Kim Merb enters her second season as an assistant coach at Marshall. Merb, who has 15 years experience in the softball arena including seven in coaching and player management, comes to Marshall via Shawnee State University. Merb, who was a four-time All-American and conference player of the year during her stint on the Shawnee State pitching mound, also grabbed the NAIA Player of the Year award in 1997 along with the NAIA National Tournament MVP in 1996.
Since May 2000, Merb has been an assistant coach and teacher at Shawnee State while gaining a Master of Physical Education and Sport Science degree from Ohio University.
Merb, a native of Canada, is a member of the NAIA Hall of Fame and the Shawnee State Hall of Fame.
Merb, formerly Kim White, was a four-year letterwinner at SSU. She compiled a 79-17 career record at SSU. Was a four-time first team All-American and was named National Player of the Week four times and Pitcher of the Week twice. She was the NAIA National Player of the Year in 1997. Her name appears on the NAIA Softball records list more than 50 times. She holds the NAIA record for fewest runs allowed in a season (23), season winning percentage (.897), career runs scored (201), RBI (210), career shutouts (37), fewest runs allowed in a career (132), fewest earned runs allowed in a career (90), career ERA (0.99) and consecutive at bats without a strikeout (104). Following her college career, Merb played professional softball for Langhirano in Italy.
Merb, a native of Owen Sound, Ontario, received her bachelor's degree from Shawnee State in 1997. She earned a master's degree from Ohio University in 2000. She resides in Portsmouth, Ohio.