Heriberto "Herb" Melendez ascended to his first permanent collegiate head softball coaching position when he was chosen to lead Felician University in July 2019. But he is a stranger neither to Felician nor the greater New York City scene.
Melendez, the seventh head coach in Felician history, was a Golden Falcon assistant in 2012 and 2013 on the staff of Lori Kwiatkowski. He served as Felician's interim head coach for the fall 2013 season.
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 NFCA 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.
During and after his time as a Naval Reservist, Melendez was a semi-professional baseball pitcher in the Spanish Federation League. From 2002-05 he was an assistant baseball coach at Island Trees High School in Levittown, N.Y.
Melendez resides in Levittown with his wife, Sandra. They have three daughters -- Ashley, Samantha, and Jaylyn. Ashley was a senior on the 2019 LIU Post softball team that won the NCAA Division II East Regional championship, and Samantha plays softball for New York Institute of Technology.
Last updated 7/25/19