Men's Basketball Head Coach Josh Merkel resigns

Men's Basketball Head Coach Josh Merkel resigns

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University athletics department has announced that men's basketball Head Coach Josh Merkel has resigned to take over the head coaching position at Randolph-Macon College.

Merkel, a Salisbury alumnus, returned to the Sea Gulls before the 2011-12 season and has spent the past four seasons at the helm for the Gulls. He has posted a .617 winning percentage in the span with a 66-41 record, including a 37-25 clip in Capital Athletic Conference play.

Under Merkel's tutelage, the Sea Gulls have made the CAC tournament each of the past three seasons, while the team won the program's second conference championship and first since the 1995-96 season this past season. Leading the Gulls to their first 20-win season since the 1996-97 campaign, Salisbury finished 2014-15 with a 21-8 record and a program-record 14 conference wins, while advancing to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time since 1996-97.

"We thank Josh Merkel for his contributions to the men's basketball program during his time as the head coach," Salisbury Director of Athletics Dr. Michael Vienna said. "He has done an outstanding job in leading and mentoring our student-athletes. We wish him all the best in his future endeavors."

The national search for Merkel's replacement will begin immediately.

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