Scott Merritt added to Illinois staff.
"Merritt replaces associate head coach LaKale Malone, who had been an assistant coach at Illinois for the past eight years, five under Matt Bollant. Fahey kept Malone and Bollant assistant Tianna Kirkland on staff."
University of Illinois women's basketball head coach Nancy Fahey announced Thursday (March 26) the addition of assistant coach Scott Merritt to her Fighting Illini coaching staff.
"I'm thrilled to welcome Scott to our staff," said Fahey. "He is a proven winner and recruiter who has played and coached at the highest levels of our game. Scott has been an integral part of the success at Marquette. He excels at player development and I am excited for our players to grow under his guidance. His hard-working attitude and great character make Scott a perfect fit for our Illini family."
Merritt, a former Marquette University men's basketball standout and starter on the Golden Eagles' 2003 Final Four squad, comes to Illinois after a six-year stint as an assistant coach at his alma mater.
Merritt has been on the Marquette sideline since he was hired by new head coach Carolyn Kieger in June 2014. After a very rough first year, and a second year as the youngest team in all of Division 1, the Golden Eagles won at least 24 games each of the next three seasons, racking up a Big East tournament title and back-to-back regular season titles. Merritt was retained as an assistant by new head coach Megan Duffy when she took the reins, and with a vastly different look than the past four years, the Golden Eagles went out and won another 24 games before the coronavirus terminated the NCAA tournament before they could get to Selection Sunday and a fourth straight tourney berth.