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John Mello enters his 14th season as the head menís soccer coach at Rhode Island College. He is 133-94-27 in 13 seasons as the club's boss. Under his leadership, the Anchormen reached the NCAA Tournament in 2008 and have qualified for the Little East Conference Tournament in 12 of his 1 seasons at the helm.


Coach Mello led RIC to a 15-4-1 overall record and a 5-1-1 (first place tie) mark in 2016 en route to capturing a share of the Little East Regular Season Championship. The Anchormen established a new program record with 15 wins, eclipsing the previous high mark of 13 set in 1973. RIC also won a program record nine straight games during the campaign. After downing third-seeded Western Connecticut, 1-0, in overtime of the semifinals, the Anchormen advanced to face top-seed UMass Boston in the finals where they fell, 2-1, to the Beacons.


            The Anchormen wrapped up the 2015 season, topping top-seeded Eastern Connecticut, 1-0, in the semifinal round of the 2015 Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament. Despite leading for much of the game, Rhode Island College was unable to hold off a late rally by UMass Boston and fell, 2-1, in overtime of the championship game.


Rhode Island College clinched a berth in the 2014 Little East Conference Tournament with a 1-0 victory over the Regular Season Champion, UMass Boston, on Nov. 1. The fourth-seeded Anchormen traveled back to face the top-seeded Beacons in the semifinals of the tournament and fell, 1-0, to end the season. UMB went on to win the 2014 Little East Tournament.  Nineteen different players scored at least one point for the club, which tied the program record.


Mello recorded his 100th career win in the Anchormen's, 2-1, victory over Framingham State on Sept. 23, 2014. 




RIC wrapped up the 2013 campaign with an 8-6-5 overall record and a 3-2-2 (fourth place) mark in the Little East. After a disappointing 2012 season, RIC secured a spot back in the Little East Tournament. The Anchormen fell, 4-1, to Eastern Connecticut in the semifinals.  The Anchormen finished the 2011 season with an 11-8 overall record and a 5-2 (second place tie) mark in the Little East Conference. RIC earned a trip to the Little East Conference Tournament, but fell to second-seeded Keene State in overtime, 3-2, in the semifinals.




 In 2010, RIC was 10-7-2 and reached the Little East Conference Tournament Championship Game for the second time in three years, falling to Keene State, 1-0.




RIC was 9-8-2 in 2009. He guided RIC to its first Little East Conference Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament berth in 2008. Rhode Island College posted a 12-6-5 overall record and a 5-1-1 (second place) finish in the Little East Conference. The Anchormen downed Babson on penalty kicks in first round action of the 2008 NCAA Tournament.




RIC was 8-9-2 overall and 4-2-1 (third place tie) in the Little East Conference in 2007. The Anchormen posted a 10-6-1 overall record and were 4-2-1 (third place) in the Little East Conference in 2006.




He led the Anchormen to a 12-5-5 overall record and a 4-1-2 (second place) mark in the Little East Conference in 2005. After a heartbreaking loss to fourth-seeded Western Connecticut on penalty kicks in the Little East Conference Men's Soccer Tournament Championship Game, the Anchormen went on to win the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Men's Soccer Championship, the first in the program's history. RIC's 12 wins were the most in a season since the 1973 squad won 13 and the Anchormen recorded a program-record 11 shutouts.


In his first season in 2004, Mello led RIC to an 11-9-2 overall record and a 4-2-1 (second place) mark in the Little East Conference. RICís second place regular season record in the LEC was the highest finish in the programís history. The Anchormen made it to the Championship Game of the 2004 Little East Conference Menís Soccer Tournament, falling, 3-1, to Keene State. The Anchormen also were selected to participate in the 2004 Eastern College Athlete Conference (ECAC) Menís Soccer Tournament for the second consecutive season.




Mello was an assistant coach at RIC under Len Mercurio from 2001-02. Mello had coached the Northern Lightning Premier Soccer Club and won the State Championship twice. He was previously the head varsity boysí soccer coach at Shea High School from 1997-00. During Melloís tenure, the Raiders made it to the semi-finals of the Division II Rhode Island State Championships three times. Shea made it to the Rhode Island State finals in 1998, falling to Pilgrim High School. Mello was also the head varsity boysí soccer coach at Seekonk High School from 1994-96. He inherited a team that was 0-18 in 1993 and built it into a respectable program.




As a player, Mello starred at the University of Maine as a forward from 1987-90. He was All-New England as a senior in 1990 and also a NEISL All-Star. He held the Black Bears single-season record for goals with 12 at the time of his graduation. He went on to play with the Rhode Island Stingrays of the United States Inter-Regional Soccer League (USISL) and with the Academica Soccer Club of the Luso American Soccer Association (LASA) League. Mello won two LASA League Championships with the Academica Soccer Club.




He earned his bachelorís degree in business management from the University of Maine in 1991. He is originally from Bristol, Rhode Island and graduated from La Salle Academy in 1987. He was a four-time First Team All-Division selection, a two-time All-State selection and was All-New England as a senior in 1986.


Mello resides with his wife Christina in Lincoln, Rhode Island with their son, Blake.