Brett Merritt enters his second season as pitching coach for College of Central Florida, and 12th overall as a collegiate coach.
In his inaugural campaign, CF clinched a conference championship for the first time in over 20 years. The Patriots also went from being un-ranked to No. 1 in the NJCAA during the 2019 season. CF ranked No. 1 in the FCSAA for nine weeks, and held a Top 5 national ranking for 10 of 11 weeks.
Before coming to CF, Merritt spent five seasons as the recruiting coordinator with NCAA Div. II Eastern New Mexico University. In his final two seasons, he was promoted to pitching coach and the Greyhounds shattered the record books. The pitching staff set team records for lowest earned run average, lowest opponent batting average, most strikeouts per game, fewest hits allowed, fewest runs allowed, fewest earned runs allowed, most strikeouts, fewest doubles allowed, fewest triples allowed, and highest pitcher fielding percentage.
Over the summer of 2017, Merritt served as the Head Coach of the Juno Beach Loggerheads in the inaugural season for the Collegiate League of the Palm Beaches. The Loggerheads took the league by storm and finished the regular season in first place.
Prior to ENMU, Merritt spent two seasons at NCAA Division I University of Toledo. While with the Rockets, Merritt helped Toledo capture its first MAC West Division title in school history. The Rockets' 19-8 (.704) MAC record equaled their best mark since the conference went to three-game series prior to the 2004 campaign. He worked with all aspects of the Toledo program, serving as bullpen and first base coach during games.
Over a twelve year span, Merritt has coached over 40 professional players, including first rounder Eric Arnett and current big-leaguers Alec Asher, Mallex Smith, Roberto Perez, Stefen Romero, Brian Moran and Ryan Yarbrough.
Merritt came to Toledo after spending two years as an assistant coach at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla. He was recruiting while assisting with all other aspects of the Saints' program, which spent a majority of his last season as the top ranked junior college squad in the country.
Prior Santa Fe, Merritt served as the pitching coach for Glens Falls in the New York Collegiate Baseball League from 2007-2009. The Eagles' pitching staff enjoyed great success under Merritt's tutelage, as they led the league in nearly every pitching category each of his three seasons.
Merritt also worked as an assistant coach at New Mexico Military Institute in Roswell, NM, Lake City Community College in Lake City, Fla., and Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio.
A native of Cleveland, OH, Merritt graduated from Urbana University with a degree in sport management and currently resides in Ocala, Fla.