Merv is a former head of the History Department at A. E. Peacock Collegiate, who is now retired and now is currently working as a high performance consultant with the Saskatchewan Curling Association. In addition to his responsibilities with the S.C.A.,he has been coaching the Amber Holland team for the past number of years.
Merv has always had a love for sports both as a player and a coach.He has had modest success on the curling circuit and has been as the Men’s Regional Champion on 8 occasions, 5 times Hillcrest Club Champion and a Super League Championship.
Merv has had tremendous success as a curling coach at many different levels including High School Provincials where his teams captured 2 gold, a silver and a bronze. He has coached at the Canadian University Championships six times, winning a silver medal. As a junior coach he went to 3 Canadian Championships making the finals twice winning the gold in 1992 and the silver in 1996. His team skipped by Amber Holland captured the world silver medal in Grindelwald Switzerland in 1993. In 1999 at the Charlottown Scott Tournament of Hearts he coached Team Saskatchewan to a playoff berth .In 2004 he re-joined Amber Holland and in 2008 they won the World Curling Tour Championship,the 2009 Olympic Pre-trials and then the Edmonton trials finishing 4th.Two provincial Scotties back to back in 2010 and 2011 ,winning the Canadian Curling Championship in 2011 .The team went on to Esjberg Denmark where they won a world silver medal. They will play in the 2012 Scotties as Team Canada.
Merv has been recognized with several different awards including induction into the Saskatchewan Legends of Curling, S.H.S.A.A. Service and Outstanding Coach Award, 2009 Petro Canada Coaching Training Award, 2010 Moose Jaw Times Herald Sports Builder Award and the 2011 Coaching Association of Canada Excellence Award.
Merv also enjoys being involved in the Community and spent many years as a Hillcrest Sports Center board member and a member of the Moose Jaw Multiplex Builders. He was involved in the 1979 World Junior Curling Championships, 1983 World Ladies Curling Championships, the 50th and 60th A. E. Peacock Collegiate reunions and the 1994 Canadian Senior Curling Championships.
Merv also speakes on the following:
Preparation for Competition
The Art of Winning
Mental Preparation Crash Course
The Invisible Bag
My Coaching Journey
“The most memorable of speakers are those that speak in the form of a story and from the heart. That is what made Merv’s presentation so special. He had the unique ability to mix his personal stories with the message he wished to get across to the audience. Whether you are an athlete, a coach, or just a person who wants to achieve success, Merv will motivate you to turn your dreams into goals in order to achieve the success you desire.”
Brenda Lyons, President – Synchro Sask