Merkison joined the Tornado staff in the fall of 2017 following a stint as a tumbling instructor in Chattanooga. She led the Tornado to a program record three wins in 2018, including their first 3-0 start. Under her tutelage, two individuals have qualified for NCATA Event Finals.
- 1 NCATA All-America selection
- 1 NCATA All-Academic selection
- 9 NCATA Academic Honor Roll honorees
- 7 ECAC Academic All-Conference honorees
- 2 ECAC Freshman of the Year
- 6 All-ECAC selections
- 3 All-ECAC honorable mention honoree
- 7 Academic All-ECAC honorees
- 1 NCATA Freshman of the Week
- 3 ECAC Athletes of the Week
- 1 ECAC Specialist of the Week
- 3 ECAC Freshman of the Week
- Earned first career win on March 14, 2018, in a 245.735-240.265 win over Concordia University Wisconsin
- First 3-0 start in program history in 2019
- Matched program record with three wins in 2019
- Set five program highs in 2019
- Set two program highs in 2018
Year-By-Year Season Recaps
2019: King won their first three meets, marking the first time in program history. The Tornado defeated #9 Alderson Broaddus in the season-opener, their first win over the Battlers in program history. King then dropped three straight meets to teams ranked in the top five in the NCATA poll. The Tornado set five program records, including four in the tumbling event. Ashley Berlin qualified for the NCATA event finals for the second straight year, finishing fifth in the open pass. She also garnered All-America honors.
2018: The Tornado were shorthanded all season with injuries, but came out with one victory and a pair of program highs. Ashley Berlin finished second at the NCATA Event Finals in the tumbling six element pass with a program record score of 9.850. Moira Lyons was selected ECAC Freshman of the Year and was joined on the All-ECAC team by Maya Fuller and Berlin. Abigail Keith earned honorable mention All-ECAC recognition.
Prior to King
In 2016, Merkison instructed students from ages 3-18 in tumbling and acrobatic skills at Cheer Extreme Chattanooga. She also taught and choreographed cheerleading routines for teams and classes while at Cheer Extreme Chattanooga.
As a student-athlete at Oregon, Merkison helped the Ducks to a National Collegiate Acrobatics & Tumbling Association (NCATA) national title. She was a member of four teams that competed at the NCATA National Championships, taking home three team titles and six event finals championships. Merkison was a top and tumbler for the Ducks from 2012-15.
While at Oregon, Merkison competed for head coach Felecia Mulkey who is now at Baylor University. Along with competing for Mulkey, Merkison also worked at summer camps, helping create scheduled and instruct athletes to improve their skills.
"Miranda is passionate about the sport of acrobatics and tumbling and the opportunities that it provides for young women," Baylor Head Coach Felecia Mulkey said. "As an athlete, she led by example with her work ethic and her selfless commitment to the success of the team. These characteristics will translate into a great coach and role model for the student-athletes at King University"