Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lyndhurst Native, Hoops Coach Melleno Is Mourned

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Lyndhurst Native, Hoops Coach Melleno Is Mourned

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Teacher and coach Gene Melleno, who grew up in Lyndhurst, died Jan. 1 after a battle with leukemia. Melleno had coached girls basketball at Madison for the past six years.

Melleno was a physical and driver's education teacher at Cranford until retiring in 2016. He coached football, baseball, tennis and basketball at Brearley, Cranford and Madison.

Melleno's basketball teams had earned more than 300 victories.

"First and foremost, he was a gentleman," Madison athletic director Sean Dowling said. "He did things the right way. He put teaching the core values ahead of winning, trying to teach basketball. He was a good game coach. He always put his kids in the best position to win the game. We may not have had the most talent, but we always competed well. …

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