KJ Coach of the Year: Winthrop's Jess Merrill

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KJ Coach of the Year: Winthrop's Jess Merrill

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:43 am

Kennebec Journal Field Hockey Coach of the Year
Jess Merrill guided Winthrop to Class C state title game.

...Now in her fifth year at Winthrop, Merrill has learned the game each step along the way. She played for legendary coach Moe McNally at Gardiner then coached Hall-Dale field hockey for three years. She found a home at Winthrop when she replaced long-time coach Sharon Coulton, who stayed on as her assistant. The two has combined to make a formidable coaching duo.

“She and coach Coulton are great,” Winthrop senior Kinli DiBiase said. “She has all the experience in the world. She knows each player individually and how to connect with us.”

DiBiase was the team’s lone senior and Merrill had no great expectations going into the season. She figured they might jell in October and make a playoff run. Things turned out be than expected. The Ramblers went unbeaten over their first 11 games, finished the regular season at 12-1-1 and winning the Mountain Valley Conference championship. For Merrill it was just another learning experience.

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