Shawnee State Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Roger Merb will enter his 28th season at the helm of the golf program at SSU in the 2015-16 academic year. In addition to his Hall of Fame status at Shawnee State, Merb was also inducted as a member of the Portsmouth High School Hall of Fame in 2010. In total, Merb has been inducted into five Hall of Fame classes during his athletic career as a player and coach.
In the spring of 1989, Merb began Shawnee State's golf program and has been the coach ever since. One of his most memorable seasons on record came during 1997 when the Bears won the Mid-Ohio Conference Championship. He was named MOC Coach of the Year during that season.
The 1959 Portsmouth High School graduate was a captain and MVP in football, basketball and baseball during his career as a Trojan. As a senior, he earned All-Ohio status in football and basketball and accumulated a batting average over .600 in baseball.
Merb continued his playing career at Ohio University. As a freshman, he was a three-sport athlete participating in football, basketball, and baseball. During his sophomore season, Merb was quarterback for the national championship football team and hit .412 in baseball. He continued his football and baseball careers during his junior and senior seasons and played in the 1963 Sun Bowl Game. He graduated with a bachelor's degree from Ohio University in 1963. The following year, he obtained his master's degree from OU.
Merb was also the head football coach at Defiance College from 1967-1970. He compiled a record of 30-6 and captured three conference championships, including one undefeated season. During his tenure, he accumulated an 18-game winning streak. In that time, this was the longest winning streak in the nation. He was inducted into the Defiance College Hall of Fame in 1986 as a coach.
In 1972, he returned to his alma mater, Portsmouth High School, as head football coach for two seasons.
Altogether, he has been a college coach for nearly 50 years. He was also a high school football official for over 35 years and is a member of the OHSAA Official's Hall of Fame.
Merb resides in Proctorville, Ohio with his wife, Connie.