Snooter Merryman begins his first season as an assistant coach for the Barton baseball program in 2016-17.
Merryman assists with the overall development of the Barton offense and defense with a special focus on the catchers and their individual improvement.
The Barton offense currently ranks fourth among all NCAA Division II schools with 305 total runs, while the team’s .345 batting average is fifth overall. On defense, Barton’s All-American catcher Andrew Webster has seen his caught stealing percentage rise from 14.6% in 2016 to 27.5% under Merryman’s direction in 2017.
As a player, Merryman played at Barton College during the 2013-14 season after transferring from Louisburg College. The Spotsylvania, Va. native was a two-way player for the Bulldogs, seeing time as a catcher and relief pitcher.
Merryman saw action in 34 games behind the plate where he had a .980 fielding percentage on defense and totaled 26 hits, including three doubles, to go with nine runs scored and seven RBI on offense. As a pitcher, the right-hander appeared in 13 games out of the bullpen. He allowed just two runs on five hits over 12.1 innings of work, recording seven total saves, which is the second highest save total for a Barton player in the program’s 21-year NCAA Division II history.