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EC Commodores Headshots John Melody

Head Coach

John Melody

John Melody is a native of Ireland and brings a wealth of youth, collegiate, and professional coaching experience. John first came to the United States to play for Mercyhurst University. He then went on to become the head coach for men and women at Mercyhurst where he had regular success. During his tenure, they won multiple GLIAC titles and NCAA Regional titles with both programs perennially ranked in the top 20 in the nation. He personally won several GLIAC and NCAA Regional coach of the year awards as well as sent many players on to the professional ranks.

John also had a stint as an assistant at Gannon University in 2007 in which the Knights won the GUAC and received an NCAA tournament bid for the first time in 15 years.

John went on to become the head coach of the Erie Commodores men’s team from 2009- 2013 and again in 2016-2017. During his tenure the Commodores have been one of the most successful organizations in the National Premier Soccer League with 6 conference championships, 3 regional championships and multiple invites to the US Open Cup.

Many of John’s players have gone on to sign professional contracts and he is well known for the development of young players to go to the “next level.”

John holds an FA couching license. John is also a well respected business man in Erie where he owns and runs several successful restaurants and pubs. John has a combination of soccer knowledge and business acumen along with his long history of supporting the local Erie community.