Cindi Merrill is in her fourth year working at Miami and third year as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. A former Miami basketball standout, Merrill begins her first season working with the RedHawk soccer team, while also directly overseeing strength and conditioning programming for Miami's volleyball, women's swimming and diving and women's tennis teams. She also helps with the football team's strength and conditioning program.
A native of Noblesville, Ind., Merrill returned to work at her alma mater in 2007 as a strength and conditioning intern for a year, before beginning her current position the following season.
After completing her playing career at Miami, Merrill played a season of professional basketball in Denmark's Dameligaen Professional Basketball League for SISU during the 2006-07 season. In her one season overseas, she was named the league's Player of the Year, while also earning first-team all-league and All-Imports Team honors. Merrill led her team in scoring, posting 21.4 points per game while leading her squad to a 17-4 mark and a runner-up finish in the Danish playoffs.
Merrill earned four letters as a member of the RedHawks basketball team from 2002-06, garnering Second-Team All-MAC honors as a sophomore and junior and Third-Team All-MAC plaudits as a senior. She was a two-time team captain and left as the fourth-leading scorer in Miami history with 1,497 points, which still ranks sixth all-time. Merrill led the `Hawks to two MAC East Division titles and an overall MAC title and WNIT berth in 2003-04.
Merrill graduated from Miami with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in 2006 and a master's degree in sports psychology in 2010. She is a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.).
Merrill currently resides in Oxford.