Doug Mello
Doug Mello
Title: Head Coach
Year: HOF Class of '02
Previous College: Siena Heights '86
Team: Soccer

The following was printed on Doug Mello's HOF plaque:

Doug Mello came to Siena Heights in 1983 after spending four years coaching at his alma mater, Aquinas College, where he was a four-year standout.  He received a master’s degree from Siena Heights in 1986.  Mello started both the men’s and women’s soccer programs at Siena Heights University and quickly turned them into nationally-ranked teams in the 1980’s. 

 In his six years as the Saints’ men’s coach, Mello led Siena Heights to five district titles, one regional championship, and their first appearance at the NAIA National Championship Tournament in 1985.
In 1986, Mello started the women’s soccer program at Siena Heights and immediately turned them into a national power.  From 1986-88, the Saints won three district titles and were nationally ranked all three years.  In his final season in 1988, the women’s team was ranked #1 in the country and made its first appearance at the NAIA National Championship Tournament, where they placed third.
During his tenure as the SHU men’s and women’s soccer coach, Mello was named District Coach-of-the-Year five times and Area VI Coach-of-the-Year three times.