Kayla Merrill enters her fourth season as an assistant coach with the Husson softball team in 2019.
Since joining the coaching staff prior to the 2016 season, Merrill has helped guide the Husson softball program to two winning seasons with a combined 66-53 (.555) record and a 24-8 mark in conference play with two North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Regular Season titles, a NAC Championship and a berth to the NCAA Tournament, while coaching one Conference Rookie of the Year, one Conference Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, one Conference Pitcher of the Year, one Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) New England Rookie of the Year, and 13 All-Conference, three Conference All-Sportsmanship, one Conference Tournament MVP, seven Conference All-Tournament Team, 16 Conference All-Academic, one College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England, two All-ECAC selections and three Eagle Award winners.
Prior to joining the Eagle coaching staff, Merrill was a four-year letterwinner for the Eagles as a pitcher/infielder from 2012-15. She helped guide the team to four-straight NAC regular season and tournament titles and was named Player of the Year in 2014 and Player and Pitcher of the Year in 2015, becoming the first player in league history to win both awards in the same season and twice be named Player of the Year.
Merrill was an All-NAC choice in 2014 and 2015 and a ECAC All-New England honoree in 2014. A senior captain, Merrill was named to the NAC All-Tournament Team in 2014 and 2015 and was picked as the Tournament MVP in 2014.
Merrill combined with Amanda Ryan to throw a perfect game on April 17, 2013 vs. Maine Maritime Academy, the fourth perfect game in program history and first in the school’s NCAA era. She also combined to throw a no-hitter on April 1, 2015 with Alannah Healy vs. UMaine-Farmington and pitched a no-hitter with five shutout innings on April 15, 2015 vs. UMaine-Farmington.
In 146 career games, Merrill batted .378 with 13 homers, 90 RBIs, 151 hits, 118 runs scored, 19 doubles, eight triples and 45 walks. She ranks in the top 25 in school history in games played, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, triples, home runs, RBIs, walks, sacrifices, stolen bases, extra base hits, total bases, batting average, slugging percentage (.563), on-base percentage (.441) and on-base plus slugging percentage (1.003).
In 68 appearances in the circle with 47 starts, Merrill pitched 332.0 innings with a win-loss record of 39-11, 33 complete games, 12 shutouts and 244 strikeouts and posted a 2.02 ERA, and a 1.11 WHIP, while only allowing 0.97 walks per 7 innings. She She struck out 5.14 batters per 7 innings and held her opponents to a .250 average. Merrill tossed a school-record three no-hitters, including a perfect game, is the program’s all-time career leader in WHIP, and is tied for the lead for most career saves (3). She ranks in the top 25 in appearances, games started, strikeouts, wins, complete games, shutouts, lowest ERA, lowest hits per 7 (6.80), and lowest walks per 7.
Merrill holds the single-season records for homers with nine and total bases with 101, while producing the second most RBI’s with 45 in 2014 - the most RBI’s by player since 1994.
Durning her senior season she set the single-game record for assists with 11 at Castleton on April 15, 2015, recorded the second longest hitting streak of 17, while producing the first sub 1.00 WHIP (0.99) in 18 years and shattered the NCAA era single-season record for most punch-outs with 114.
Merrill earned a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Husson in 2016.
A native of Bethel, Maine, Merrill attended Telstar Regional High School.