CASTINE, Maine – Farmington native Brandon Melville was named the Head Men's Lacrosse Coach at Maine Maritime Academy by Director of Athletics, Steve Peed on Monday. Melville succeeds James Dillon, who stepped down in June in order to join the staff at Colby College.
"First of all, I would like to thank the administration, Steve Peed and the entire search committee for the opportunity to be a part of this tremendous program," said Melville. "I look forward to leading and mentoring these young men every day on and off the field. We have an opportunity to do something special here and we will work hard every day to reach our potential as a team."
Melville was the head coach at Northern Vermont University-Lyndon in 2018-2019. Working with only 17 athletes on his roster, he led the Hornets to a 3-3 season in North Atlantic Conference play, including a 13-7 win in over Maine Maritime in Castine. He mentored Brandon Hunter, one of two NAC athletes selected for the New England Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association East-West All-Star Game. His roster also produced the NAC Men's Lacrosse Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and a second team All-NAC selection.
"I am incredibly excited to welcome Brandon into our department and campus community," said Peed. "I have seen the intensity with which his athletes compete and I am confident our guys will show up for 60 minutes every single game under Coach Melville's leadership."
Immediately prior to taking the reins at Lyndon, Melville served as a graduate assistant in the athletic department at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa. He assisted with department financial and operational functions, provided social media content, and supervised college housing. Following his tenure at Iowa Lakes he completed his Master of Sport Leadership degree at Northeastern University.
Melville began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Maine-Farmington, where he earned a B.A. in Outdoor Recreation Business Administration. Following a season at UMF, he spent three seasons as the assistant boy's lacrosse coach at Mt. Blue High School in Farmington.
Melville was a Dean's List student at UMF and a three-year member of the Beavers lacrosse team. He also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He spent the summer following his graduation as the recreation coordinator of UMF's Upward Bound program.