Melendez takes over ASU baseball program

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Alabama State has a new baseball coach, and he has big plans for the program.

"One word. Omaha! [Site of the College World Series]" said Mervyl Melendez, who was introduced as the fourth head coach in Hornet baseball history.

Melendez comes to ASU from his alma mater, Bethune-Cookman. While at B-C, Melendez led the Wildcats to 11 NCAA Regional appearances, and was the second youngest coach on the NCAA Division I level to reach 300 career victories.

Melendez looks to continue his winning ways in Montgomery.

"The direction of this university fits the direction I have as a professional," Melendez said. "It is a passion I will bring to this university that will make everyone proud."

Melendez's passion for winning and building men is what  made Athletic Director Stacy Danley decide Melendez was the right man for the job.

"As we continue to grow our program, we have placed our expectations extremely high," said Danley. "We want to compete at the highest level and we want to be the best at everything we do. Coach Melendez is a proven winner."

Melendez takes over for Larry Watkins, who retired after 30 years as head coach.