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.
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