance to redo your time at Sheridan College and the Bruins, would you do anything differently? If yes, then what?

I would have liked to spend more time cultivating my relationships with my classmates and teammates outside of the classroom and court. Balancing the two schedules kept me so busy I didn't spend enough time getting to know everyone on a deeper level. 

  8. What are your most fond memories (memory) from your varsity volleyball experience?

My fondest memories are just all of the relationships I created with other athletes at Sheridan and throughout the league. I am still friends with a lot of them to this day and it's cool to see where everyone ended up.

 

Former Women's Volleball Head Coach, Scott Hunt remisinced on his team with the Bruins and coaching Melissa;

"Melissa was a very well respected leader by her teammates and coaches because of the way she conducted herself and the respect she gave everyone. She was a consistently hard worker in every drill, played with pride, kept her composure in pressure situations, and always made good decisions on and off the court. Melissa was self-motivated, disciplined, competitive, and cared about the team and her teammates' success. Her strong moral character allowed her to build honest, trusting relationships with both teammates and coaches. She lead by example so effectively that her teammates naturally admired, respected and tried to emulate her actions."
 

Thank you for your time as a Bruin Melissa. Once a Bruin, always a Bruin!