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Patrick Merrill

General Manager & Head Coach
Patrick Merrill

Patrick Merrill will lead the Seals for his third season after being named the first general manager and head coach in San Diego Seals history on April 3, 2018.

In his first year, Merrill led the Seals to a 10-8 finish, good for second in the West Division. The Seals clinched a home playoff berth on April 19, 2019 with a 12-7 win over the Colorado Mammoth. Merrill was a finalist for the NLL’s 2019-20 General Manager of the Year award.

During Merrill’s sophomore season, the team finished with a 6-6 record with Merrill at the helm. The Seals won five-straight games before the season halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Merrill, 39, spent 15 years as a defender in the National Lacrosse League. The Orangeville, Ontario native was the first-overall pick in the 2002 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. He played in 194 games in the league, registering 18 goals, 65 assists, 570 penalty minutes and 818 face-off wins.

Merrill won two Minto Cups (Canadian Junior ‘A’ national championship) in three seasons as the head coach of the Six Nations Arrows. A co-founder and coach at The Hill Academy (Ontario), a perennial lacrosse powerhouse, Merrill claims multiple (U.S.) national titles to his resumé.

A graduate of Mercyhurst College, Merrill won three NLL titles and four Mann Cup championships (Canadian Senior ‘A’ national) as a player.

At the international level, he was part of Team Canada’s silver-medal-winning team at the 2010 World Field Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England. A year later, he brought home the gold at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

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