NEWSLINE: WSU's Mele returns home to Jersey

IT'S A LONG way from Bridgewater, N.J. to Key West, Fla. to Pullman, Wash. But Washington State special teams coach Eric Mele reached out to Mike Leach five years ago, as chronicled in this article from, and it began with a letter.

It was like any other evening at the Mele household in 2011. Mele, at the time the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Wingate in North Carolina, sat in his living room in Charlotte with his wife and kids and began to ponder.

“If there was one guy I would want to work with and see how far I could take this coaching career, I think that guy would be Mike Leach,” Mele said.

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