Herb Melendez enters his second season with NYIT softball in 2016-17 after previously spending time at Felician College and St. John's University.
He primarily works with the infield, as well as offensively and from a recruiting aspect.
As an assistant at Felician he was in charge of hitting, outfield, catchers and recruiting. In 2012 the Golden Falcons improved their season record from the previous year and postd a fourth place finish in the CACC Tournament giving the program its best showing since 2007. He spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as a volunteer assistant at Division-I St. John's University assisting with the outfield, hitting, and travel arrangements.
Melendez has coached various travel softball teams in Queens and Long Island since 1992, and is founder of the Long Island Pride Fast pitch organization. As Head Coach of the Pride 16&U team in 2013 he helped the team finish 3rd at nationals.
Throughout the 1980s and 1990s he was a semi-professional baseball pitcher in the Spanish Federation League.
Melendez is a High Tension Electrical Mechanic at W.T.C. in New York City. He lives in Levittown, N.Y., with his wife, Sandra, and daughters Ashley, Samantha, and Jaylyn. Ashley plays softball at nearby LIU Post, while Samantha is a freshman on the Bears.