One of the purposes of the NDCA is to honor and recognize outstanding coaches in our profession.  Read below to meet the nominees for College Coach of the Year.

Amy Bunting, University of Central Michigan
Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Amy Bunting is going to stay Fired Up Forever! In her 20th season with the Central Michigan University Dance Team, she’s one of the most recognized leaders on campus.  Her school spirit and loyalty are UNMATCHED at CMU.  On campus or off – Amy is no stranger to anyone in her hometown of Mount Pleasant, Michigan as she is also the Director of an inclusive, non-profit fitness and recreation facility that supports and employs people of all backgrounds and abilities while hosting tens of thousands of members and guests each year.  Amy’s best and most favored roll in the community is sitting beside her husband, on the sideline or behind the scenes of her three sons’ athletic, academic and extracurricular events.  At ages 11, 10 and 8.5, the Bunting Boys keep Amy busy and proud.  And of course they’re all true CMU CHIPPEWAS!  #FIREUPCHIPS  Click here for full bio

Kaitlyn Marquette, Manhattan College
Bronx, New York

Kaitlyn Marquette, a native New Yorker and head coach of the Manhattan College Jasper Dancers, finds joy in her not-so-typical daily routine. I love to travel, experience new cultures, camp and hike in the mountains, spend time with my dog, Guinness, drink black iced coffee, listen to True Crime podcasts, rhinestone costumes, and do my part to take care of the environment. I have danced all over the world, including a TV show in India and taught classes in Japan. My life experiences have inspired me to live in the moment, embrace life’s journey and follow my passions wherever they lead.  Click here for full bio

Melissa McGhee, The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

A native of Toledo, Ohio, Melissa McGhee is a graduate of The Ohio State University where she obtained a B.A. in Business Administration. She is the current Head Coach of The Ohio State University Dance Team. Under her direction, the team has consistently placed in the top five in Jazz and Pom at the UDA Collegiate National Championship. The team won the program’s first ever National Championship in 2018 and has four total to date including most recently winning the D1A Jazz Title in 2020. After sixteen years of studio training, she now choreographs and consults for dance studios and teams nationally and judges for numerous dance competitions including NDA, UDA, AmeriDance, Showcase America, OASSA, and USASF. Melissa has been a speaker at the Varsity Dance Coaches Conference, National Dance Coaches Association Conference and provided coaches education classes for CLI Studios. 

Bettina Rogers, Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, Kentucky

My passion for dance can be traced back to my middle school coach days. There I learned what it meant to practice in small hallways and to fundraise for countless hours. There I learned that coaching was more than clapping my hands, but rather I learned the impact I had on each of my dancer’s lives. There I learned hard work would never let me down. Working endlessly, I got to see my kids live out their dreams and win a national title. Later, I explored the all star side and was blessed to once again coach my dancers who were growing up alongside of me. We continued our journey and gained the confidence we needed to reach our goals. My passion continues as I work for Eastern Kentucky University. EKU has placed in the Top 3 at College nationals and has been recognized for immense community service/school involvement. I enjoy coaching my team and learning fresh approaches to managing successful programs. Click here for full bio

Kelley Tafazzoli, University of Tennessee
Knoxville, Tennessee

Kelley Tafazzoli – a Christian woman who thinks aside from prayer – laughter is always the best medicine. I am a loving wife and mom with a focus on faith, family, and fellowship. Aside from loyalty, my best trait is being fluent in toddler, whining, and sarcasm. I am motivated by others and a McDonald’s Coke. “We can’t all do great big things but we can all do small things with great love”.  Click here for full bio