Accomplished head coach of National Cathedral School, generous contributor and participant in national and local lacrosse organizations, selector and coach of regional high school teams at USL National Tournament, University of Maryland graduate, two-time captain, member of US World Cup team, Baltimore Hall of Fame inductee, frequent speaker and volunteer for lacrosse.
Susan Merritt has always gone the extra yard to be a winner -- as a player, coach and volunteer -- although her modesty and unassuming manner might lead one to overlook her competitive desire and the remarkable success she has achieved during her lacrosse career.
A member and captain of the first varsity teams at Maryland, Susan continued an outstanding college-playing career by earning a spot first on the US Reserve team and then on Team USA. She competed for the United States in the world games held in 1982 in Nottingham, England.
Susan has coached in the Independent School League (ISL) at the varsity, JV and middle school level since 1978. She spent five years at Holy Child School and the next 22 years at National Cathedral School, where her teams have always been among the top teams in the Independent School League.
Susan has acted as a selector and also coached a south/mid-Atlantic high school team at the National Tournament every year since 1995. She has served as the regional director for the high school trials, as well as serving as the mid-Atlantic regional representative on the HS Coaches Council of US Lacrosse.
Susan still finds time to give back in other ways. She has served on the Potomac Chapter of US Lacrosse Board since 1999 and can be found volunteering at most Chapter events. She is the Potomac Chapter representative on the USL High School Coaches Council. Susan was a dedicated volunteer at the Under-19 World Championships in 2003 and is committed to volunteer at the 2005 Women’s World Cup in Annapolis, Maryland. She has conducted and is a frequent speaker at numerous lacrosse camps, and youth and coaching clinics.
Susan’s family has shared the passion of the game as well. She and her husband, Barry, reside in Gaithersburg, MD with their two children, Ellie and Will. Both children play lacrosse at Sandy Spring Friends School and with local club teams.