Crestwood's Merritt inducted into OHSBCA Hall of Fame

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Record-Courier staff report

Former Crestwood High School baseball head coach Bob Merritt was recently announced as a 2013 inductee into the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches Association's Hall of Fame.

Merritt was one of four to be honored this year, alongside Len Taylor of Mentor High School, Mark Thompson of Elder High School and Dave Hall of Perrysburg High School.

Merritt began his coaching career at Caldwell High School, where he coached football, baseball and basketball. He spent four years at the school before moving to Crestwood High School, where he taught physical educaiton and coached baseball and football. As the Red Devils' baseball head coach he compiled a career record of 406-262 (.608). His coaching background also included 10 years coaching college football at Hiram College.

Currently, Merritt is in his third season as the pitching coach at Baldwin Wallace University.

Merritt graduated from Berea High School and earned his bachelor's degree at Miami University, where he played baseball for the RedHawks. In his junior and senior seasons, he was part of back-to-back Mid-American Conference championships, which were the first in school history. He later earned his master's degree from Xavier University.

As a coach, Merrit was named league Coach of the Year five times, Akron Touchdown Club Coach of the Year twice and coached the Mizuno All-Ohio Series two times.

Former players under Merritt that moved on to play college baseball totals 50, including Gatorade and Ohio Player of the Year Chuck Crowder (Georgia Tech/Colorado Rockies), Dave Oster (General Manager/Vice-President San Diego Padres-A), Adam Crowder (Kent State/All-American) and Brett Merritt (Urbana, University of Toledo assistant).

Merritt resides in Mantua with his wife Karen and daughter Brittany. Karen is a spanish professor at the University of Akron, while Brittany played softball and graduated from Northwood University in West Palm Beach, Fla., and is currently employed by the Cleveland Clinic.

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