|Position:||Special Teams Coordinator|
|Alma Mater:||William Paterson, 2002|
Eric Mele begins his second full season as the Cougars special teams coach. He was promoted to the full-time coach in February, 2015, after serving in the same role on an interim basis the final two months of the 2014 campaign.
Mele spent the previous two and a half seasons in an offensive quality control position, working with film breakdown and assisting with the development of quarterbacks.
In 2015 the Cougar special teams showed improvement from 2014 in many statistical categories, including kickoff coverage, kickoff return, punt return and punt return defense. Freshman kick returner Tavares Martin, Jr. was eighth in the Pac-12 in kickoff returns at 22.1 ypr while kicker Eric Powell made 20 field goals, fourth-most in WSU history.
Prior to Washington State, Mele spent five seasons as the special teams coordinator/running backs coach at Wingate University. In his time at Wingate, Mele helped guide the Bulldogs to a 36-19 record highlighted by a second-appearance in the 2010 NCAA Division II playoffs.
Prior to his time at Wingate, Mele spent the 2006 season as the wide receivers coach/passing game coordinator at Saint Peter’s College (N.J.), the 2005 season as the co-defensive coordinator at Marist High School (N.J.) and two seasons as the special teams coordinator/defensive backs coach at William Paterson University (N.J.).
Mele was a three-year starter at strong safety and outside linebacker at William Paterson where he earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice in 2002. He earned his master’s degree in sports management from the American Military University in 2007.
Mele and his wife, Melissa, have four daughters, Samantha, Jordan, Taylor and Madison.