Basketball Coach of the Year

Girls Basketball Coach of the Year
Posted on 07/27/2012
Merritt 200th winSalem's Steve Merritt is the Today's Sunbeam Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

March 22, 2012 10:43 p.m.

The Salem High School girls basketball team ended last season in an unusual position — with four starters returning, three of them seniors, but without a dominant scoring option or a true wealth of experience.

The team proved greater than the sum of its parts thanks to head coach Steve Merritt, who was able to maximize his players’ contributions to earn the No. 4 seed in South Jersey Group I as the only Salem County team to post a winning record for the season.

For guiding his team to a 17-10 record, for the first time without a star scorer since the Rams began their run of winning seven seasons ago, Merritt is the Today’s Sunbeam/News of Cumberland County Girls Basketball Coach of the Year.

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