But somehow, Melbon felt that wasn't enough to land the job with the Sea Kings. Somehow what seemed like a perfect fit never amounted to the news Melbon wanted to hear.
"I feel very disappointed," Melbon said Friday morning. "CdM is a place I've always dreamed being at [as a head coach]. I felt it was perfect timing for me to be there."
Scott Meyer, who had coached at Long Beach Jordan for six seasons and worked as the defensive coordinator at Long Beach Wilson this past fall, told the Daily Pilot he was CdM's new football coach Thursday morning. The school introduced Meyer to the players later in the day.
Melbon followed the news, just as he always has because the school will always be close to his heart.
He stepped down as coach of Dana Hills in November because he had said he wanted to start a family with his wife. He wanted to take at least a year off away from the game, but he said when he saw the CdM opening he wanted to return to coaching because he had always wanted to coach the Sea Kings.
He knew if he could get the job he would stay there. He produced success at Dana Hills, where he compiled an 18-14 record. In 1991, he guided the Dolphins to their playoff win since 1991, as they beat Orange Lutheran.
Meyer talked about wanting to beat Newport Harbor when he was introduced Thursday. Melbon did that in 2009, when Dana Hills beat the Sailors, 41-7.
Melbon wanted to bring that type of magic to CdM. He felt good about his interview that took place March 24 and lasted for about 30 minutes. But he later realized he didn't knock it out of the park like Meyer must have.
"I felt we were right for each other and that it would be a great fit," said Melbon, a P.E. teacher at Dana Hills. "But I wish the best for them. I want [Meyer] to do well and I'm sure he'll do well."