Leah Mercer is going into her eleventh year as head coach of the Eagles Volleyball Team. In 2014 they had a 19-11 record making the programs 10th straight GLVC Tournament appearance. They also landed two players on the All-GLVC team. In 2013 the Eagles had their best season in nine years. With a 24-9 overall record and 15-3 GLVC record they made their 9th straight trip to the GLVC Tournament and their third trip to the NCAA Tournament in four years. Behind five All-GLVC team members, Mercer was named GLVC Coach of the Year.
In 2012, the Eagles made their eighth straight trip to the GLVC Tournament under Mercer with a 12-6 GLVC record. In 2011, the Eagles had their best season to date with a 20-11 overall record and 14-4 in GLVC play. They earned an at-large bid for the second-straight year to the NCAA Tournament. Mercer also became the winningest coach in USI history in 2011.
Before USI she held assistant positions at Loyola, Ohio and Purdue Universities. As an Evansville native, she played her collegiate ball at USI where as a player and coach she had led the Eagles to GLVC Regular Season and Division Titles.
Coach Mercer has been working camps for more than 13 years throughout the Midwest regions. With the help of current and former USI players, she will pass on to the campers the same fundamentals that her teams have possessed throughout her coaching career.
A 2002 graduate of USI, Mercer served Loyola University (Chicago) as the top assistant coach in 2004. She helped guide the Ramblers to a 22-9 overall record and a 10-4 mark in the Horizon League. Prior to her one-year stint at Loyola, Mercer spent a year as a graduate assistant at Ohio University. She helped the Bobcats to a 28-5 overall record, the Mid-American Conference regular season and tournament titles, and the programs first-ever berth in the NCAA I Tournament.
Mercer, who started her coaching career as a volunteer assistant at Purdue University in 2002, was a two-time All-GLVC performer and helped lead the Eagles to a three-year record of 61-27, including a 49-14 mark as a junior and senior.
Mercer graduated from USI in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education Teaching (K-12) and from Ohio University in 2004 with a master’s in Recreation and Sports Sciences.