Adrian Melendez served 5 seasons as the team's director of football operations (2007-11) and 7 seasons overall at Illinois (2005-11). He was responsible for coordinating the day-to-day operations for the entire football program, working closely with the coaching staff and DIA administration in all aspects of planning for Illini football including scheduling, budgeting, facilities, travel and game management.
Melendez spent his first two seasons at Illinois as the head athletic trainer for football. He came to Illinois after 13 seasons at the University of Florida.
In 1998, he was named the head athletic trainer for football for the Gators and was responsible for overseeing the football program and all aspects of athletics training. During his first six years at Flordia, Melendez worked as the athletic trainer for the men's and women's track and field teams. He began his career at Florida as a graduate assistant working with both track and football before being hired as a full-time athletic trainer.
The El Paso, Texas, native has served internships with the Houston Oilers and Dallas Cowboys. He also worked as head athletic trainer for the USA Track & Field Junior Olympic Championships in 1994, and the 1995, 1996 and 1997 Walt Disney World Marathons in Orlando. In 1997, he traveled as a therapist for then-world record holder and Olympic champion Donovan Bailey.