Mark Melancon currently serves as the men’s head soccer coach, world history teacher, as well as the bass (fishing) club moderator. He is in his 19th year of teaching at Bishop Lynch, and 20th as soccer coach for the men’s team.
Mark is an ’83 alumnus, lettering in soccer, and also playing tennis and cross country while at Bishop Lynch. What Mark enjoys the most about being a teacher at his alma mater is being able to see children of former alumni walking through the halls of Lynch as students. The bond that Mark has for the school and the community is what brought him back to teach at Lynch.
The soccer program has been very successful under Mark’s guidance, winning the TAPPS State Championship six times in 96, 97, 2000, 02, 04 and 2010. The program hopes to make it a seventh year in 2015. Not only does Mark have a passion for soccer, he also has a passion for fishing…..from a kayak. That is why he started and has maintained the Bass Club for four years now. His hobbies also include playing soccer, coaching, hanging out with his two daughters who are 9 and 11, reading (especially books on history), magic, fishing, dancing (especially salsa and country western) with his wife of 12 years, Lyz.
Mark is a true believer in PURTH, an acronym for Patience, Understanding, Respect, Tolerance and Honesty. He makes sure that his classroom has an atmosphere that is conducive to learning, mixed with a little humor. What better way to learn history then to make it fun for everyone, as well as teaching about life lessons.
Mark graduated from Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas, in 1988. He also received his teaching certification at MSU in Composite Social Studies in 1990. Mark played soccer for three years at MSU where he was the leading goal scorer his junior and senior years. After graduating in 1988 with a BBA, and minor in Management, Mark went back again to become a teacher. Mark has also played semi-pro indoor soccer with the Amarillo Challengers and pro soccer with the Tyler (and later Texas) Lightning. In Mark’s spare time, he coaches club soccer with the FC Dallas Youth Soccer Club. He works with the FC Dallas East which include the 00 Boys East and the 03 Boys East. Mark also does private lessons as well as works clinics with his skills classes called 50firstmoves.
Mark is blessed to have been awarded the Catholic Work of Heart Award, Teacher of the Month twice, and was inducted into the Bishop Lynch Sports Honor Roll.