Amanda Merritt enters her third season with West Virginia University rowing program. Merritt serves as the head novice coach, coordinates community service events and manages the team’s social media outlets.
In the 2014-15 season, West Virginia posted two top-five finishes in the Women’s Collegiate Novice 4+ event, earning a silver and bronze medal at the Head of the Occoquan in Fairfax Station, Virginia.
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.
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, was a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and was the recipient of the Golden Buckeye Award. Merritt served as a team captain on the Leadership Committee.
During her senior year, she rowed in the 2V8+ that won a gold medal at the Big 10 Championship, followed by a fourth-place finish in the Grand Final at the NCAA Championship.
In the 2009-10 season, Merritt rowed in the 2V8+ that claimed a bronze medal at the South/Central Region Sprints and the Big Ten Championship. That same boat placed 11th at the 2010 NCAA Championship. In the 2008-09 season, Merritt raced in the 2V4+ that won a gold medal in the Open Four category at the South/Central Region Sprints.
A native of Lucasville, Ohio, Merritt graduated from OSU in June 2011 with bachelor’s degrees in strategic communication and cultural studies.