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Steve Merriman completed the first season of his third stint on the Michigan baseball coaching staff as the team's pitching coach in 2012.
Merriman guided a Wolverine pitching staff in 2012 that included Brandon Sinnery, who pitched 101.1 innings (tied for fourth in U-M single-season history) and pitched five complete games on the season. He also coached Bobby Brosnahan, who signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in June.
Merriman spent six seasons as the pitching coach in the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks organizations. With the Mets, Merriman was the instructional league pitching coach from 2004-06 and the rehab pitching coordinator in 2006. He also served as a Major League bullpen coach during Mets spring training games and was a pitching coach for the Brooklyn Cyclones of the New York-Penn League. With Arizona, Merriman served as the pitching coach of the Missoula Osprey of the Pioneer League and worked with the team's extended spring training camp. He also spent time as an associate scout for the Colorado Rockies (2002-04) and was a bullpen catcher and bullpen practice pitcher for the Detroit Tigers (1996-99).
No stranger to the University of Michigan, Merriman will begin his third stint as a member of the Wolverine coaching staff. He was the hitting coach during the 1995 season, when he also worked with the catchers and base running. Merriman then was the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator in 2002. He worked with the catchers and was responsible for the coordination of the team defense.
Merriman was the head coach of Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich., from 1999-2001, where he led the Monarchs to back-to-back regional finals, had five players picked in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft and directed more than 90 percent of eligible players to four-year institutions. He also served as the pitching coach at the University of Toledo in 1996.
Merriman graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor's of science in education in 1991. He earned a master's of education in sports administration from Wayne State University in 1997.
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