Melo departs Battle Ground
Melo grew up in Battle Ground, played sports in Battle Ground and eventually coached and taught physical education for four years in Battle Ground. He’ll always have Tiger roots.
But after receiving his final administrative credentials through Concordia University, the 32-year-old was eager to use his schooling. When a spot opened up at Prairie, Melo seized the opportunity.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Melo, who got a masters degree in athletic administration from Central Washington University. “It’s a weird feeling being a Prairie Falcon, but I couldn’t be more excited.”
Melo led the Tigers boys basketball team to a pair of state appearances — including the team’s first Tacoma Dome appearance in two decades.
“As a coach that was really cool and special. I never got that opportunity as a player,” Melo said.
At Prairie, Melo hopes to continue a rich sports tradition while putting his own spin on things.
“Manny is going to do a great job,” Castro said of Melo. “He’ll definitely need to bring a good pair of running shoes and be ready to go from day one.”