Sat, Nov/10 Final
79 Arcadia
85 vs. Salisbury
Fri, Nov/16 Final
78 DeSales
85 vs. Johns Hopkins
Fri, Nov/16 Final
73 Lancaster Bible
92 at Salisbury
Sat, Nov/17 Final
80 DeSales
68 vs. Lancaster Bible
Sat, Nov/17 Final
69 No. 15 Johns Hopkins
78 at Salisbury
Tue, Nov/20 Final
55 Salisbury
52 at Va. Wesleyan
Mon, Nov/26 Final
68 Salisbury
62 at Washington (Md.)
Wed, Nov/28 Final
71 Goucher
101 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Dec/01 Final
96 Salisbury
94 at St. Mary's (Md.)
Wed, Dec/05 Final - OT
67 Salisbury
65 at Marymount (Va.)
Sun, Dec/09 Final - OT
89 Wesley
91 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Dec/22 Final
76 Salisbury
97 at Rowan
Sat, Dec/29 Final
82 No. 22 Salisbury
63 at Springfield
Sun, Dec/30 Final
71 No. 16 Nichols
78 vs. No. 22 Salisbury
Sat, Jan/05 Final
65 Penn St.-Harrisburg
78 vs. No. 22 Salisbury
Wed, Jan/09 Final
70 No. 19 Salisbury
84 at Mary Washington
Sat, Jan/12 Final
86 No. 19 Salisbury
84 at Southern Virginia
Wed, Jan/16 Final
90 York (Pa.)
75 vs. No. 24 Salisbury
Sat, Jan/19 Final
97 Frostburg State
86 vs. No. 24 Salisbury
Wed, Jan/23 Final
64 Salisbury
67 at No. 15 Chris. Newport
Sat, Jan/26 Final
77 St. Mary's (Md.)
97 vs. Salisbury
Wed, Jan/30 Final
66 Mary Washington
79 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/02 Final
87 Salisbury
80 at Penn St.-Harrisburg
Wed, Feb/06 Final
82 Salisbury
83 at York (Pa.)
Sat, Feb/09 Final
75 Southern Virginia
84 vs. Salisbury
Wed, Feb/13 Final
91 Chris. Newport
74 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/16 Final
90 Salisbury
83 at Frostburg State
Tue, Feb/19 Final - OT
76 CAC No. 5 Frostburg St.
78 vs. CAC No. 4 Salisbury
Thu, Feb/21 Final
71 CAC No. 4 Salisbury
87 at CAC No. 1 Chris. Newport
Fri, Mar/01 Final
61 Salisbury
75 vs. Baldwin Wallace
Sat, Nov/09 Final
106 Salisbury
68 vs. Rosemont
Sun, Nov/10 Final
72 Salisbury
76 at Arcadia
Tue, Nov/12 Final
74 Salisbury
62 at Stockton
Sat, Nov/16 Final
79 Yeshiva
71 vs. Salisbury
Wed, Nov/20 Final
73 Marymount (Va.)
68 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Nov/23 Final
66 Salisbury
47 at Goucher
Tue, Nov/26 Final
78 Va. Wesleyan
64 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Nov/30 Final
70 Salisbury
71 at Carnegie Mellon
Sun, Dec/01 Final
69 Salisbury
75 vs. Brockport
Thu, Dec/05 Final - OT
96 Salisbury
92 at Cabrini
Sun, Dec/08 Final - OT
99 Salisbury
101 at Wesley
Fri, Dec/20 Final
84 Rowan
74 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Dec/28 Final
88 Salisbury
80 vs. Marietta
Sun, Dec/29 Final - OT
82 Ohio Wesleyan
80 vs. Salisbury
Wed, Jan/08 Final
61 Apprentice School
66 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Jan/11 Final
78 Salisbury
75 at Southern Virginia
Wed, Jan/15 Final
65 Mary Washington
75 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Jan/18 Final
68 St. Mary's (Md.)
65 vs. Salisbury
Sat, Jan/25 4:00 PM
Chris. Newport
vs. Salisbury
Wed, Jan/29 7:00 PM
at York (Pa.)
Sat, Feb/01 4:00 PM
at St. Mary's (Md.)
Wed, Feb/05 7:00 PM
York (Pa.)
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/08 3:00 PM
Southern Virginia
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/15 4:00 PM
at Chris. Newport
Wed, Feb/19 7:00 PM
at Mary Washington
Sat, Feb/22 TBA
vs. Salisbury
Wed, Feb/26 TBA
vs. Salisbury
Sat, Feb/29 TBA
vs. Salisbury
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Josh Merkel

Josh Merkel

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    Salisbury, '01

Salisbury University Head Coach Josh Merkel enters his fourth season leading the men's basketball team in 2014-15.

In 2013-14, Merkel guided the Sea Gulls to a 14-12 record and an appearance in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. Salisbury finished with a 9-7 record in league play and hosted a first-round conference tournament matchup.

In his second season in 2012-13, Merkel led SU to a 19-8 overall record, including a 9-3 mark in the CAC. Salisbury advanced to the conference semifinals and hosted a tournament game for the first time since the 2000-01 season, when Merkel was a Salisbury senior.

For the second straight season, the Sea Gulls knocked off No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan College, 76-67, on Dec. 17. Salisbury also won the 15th annual Tip-Off Tournament at Lycoming College and the GU Holiday Classic at Gallaudet University.

Senior Travon Vann was named to the All-CAC first team while junior Tim Harwood earned second team honors. Vann also was the first SU player to claim all-region recognition from as he was picked for the All-Middle Atlantic Second Team.

In his first season at the helm, Merkel guided the Sea Gulls to 12-13 overall with a 5-11 mark in the Capital Athletic Conference. Merkel's Sea Gulls earned arguably one the biggest wins in program history on Nov. 22, 2012 with a 68-56 home victory over then-No. 1 Virginia Wesleyan College. The win capped a season-opening four-game winning steak, which began with SU defeating Stevenson University, Frostburg State University and Johns Hopkins to claim the school's first Pride of Maryland Tournament championship.

Merkel was named the sixth head coach in Salisbury history on May 10, 2011.

A 2001 graduate of Salisbury University, Merkel was a four-year letter winner on the men's basketball team playing in 98 games while averaging 9.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. During his senior year, as team captain, Merkel started in 24 games, playing 33.5 minutes and scoring 13.6 points. With Merkel on the team, the Sea Gulls posted a 55-47 record.

“I am extremely excited and eager to return to Salisbury University as head basketball coach,” Merkel said. “I am humbled and grateful for the belief placed in me by Dr. Vienna and the committee. The opportunity to lead a championship-caliber basketball program at Salisbury is what I consider to be the opportunity of a lifetime.”

Merkel spent the 2004-05 season as a graduate assistant coach at West Virginia University, making a trip to the Elite 8 as the Mountaineers climbed as high as No. 12 in the national rankings before gaining his first collegiate head coaching job.

Merkel spent five seasons on the bench as an assistant at Division I Eastern Kentucky University. During Merkel’s final four years with the Colonels (2006-10), the program put up its most wins in a four-season stretch (73) and made an NCAA tournament appearance after winning the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in 2007, taking on the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.

Merkel spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon College, where he helped lead the team to a 25-5 overall record, including the 2011 Old Dominion Athletic Conference tournament championship and a share of the regular-season title. Randolph-Macon also advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament this season.

Coach Merkel News
8/30/12 Merkel to join Coach Wood at Varsity Club Luncheon this week
5/10/11 Josh Merkel named sixth men’s basketball head coach in program history


Year     Record     CAC     Highlight
2011-12     12-13     5-11    
2012-13     19-8     9-3     CAC Semifinals
2013-14     14-12     9-7     CAC First Round
Totals     45-33     23-21     2 CAC Tournament Appearances