Merritt Joins Mountaineer Rowing Staff

  • By Jonathan Hevron
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  • August 01, 2013 11:50 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - West Virginia University rowing coach Jimmy King announced today the hiring of assistant coach, Amanda “Mandy” Merritt.

"Coach Merritt's primary coaching responsibility will be the development of our novice squad,” says King. “Her experiences as a novice rower, Big Ten champion, NCAA Championship competitor and volunteer coach for her alma mater will serve her and WVU very well."

Merritt joins the Mountaineers after spending the past two years at Ohio State University as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes’ rowing team.

While a volunteer assistant coach, Merritt oversaw on-campus recruiting and gave instruction on both water and land rowing technique.

Merritt recently served as a camp instructor for Buckeye Sports Camps, where she gave instruction on proper rowing form.

"Mandy has clearly demonstrated a commitment and work ethic to her vocation over the past two years,” King says. “The traits are among those we strive to instill in our team and value within our staff."

Prior to coaching at OSU, Merritt was a three-time varsity letterwinner for the Buckeyes’ rowing team. She garnered Academic All-Big Ten accolades on three occasions and was the recipient of the Golden Buckeye Award. Merritt served as the team captain and was a member of the Leadership Committee.

Merritt graduated from OSU in June 2011 with bachelor degrees in strategic communication and cultural studies.