Chastity Melvin

Chasity Melvin is one of the reigning pioneers in women’s sports history as a WNBA All Star, ACC Legend and North Carolina State University Hall of Famer. Throughout her 14-year professional basketball career, Chasity has overcome highs and lows with style, grace, beauty, and faith. Not only is she known for her stellar basketball career, her success also extends to endeavors outside of the sport. Chasity is a sports radio show host, emcee, speaker, coach, and philanthropist. Her athletic experience combined with her engaging personality with off-court activities makes her one of a kind. Chasity was recently named Assistant Coach for the Phoenix Mercury WNBA team where she will continue to use her experience to empower and coach the next generation of women in basketball.

LIFE & CAREER

As a former 1st round draft pick for the ABL and WNBA in 2000, Chasity played 12 seasons in the WNBA with the Cleveland Rockers, Chicago Sky, and Washington Mystics. She also played internationally for 14 years in Spain, Russia, Poland, South Korea, Italy, Israel, Turkey, and China amassing championships throughout the world. She solidified her athletic prowess as one of the few females to play in all three professional basketball leagues and win multiple championships abroad in Europe.

The 6’4 All-American center led the N.C. State Lady Wolfpack to their only NCAA Final Four while amassing a plethora of accolades along the way. During her collegiate career, Chasity was named ACC Rookie of the Year, Kodak All American, NCAA East Regional MVP, NCAA All-Final Four Team, she holds the record for the most points scored by a freshman and most field goals made by a freshman in program history, she was the first player in history to lead a team in field goal percentage all four years, the second athlete male or female to score over 2,000 points and grab over 1,000 rebounds in NC State history and she broke Sheryl Swoopes semi-final scoring record with 37 points against Louisiana Tech in 1998. In 2014, Chasity Melvin was inducted into the NC State University Athletic Hall of Fame. Melvin was the first female coach in the history of the Charlotte Hornets franchise when she joined their G League affiliate, the Greensboro Swarm, in 2018. Upon leaving the Swarm she joined Loyola University Maryland women’s basketball staff as an assistant coach.

Chasity Melvin is a certified Life Coach who desires to help others learn the importance of self-confidence, work/life balance and how having a positive attitude is paramount to a successful life, career and post career. Chasity has traveled to Africa for a Hoops 4 Hope initiative and traveled to Colombia as a sports ambassador for Health and Wellness. She uses her own creative talent and communications degree to produce and host her own True Sports Podcast. She has commentated for ESPN3 and co-hosted Full Court Press with John Rendleman on WWAY-TV3 in Wilmington, NC.

You can read her thoughts and opinions on various topics by reading her blog, “A Player’s Perspective.”

Chasity Melvin is a certified Life Coach who desires to help others learn the importance of self-confidence, work/life balance and how having a positive attitude is paramount to a successful life, career and post career. Chasity has traveled to Africa for a Hoops 4 Hope initiative and traveled to Colombia as a sports ambassador for Health and Wellness. She uses her own creative talent and communications degree to produce and host her own True Sports Podcast. She has commentated for ESPN3 and co-hosted Full Court Press with John Rendleman on WWAY-TV3 in Wilmington, NC.

You can read her thoughts and opinions on various topics by reading her blog, “A Player’s Perspective.”

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

ABL

  • 2nd pick in the ABL Draft played for the Philadelphia Rage

WNBA – 12 seasons

  • 11th pick in WNBA Draft played for the Cleveland Rockers 2000-2005
  • 2002 WNBA All-Star
  • 2005-2008 Washington Mystics
  • 2008-2009 Chicago Sky2010-2012 Washington Mystics
  • WNBA stats – 14th in total rebounds, 4th in offensive rebounds amongst active and retired players

Europe – 14 seasons

  • Spain – Spanish League Championship, 1st Division
  • Israel – Five years Israeli Cup Championship, 1st Division
  • Italy – Italian League Championship, 1st Division
  • Poland – Two Polish League Championships, 1st Division Euroleague, Final Four Semifinal
  • China, Korea, Russia, Turkey- Two seasons

Honors & Awards

  • ACC Top 50 Athletes
  • 2011 ACC Legend
  • NCHSAA Top 100 Athletes
  • Inducted into the Sampson County Athlete Hall of Fame in NC
  • Sampson County Distinguished Citizen Award 2014