Taking the reins of the program as a young coach, Melendez raised the Wildcats' standard of excellence to a new level, opening his career as a head coach with five consecutive MEAC titles. Presently, B-CU is on a different run of six consecutive MEAC Championships, leaving just one year without a title in his 379-win B-CU tenure.
"I need to thank all of the people that gave me the opportunity here," said Melendez. "Lynn Thompson took a chance on me when I was 25, and I owe him a lot for that. Much of my success is because of the leadership in the athletic department. "
The Wildcats are coming off a 36-25 season that ended in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional. B-CU wrapped up its second straight 18-0 perfect season in MEAC play, while extending its win streak over conference opponents to 46 games.
An official announcement from Alabama State could come as early as next week.