Coach Bio

Tom Melvin
Tight Ends

Biography

Tom Melvin enters his fourth season as Kansas City’s tight ends coach and is beginning his 18th season as an NFL assistant coach in 2016.

Under Melvin's leadership, TE Travis Kelce has solidified himself as an elite tight end. After spending his rookie season on IR, Kelce was one of the best tight ends from 2014-15. Kelce ranked fourth among tight ends with 1,737 receiving yards while ranking first with 1,045 yards after the catch the past two seasons. Kelce earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2015 following a season where he recorded 72 catches for 875 yards and five touchdowns. 

Melvin has produced well-rounded tight ends including the development of Demetrius Harris. Harris entered the league in 2014 after playing college basketball at UW-Milwaukee. In Harris' second season with the club, he recorded seven catches for 74 yards and one touchdown. 

Prior to joining the Chiefs in 2013, Melvin spent 14 seasons on the offensive coaching staff in Philadelphia, including the last 11 years of his tenure as the Eagles tight ends coach. Prior to being elevated to tight ends coach, Melvin was the club’s offensive assistant/quality control coach.

In his time overseeing the tight ends in Philadelphia, Melvin played a key role in the development of Brent Celek, who caught 280 passes for 3,472 yards and 20 touchdowns in his six-year career playing for Melvin and the Eagles. Celek ranked second on the Eagles squad for the second straight season with 57 receptions after hauling in 62 in 2011. He had 684 receving yards in 2012 after registering 811 yards in 2011 with six touchdowns in the past two seasons.

In 2011, Celek topped all NFL tight ends with an average of 8.1 yards after the catch. Celek turned in one of the finest seasons ever by an Eagles tight end in 2009 with 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns.

Melvin joined the Eagles after an eight-year stint at Occidental College, where he served as the school’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In 1993, he led the Tigers to a then school record 326 points and 2,526 rushing yards on the way to an 8-1 record.

Prior to his time at Occidental, he served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at the University of California—Santa Barbara. At UCSB, Melvin directed the nation’s fifth-ranked offense in 1989 while coaching five All-America selections.

From 1982-83, Melvin played on the offensive line at San Francisco State University. During the 1983 season, his position coach at SFSU was current Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid.

Following his playing career at San Francisco State, Melvin began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, serving on the same staff with Reid. He then moved on to Northern Arizona, where he mentored TE Shawn Collins, a first-round draft pick of Atlanta in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Melvin attended Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, Calif. Today, he holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from San Francisco State and a master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Arizona.

Melvin’s cousin, Bob Melvin, is a former major league catcher and current manager of the Oakland Athletics.

Education: ­San Francisco State University (B.A. 1984, M.E. 1987). Born: Redwood City, Calif. Family: Wife - Kathy; Children - Justin, Joshua, J.T., Heather; Granddaughter - Haylee.

Tom Melvin enters his fourth season as Kansas City’s tight ends coach and is beginning his 18th season as an NFL assistant coach in 2016.

Under Melvin's leadership, TE Travis Kelce has solidified himself as an elite tight end. After spending his rookie season on IR, Kelce was one of the best tight ends from 2014-15. Kelce ranked fourth among tight ends with 1,737 receiving yards while ranking first with 1,045 yards after the catch the past two seasons. Kelce earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2015 following a season where he recorded 72 catches for 875 yards and five touchdowns. 

Melvin has produced well-rounded tight ends including the development of Demetrius Harris. Harris entered the league in 2014 after playing college basketball at UW-Milwaukee. In Harris' second season with the club, he recorded seven catches for 74 yards and one touchdown. 

Prior to joining the Chiefs in 2013, Melvin spent 14 seasons on the offensive coaching staff in Philadelphia, including the last 11 years of his tenure as the Eagles tight ends coach. Prior to being elevated to tight ends coach, Melvin was the club’s offensive assistant/quality control coach.

In his time overseeing the tight ends in Philadelphia, Melvin played a key role in the development of Brent Celek, who caught 280 passes for 3,472 yards and 20 touchdowns in his six-year career playing for Melvin and the Eagles. Celek ranked second on the Eagles squad for the second straight season with 57 receptions after hauling in 62 in 2011. He had 684 receving yards in 2012 after registering 811 yards in 2011 with six touchdowns in the past two seasons.

In 2011, Celek topped all NFL tight ends with an average of 8.1 yards after the catch. Celek turned in one of the finest seasons ever by an Eagles tight end in 2009 with 76 receptions for 971 yards and eight touchdowns.

Melvin joined the Eagles after an eight-year stint at Occidental College, where he served as the school’s offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. In 1993, he led the Tigers to a then school record 326 points and 2,526 rushing yards on the way to an 8-1 record.

Prior to his time at Occidental, he served as the offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at the University of California—Santa Barbara. At UCSB, Melvin directed the nation’s fifth-ranked offense in 1989 while coaching five All-America selections.

From 1982-83, Melvin played on the offensive line at San Francisco State University. During the 1983 season, his position coach at SFSU was current Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid.

Following his playing career at San Francisco State, Melvin began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, serving on the same staff with Reid. He then moved on to Northern Arizona, where he mentored TE Shawn Collins, a first-round draft pick of Atlanta in the 1989 NFL Draft.

Melvin attended Cubberley High School in Palo Alto, Calif. Today, he holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education from San Francisco State and a master’s degree in educational administration from Northern Arizona.

Melvin’s cousin, Bob Melvin, is a former major league catcher and current manager of the Oakland Athletics.

Education: ­San Francisco State University (B.A. 1984, M.E. 1987). Born: Redwood City, Calif. Family: Wife - Kathy; Children - Justin, Joshua, J.T., Heather; Granddaughter - Haylee.