The Omaha Sports Academy: Melcher Coaches from Experience

Whether it’s making sure grades are kept up, giving rides to and from practice, occasionally providing a hot meal or being a stable influence, Melcher’s role goes beyond the title of coach.

He’s the guy that’s always cheering—even if he’s not coaching on the sidelines.

In a way, he’s the sixth man.

“I don’t rest on the positives,” Melcher said. “I expect it.”

Tough Time Making the Grade in College

A 1997 Omaha Bryan High School graduate, Melcher’s talent in football and basketball generated interest from the University of Nebraska-Kearney gridiron team. After a few years, his grades just weren’t cutting it, and he transferred to the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

“I missed just not being able to practice, to be on a team,” he said. “I always knew I wanted to teach, so I could be a coach. “

But, with one semester left, his pursuit of a degree ended with the bills adding up, a family to support, and a small business opportunity—Melcher did the math and traded his books for a new team of lawn-care professionals.

“It was great—I had winter’s off, which is basketball season, it just always worked out,” Melcher said. He looks the part of a coach. At first glance, he’s intimidating and has a baritone voice.

 But, he’s easy-going. His past experiences have led him to the rules he’s established for the OSA team, and every team he’s ever coached.

“I want to get as many kids as I can to get to college—not necessarily for basketball, but to college,” he said, no hesitation or showmanship in his voice. “When you’re that age, you don’t always listen to what an older person tells you. I can relate a bit more and tell them what I did.

“I have rules on my team—you have to turn in your grade and report cards and if you’re suspended twice from school, you are no longer on the team. Some quit, or get kicked off. You can’t control every decision they make, even if I just help out one kid, that’s what matters.”

Former Coach Agrees that Melcher Goes Above the Rim

Melcher describes himself as “passionate, loyal and trustworthy”—all attributes that can be reaffirmed by his colleague and mentor.

“Coach Melcher has impressed me as a person who now works to achieve the best for his student athletes. He stressed doing things the right way, encouraging young people to excel as people and as student athletes,” Omaha Bryan High School Boys Varsity Basketball Coach, Tim Cannon, stated on the OSA website.

More than Basketball

The son of Wayne and Lynn, Melcher spends Sundays not only with his wife Lindy, their two-year-old daughter and another child expected in July, but teaching the youth group at Wildwood Christian Church.

 It’s his knowledge of the Book of Ecclesiasticus that proves yet again, why he’s more than that jock that grew up wanting to coach.

“It’s about what you toil under the son—that when you die, it’s gone. All the things we have are meaningless,” he said. “These kids, they worry about clothes, cars—all that stuff. But in the end, it’s about what kind of person you are.”

Melcher is excited to be a part of the OSA team of coaches and is an outstanding example of a coach that goes beyond the basketball court.

Donald S. Cochran

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