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Wildcats Baseball Coach and Team Honored by B-CU President

May 30, 2007 

by Bryan Harvey

Bethune-Cookman University President, Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed, honored the 2007 Bethune-Cookman Baseball team on Tuesday afternoon with a special certificate of appreciation and dedication to Mervyl Melendez (B-CU Head Coach) and his team on their accomplishments throughout the 2007 season.

Read aloud by Director of Athletics, Lynn W. Thompson, the certificate showed President Reed’s acknowledgement of the B-CU Baseball squad finishing the regular season number one in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), as well as going on to win their conference-best 11th MEAC Tournament title.

“Anytime you are recognized by the President of your institution, it is an honor in itself,” stated Coach Melendez.  “We are glad that we made her [Dr. Reed] proud, and that has always been one of our goals as a team—to make the University and Dr. Reed very proud of what we do.”

B-CU’s President is prepared to hold a special party for the baseball team on Saturday night, hopefully in Tallahassee while they continue their stride towards the school’s first-ever NCAA Regional title in baseball.  The B-CU Softball squad collected the first Regional title in 2005 under then head coach Laura Watten [now head coach at the University of Maryland] at the Gainesville (Fla.) Regional.

“Anytime our administration recognizes the fantastic accomplishments of our staff and teams, we are grateful because I know how hard they work and how deserving they are of such awards,” added Lynn Thompson.

Bethune-Cookman will now face Florida State University on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Dick Howser Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.  The Wildcats enter the NCAA Regional as the #4 seed in the Tallahassee Regional, alongside Florida State (#1), Stetson (#2) and Mississippi State (#3).

For more information on the certificate of appreciation issued to Coach Melendez from B-CU President Dr. Trudie Kibbe Reed and/or the NCAA Regional, please call the B-CU Office of Sports Information at (386) 481-2206.

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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