Amanda Merritt enters her second season at the helm of the West Virginia University rowing program. While at WVU, Merritt services as the head novice coach, coordinates community service events and manages the team’s social media outlets.
In the 2013-14 season, the Novice Fours earned a silver and bronze medal at the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax, Virginia. In addition, the Novice 8+ advanced to the Grand Final and earned a bronze medal at the Knecht Cup.
Merritt spent two years at Ohio State as a volunteer assistant coach for the Buckeyes’ rowing team. At OSU, Merritt aided in on-campus recruiting and gave instruction on both water and land rowing technique. Merritt also served as a camp instructor for Buckeye Sports Camps, where she gave instruction on proper rowing form.
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 a team captain on the Leadership Committee. In her senior year, she rowed in the 2v8+ that finished fourth in the Grand Final at the NCAA Championships.
A native of Lucasville, Ohio, Merritt graduated from OSU in June 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in strategic communication and cultural studies.