Rumored to be headed to Florida International, Mervyl Melendez has resigned as head baseball coach at Alabama State.
Melendez's resignation was announced by ASU Athletics Director Melvin Hines.
Melendez posted a five-year record of 158-117 at Alabama State, leading the program to four straight 30-win seasons, including three straight SWAC Eastern Division Championships. This season, the Hornets were the only Division I baseball team to go undefeated in conference play setting a school-record 38 victories and winning the program’s first SWAC Championship. ASU also earned the first NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in the school’s baseball history.
“We thank Coach Melendez for all he has contributed and achieved at Alabama State University,” Hines said. “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.”
As a testiment to the quality of recruits brought in by Melendez, Alabama State had nine players earn a chance to play professional baseball in the last three seasons. Six of those players were drafted.
Prior to his arrival at Alabama State in 2012, Melendez spent 12 seasons at Bethune-Cookman winning 11 MEAC championships. He has 537 career wins in 17 seasons as a head coach.
Associate head Coach Jose Vazquez has been named interim head coach.