(Recruiting Area: Massachusetts)
Mark Melnitsky begins the 14th season of his second stint as an assistant coach for the Bantams in 2019, and will serve as offensive coordinator for the ninth year. Melnitsky, who has coached and continues to coach the Bantam offensive line since his return to Trinity in 2006, mentored Trinity’s tight ends and wide receivers as a graduate assistant in 1998 and 1999. The Bantam offensive line led the nation in sacks allowed (two) in 2006 under his watch, and has topped the conference in scoring in four of the last six years with 32.4 ppg in 2013, 38.1 ppg in 2016, 34.6 ppg in 2017, and 36.0 ppg last fall.
Melnitsky's offenses have consistently rewritten the Trinity and NESCAC record books over recent years. The Bantams led the league and ranked seventh nationally in rushing (281 ypg) while also topping the league with 465 yards in total offense per game (2nd-most in College history), 35.1 ppg, and a 152.8 pass efficiency in 2012. Trinity paced the league with 38 total touchdowns and ranked No. 6 nationally in the red zone with points 91.4 percent of the time in 2016, while pacing the league in both scoring defense (10.6 ppg, 7th in nation) and scoring offense (34.6 ppg) and turnover margin (+1.50, 6th in nation) two seasons ago. Trinity topped the NESCAC in rushing (228 ypg), total offense (464.3 yards, 3rd-most in College history), scoring (36.0 ppg), and passing yards (2,120), while setting a new college record at 6.49 yards per play in 2018. The Bantams paced the league with 34 total touchdowns while earning 22 of those from the running game.
Some of the top offensive players in Trinity history have also reached unprecedented heights unde Melnitsky's watch. Evan Bunker, the all-time leading rusher in NESCAC history, and Sonny Puzzo, Trinity's all-time leader in total offense and touchdowns, are two that thrived under Melnitsky's tutelage in the last five years. Max Chipouras, the 2018 NESCAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year, broke both the Trinity scoring record and the NESCAC rushing touchdown marks last fall. No less than 28 Melnitsky-coached offensive lineman have made the All-NESCAC Teams in the last 13 seasons, including two-time All-American Chris Simmons, All-Americans Joe Magardino and Matt Porter, and 2018 All-New England tackle Austin Baiardi.
Melnitsky was previously the offensive line coach at Fordham University in 2004 and 2005, and served as both the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Widener University in 2003 and Ursinus College in 2001 and 2002. Prior to Ursinus, Melnitsky served as an offensive line coach at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He earned his bachelor’s degree in government from Hamilton College in 1997, where he was a four-year letterwinner at inside linebacker and captain as a senior, and added a master’s degree in American Studies from Trinity in 2009. Melnitsky is also an associate professor in the Trinity athletic department. He has two daughters, Charlotte and Julia, and resides in Avon.