June 1, 2004


John Mello Named Head Men’s Soccer Coach at Rhode Island College


Providence, RI—John Mello has been named the head men’s soccer coach at Rhode Island College. Mello takes over for Len Mercurio who stepped down last month. Mello had served as an assistant coach under Mercurio in 2001 and 2002.


“I am excited about returning to Rhode Island College,” Mello says. “Coach Mercurio has done a great job and I want to improve upon the success he’s had. I am looking forward to the upcoming season.”


Mello has coached the Northern Lightning Premier Soccer Club for the past four years and won the State Championship two out of the past four seasons. He was previously the head varsity boys’ soccer coach at Shea High School from 1997-00. During Mello’s 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 boys’ soccer coach at Seekonk High School from 1994-96. He inherited a program 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 bachelor’s 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.


He is single and resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. The Anchormen open the 2004 season at Clark on Sept. 4.