JOHNSTOWN, PA – The Johnstown Mill Rats are excited to announce the hiring of their new head coach.

Josh Merrill has been hired to lead the 2024 Johnstown Mill Rats.  Merrill will take over for the departed Tyler Sullivan, who served two seasons as Johnstown’s head coach from 2022-2023, and is now a volunteer assistant at Eastern Michigan University.

Merrill is currently the head coach at North Iowa Area Community College and will begin his second season at the helm of the Trojans in 2023-2024.

Merill said, “I am excited to come to a great baseball city like Johnstown.  I placed several players in the Prospect League over the years, and I have followed Johnstown since their first season in 2021.  I’m happy to come to town, and to bring an exciting brand of baseball to the Mill Rats fans.”

Mill Rats General Manager Sarah Rex said about Merrill, “The new Mill Rats ownership and I are very excited to hire Josh as the new coach of the Mill Rats.  He brings a high level of excitement, and an enthusiasm for the game that we know our Mill Rats fans will love, get behind, and fully support.”

Merrill, a native of Wichita, Kansas, played collegiately at Neosho County CC, as well as Arkansas-Little Rock, and King University, where he was a right-handed pitcher.

Before landing the head coaching position at NIACC, Merrill served as an assistant coach at Neosho County Community College in Chanute, Kansas, and one season at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville.

The Mill Rats will open their 4th season in the Prospect League in late May/early June.