FIU Hires Alabama State’s Melendez As Coach

Mervyl Melendez on Tuesday resigned as coach at Alabama State—which he took to the NCAA tournament for the first time—to become coach at Florida International.

“We thank Coach Melendez for all he has contributed and achieved at Alabama State University,” Alabama State athletic director Melvin Hines said in a news release. “He made Hornets’ baseball a household name in Montgomery, expanded the reach of ASU in the region, made the program the best in the SWAC, and put the Hornets’ baseball brand on the map nationally. We wish him and his family all the best in their future endeavors.”

In five seasons at ASU after coming over from Bethune-Cookman, Melendez went 158-117. He guided the Hornets to the best season in school history this spring. They went 38-17, setting a school record for wins, and became the first team in Southwestern Athletic Conference history to go undefeated in league play, finishing 24-0. Alabama State swept through the conference tournament to reach regionals for the first time ever. The Hornets season ended in the Tallahassee Regional, where they went 0-2.

At FIU, Melendez is replacing Turtle Thomas, who stepped down June 15. The Panthers finished 29-29 this past season under Thomas, who was 282-242-1 in nine years at FIU.

School Departures Arrivals
Alabama Mitch Gaspard Greg Goff
Alabama State Mervyl Melendez
Appalachian State Billy Jones
Army Matt Reid Jim Foster
Butler Steve Farley
Florida International Turtle Thomas Mervyl Melendez
Furman Ron Smith
Jacksonville Tim Montez Chris Hayes
Kentucky Gary Henderson Nick Mingione
Lamar Jim Gilligan (ret.) Will Davis
Liberty Jim Toman
Louisiana Tech Greg Goff Lane Burroughs
Missouri Tim Jamieson
Northwestern State Lane Burroughs Bobby Barbier
Purdue Doug Schreiber Mark Wasikowski
San Jose State Dave Nakama
SIU-Edwardsville Tony Stoecklin Sean Lyons
Texas Augie Garrido
Villanova Joe Godri
Youngstown State Steve Gillispie Dan Bertolini



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