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Matt Myers added to Western Kentucky Coaching Staff

FROM CBD NEWS SOURCE
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Western Kentucky University head baseball coach Matt Myers announced Tuesday the addition of Jeff Mercer as the volunteer assistant coach with the Hilltoppers for the upcoming season.

“Over the past few years I have heard great things about WKU baseball, with a couple guys from my hometown having played here recently,” Mercer said. “When the opportunity arose to coach here, I felt it was something I couldn’t pass up and I jumped at the chance. There’s little doubt with the success the program has had and with the direction of Coach Myers and the rest of the staff, there’s a lot of wins in the program’s future. I’m very fortunate to be here and looking forward to the opportunity to be part of WKU baseball.”

Mercer comes to WKU after serving as the volunteer assistant coach at Michigan last season. Mercer will assist with the pitchers and outfielders as well as assisting with camps.

While serving as the volunteer assistant with the Wolverines in 2011, Mercer worked with the catchers and outfielders. Mercer spent the 2010 season as the graduate assistant coach at Ohio Northern University where he was in charge of the infielders and hitters and was the recruiting coordinator.

“I am really excited about the addition of Jeff Mercer and what he brings to our staff,” Myers said. “With his coaching experience at Michigan and playing days at Wright State, he has knowledge that will help both our returning players and our newcomers. He will be a great asset to the Hilltopper baseball program.”

As native of Bargersville, Ind., Mercer played two seasons at the University of Dayton before transferring to Wright State where he was a two-time First-Team All-Horizon League honoree as a first baseman. He was named to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American Third Team and the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2009 after hitting .357 with 26 doubles and 74 RBIs. He was also named to the Horizon League All-Tournament team and tied the Wright State single-season records for RBIs, doubles, games played and games started.

Mercer earned a degree in organizational leadership from Wright State in 2009.