The 2011 season marked Melvin Jones' fifth as an assistant track coach at Pepperdine. He is regarded an outstanding sprint and hurdles coach and has worked with runners of all levels, from high school to professionals.
Jones and head coach Robert Radnoti helped their student-athletes break several varsity records this past spring thanks to the addition of newcomers Summer Enalen and Natasha Hamlin. Enalen broke a four-year-old varsity record in the 100m hurdles with her time of 15.84 at the Northridge Relays, while Hamlin combined with veterans Amanda Ajdari, Brittany Clark and Bridgette Walker to lower marks in the 4x100m (48.22) and 4x200m (1:44.57) relays.
Walker also broke her own record in the 400m with a time of 57.63 at UC Irvine.
Jones, who also works as a physical activities specialist in the Santa Monica Unified School District, has previously served as the head track coach at San Marino High School and as an assistant coach at San Gabriel High School and Alta Loma High School.
From 2001-05 he was a professional coach for Speed Koncept Track Club, where he worked with sprinters and hurdlers on the Olympic development level. He also once served as the head coach for the Altadena Flyers Track Club. In 2005, he served an internship with the Center for Athletic Performance and assisted with the speed development and strength and conditioning of athletes in team sports.
Jones is a USA Track and Field Level II Certified Coach and is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA.
He holds a bachelor's degree in physical education/exercise science from Cal State Los Angeles.