RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Herb Melendez of Levittown, N.Y., has been named the head softball coach at Felician University, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today. Melendez is the seventh coach in program history.
Though ascending to his first permanent collegiate head coaching position, Melendez is a stranger neither to Felician nor to the greater New York City softball scene. He was a Golden Falcon assistant in 2012 and 2013 and served as Felician's interim head coach in the fall of 2013.
Melendez began his college coaching career with two years as a volunteer assistant at Division I St. John's University. More recently, he was on the staff of New York Institute of Technology from 2016-18 and of New York University last season. NYIT posted a 71-59 won-lost record during his tenure and reached the 2017 NCAA Division II East Regional. The 2019 Violets went 20-13 and claimed three all-region performers.
Melendez founded the LI Pride Organization and Teams in 2011 and coached the Pride's first 16U squad to a third-place finish at the USSSA Nationals. He had previously been on the staffs of the LI Sudden Impact, Queens Nassau Comets and Levittown Athletic Club travel teams.
Melendez became an aircraft mechanic while attending the United States Navy Class A School in Millington, Tenn., in 1991. He then spent seven years at a jet mechanic in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He is pursuing a B.S. in sports management from Southern New Hampshire University.
At Felician, Melendez replaces Alexis Durando, who resigned in May after coaching three seasons.
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.