Dannie Merida
Dannie Merida

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
4th Year at SBU

Alma Mater:
Florida International '06


10/25/2013

Merida to be instructor at future national soccer camps

#Seawolves assistant coach selected to instruct at two national soccer camps in the next few months.

03/27/2013

Spring Soccer Festival takes place April 26

Stony Brook will hold a clinic for soccer boys and girls ages 6-13 and then take on St. John's in an exhibition.

11/07/2012

Men's soccer falls short in AE Semis at UMBC

The Seawolves finish 11-6-1, their best record since 2005.

11/06/2012

Men's soccer collides with UMBC in the AE Semifinals

Stony Brook seeks a return to the conference final for the second consecutive season.

11/03/2012

Men's soccer stages comeback to beat Binghamton in OT

Down two goals, Seawolves persevere and beat the Bearcats behind Casey's golden goal.

Dannie Merida will enter his fourth season as an assistant coach for the Stony Brook men's soccer team in the fall of 2014. Merida, who is working under head coach Ryan Anatol, assists with all aspects of the program with a focus on recruiting.

In his three years at SBU, Merida has guided the Seawolves to a 27-22-6 record, including an American East Championship in his first year with the team in 2011. The next year, Merida coached Stony Brook to an 11 win season, their most victories in seven years, and an RPI ranking of 55.

Merida has coached four first-team All-America East selections, five second-team selections and five members of the America East All-Rookie teamin his three seasons with the Seawolves. One of those players, Leo Fernandes, went on to become Stony Brook's first ever men's soccer All-American, now starring with the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer. Merida helped shaped Fernandes into the America East Conference Midfielder of the Year in 2011 and 2012 as well as mold Fernandes's teammate, Berian Gobeil Cruz, into the America East Striker of the Year in 2011.

Merida, who played collegiately at Florida International University after transferring from Elon University, served as the top assistant coach at Lewis University in Chicago in 2010, and helped them to a GLVC Regular season Championship. Prior to his time at Lewis, he served as the associate head coach at Lincoln College in Lincoln, Ill. In his short time was able to help the JUCCO program to top 15 national ranking.

Along with his collegiate coaching experience, Merida has also worked with the South Kendall Soccer Club and was the associate head coach at Miami Killian High School and Miami Palmetto High School.

Merida holds a Premier Diploma from the NSCAA.