Mel McCain put
together one of the most dominant teams to play in the
Northwest during the mid-60's going unbeaten through 33
consecutive games on both US and Canadian soil, the longest streak for one head coach.
Warriors would win back-to-back North Pacific Football
League titles in 1964 and 1965 before Lafa Lane purchased the team
and renamed it the Seattle Ramblers for the 1966 season.
Finishing 10-0 with another league title and PFL Coach of
the Year honor, McCain braced for
a major step up in competition as Lane had lofty goals for a
professional franchise in the Seattle area.
The Ramblers became
the Rangers in the 1967 Continental Football League and the
players became professionals. McCain's win streak
would be ended on September 2 by the Victoria Steelers, and
a mid season slide through the tough California part of the
schedule and an 8-6 record brought the displeasure of Lane
who wanted an immediate champion. In 1968, the Rangers
split with cross-state rival Spokane and at the end of a 7-5
campaign, McCain was fired.
McCain was a QB at
Ballard HS leading them to an undefeated season and state
championship in 1951 and with the University of Washington
(1953-1955). Played QB for the "original" Seattle Ramblers
from 1960-61 before embarking on a coaching career with the
newly formed Edmonds Warriors. As quarterback of the
Ramblers, McCain lost only 1 game he played in while the
team was 18-2 during that span.
An undefeated state
champion in high school, undefeated season as QB of the
Ramblers and 3-time undefeated league champion as a head
coach solidified his status as a Legend of the Game in
Northwest minor league football.
Mel was inducted
into the Pacific Northwest Hall of Fame in 2008.