Randy Melvin

Randy Melvin
Sport(s) American football
Current position
Title Defensive line coach
Team Purdue
Conference Big Ten
Annual salary $275,000[1]
Biographical details
Born (1959-04-03) April 3, 1959
Aurora, Illinois
Alma mater Eastern Illinois University
Playing career
1978-81 Eastern Illinois
Position(s) Defensive Lineman
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1982 Urbana (OH) H.S. (ASST)
1983–1984 West Aurora (IL) H.S. (ASST)
1985–1987 West Aurora (IL) H.S.
1988–1994 Eastern Illinois (DL)
1995–1996 Wyoming (DT)
1997–1999 Purdue (DE)
2000–2001 New England Patriots (DL)
2002–2004 Rutgers (DL)
2005–2008 Cleveland Browns (DL)
2009 Temple (DL)
2010 Rutgers (DL)
2011 BC Lions (DL)
2012–2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers (DL)
2014 FIU (DL)
2015 Miami (FL) (DL)
2016–present Purdue (DL)

Randy Melvin (born April 3, 1959) is an American football defensive line coach for the Purdue Boilermakers football program.

Playing career

High school

Melvin attended Aurora West High School in Aurora, Illinois and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1994.


Melvin attended Eastern Illinois University, where he played football as a defensive lineman from 1978 to 1981. He earned his Master's degree from the school in 1993 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1995.

Coaching career

High school

Melvin began his coaching career at Urbana High School an assistant coach in 1982. He then returned to his alma mater Aurora West High School as an assistant coach from 1983 to 1984 before being named their head coach for 1985, a position he held through 1987.


In 1988, Melvin entered the college coaching ranks at his alma mater Eastern Illinois University as their defensive line coach. After seven seasons with Eastern Illinois, he left for the University of Wyoming to be their defensive tackles coach for the 1995 and 1996 seasons. From 1997 through 1999, Melvin served as Purdue University's defensive ends coach. He returned to college coaching in 2002 as the defensive line coach at Rutgers University. After three seasons with the team, he returned to the professional ranks.


New England Patriots

For their 1995 training camp, Melvin worked with the Denver Broncos as part of the NFL's minority coaching fellowship program. He participated in this program for the next two years as well with the New York Jets, the second of which, 1997, was spent while Bill Belichick was the Jets' assistant head coach. When Belichick left the Jets in 2000 to serve as the New England Patriots' head coach, Melvin was hired as Belichick's defensive line coach. In his second and final season with the team in 2001, Melvin earned his first Super Bowl ring by winning Super Bowl XXXVI.

Cleveland Browns

After Melvin's former defensive coordinator with the Patriots Romeo Crennel was hired as the Browns' head coach in 2005, Melvin rejoined the NFL coaching ranks as the Browns' defensive line coach.

Return to College

After the Browns' 4-12 2008 season both General Manager Phil Savage and head coach Romeo Crennel were fired. Melvin returned to the college ranks to coach the Temple Owls' defensive line for the 2009 season. After a successful season at Temple which saw the Owls reach a bowl for the first time since 1979, Melvin rejoined Greg Schiano at Rutgers University for the 2010 season as defensive line coach.


BC Lions

On June 1, 2011, it was announced that Melvin had accepted the position of defensive line coach with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League.[2]

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Melvin was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive line coach from 2012 to 2013.

Return to Purdue

On December 31, 2015, Melvin returned to Purdue University as the defensive line coach for Darrell Hazell.[3]


  1. Nathan Baird (January 6, 2016). "Ohio receiver commits to Purdue". www.jconline.com. West Lafayette Journal & Courier. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
  2. http://www.bclions.com/article/randy-melvin-joins-lions-coaching-staff Randy Melvin joins Lions coaching staff
  3. "Purdue names Randy Melvin defensive line coach". www.wlfi.com. Primeland LLC. December 31, 2015. Retrieved December 31, 2015.
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