Tyler Melius enters his fourth year as a volunteer assistant coach for both the cross country and track & field teams. Working primarily with the men’s mid-distance and men’s distance/XC groups, Melius specializes in all events ranging from the 800 to the 10k.
In his first three years with the program, many of the men’s distance and mid-distance runners saw significant improvements. Most notably, mid-distance specialist Drew Mackin dropped his time from 1:55 to 1:50 in the 800M, which qualified him for the outdoor NCAA championship in 2016.
Prior to Ursinus, Melius was a standout student-athlete at Slippery Rock University where he excelled in both the classroom and on the track.
A three-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference track champion and three-time All-Atlantic Region Team honoree, Melius was also a member of two record-setting relay teams (Indoor 4x800 and Outdoor 4x800) at Slippery Rock. At the conclusion of his senior year, he was named to the PSAC Top-10 List for his accomplishments.
In 2015, he graduated Summa Cum Laude from Slippery Rock with a bachelor’s degree in Safety and Environmental Management and a minor in Spanish.
Melius holds a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification and an Endurance Specialist Certification through the USTFCCCA.