Mr. Merritt is a native of South Bend Indiana. Having grown up in the shadows of the Golden Dome Mr. Merritt has lived through a great deal of Notre Dame sports history over the years. Mr. Merritt's family was a neighbor of Dan Devine. Mr. Merritt and his brother witnessed the shot by Dwight Clay from the corner that ended UCLA's win streak, they witnessed Rudy's sack against Georgia Tech, the fade away jumper by Orlando Woolridge to beat Ralph Sampson and the Virginia Caveliers, the two epic games versus Miami (Catholics v Convicts) just to name a few. Mr. Merritt continues to be a follower of Notre Dame sports and thoroughly enjoys sharing his insights into the program he loves so dearly. Mr. Merritt has a Masters Degree in Physical Education from Ball State University, and a Masters in Education from Aquinas College as well. Mr. Merritt is married to Karla Marks and has five daughters. The youngest Lauren (10) is a die hard Notre Dame fan because Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez are fans as well.

I would love to do this kind of work full-time so if anyone out there would like to contact me my email address is coachmerritt@gmail.com and my phone is 616-889-4993. I'm on facebook and my twitter is www.twitter.com/merrittcoach.

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  • Jeff Kalafa posted 2310 days ago

    Jeff Kalafa


    I need some help. I need to get closure on the Declan Sullilvan tragedy that occurred Oct, 28, 2010.

    I’m not a ND fan and was pretty upset about the way Brian Kelly left Cincinnati so when the Sullivan tragedy occurred, I probably said to myself “wouldn’t it be great if Kelly got fired.”

    I’m not going to argue about whether he had the right to leave UC but I just didn’t like it.

    As time went on I realized it was wrong to assign guilt in the collapse of the tower without knowing the facts---and I certainly didn’t know them.

    I also realized it would be a terrible burden, and a tragedy of its own for someone to have to carry around the guilt if they were indeed responsible in any degree for Sullivan’s death.

    It was wrong to even suggest that anyone involved (president, AD, coach, video crew, etc,) could be the slightest bit responsible without knowing the facts.

    On the other hand I feel that there are still questions to be answered;

    I want to know if this was an avoidable incident. I want to know how it happened.

    I’ve read quite a lot about this and I’m still looking for closure.

    As the season approaches I want to know if Notre Dame has sufficiently addresses this or whether they still have to take more responsibility.

    I’m a Rutgers fan. If this occurred at Rutgers on a extremely windy day where everyone else in the Northeast cancelled outdoor practice I’d want to know every little detail I could.

    I know that no one knows every little detail about the Sullivan death but I’d like to know whether or not you are satisfied with the way ND has explained what happened on Oct 28, 2010.

    I want to know the way you saw it happening.

    Thank you,
    Jeff Kalafa