Green Bay Athletics recently added two more names to the “Top 50 Most Influential Leaders in Green Bay Athletics History” list in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Green Bay Athletics being celebrated during the 2019-2020 season: Jim Merner, formerly the swimming and diving coach for 25 years, led the program to 10 Horizon League championships and was recognized as Horizon League Coach of the Year 11 times. Merner began his tenure as head coach in 1990 with the women’s team and then reinstated the men’s team in 1992. He impacted the lives of thousands of student-athletes and created a culture of success in the pool and in the classroom.
Former Chancellor Gary L. Miller (2014-2019) carried a torch for the importance and value of Division I athletics. He expanded partnerships, introduced innovative programming and provided a renewed sense of purpose for Athletics on Green Bay’s campus. Under Miller’s direction, Athletics elevated three programs (golf, tennis and softball) to include full-time coaches and provided national perspective by serving on the NCAA’s infractions committee. Miller now serves as president of the University of Akron.