Merrick named to coach Eagan boys soccer

Alan Merrick, former Minnesota Kicks player and longtime soccer coach in the Twin Cities area, has been named head coach of the Eagan High School boys team.

Merrick has been head coach of the University of Minnesota men’s club team the last 14 years, where he worked with a number of players from the south metro area. He has been director of soccer development at the National Sports Center in Blaine and has worked with several local youth soccer clubs, most recently the Lakeville Soccer Association.

He twice was a member of the Minnesota Kicks professional team, first from 1976 to 1979 and again in 1981. Merrick also coached the Minnesota Strikers in indoor and outdoor leagues from 1984 to 1988.

Merrick replaces Kurt Virgin, who had been Eagan boys soccer coach since the program’s inception in 1990. Virgin abruptly retired from coaching and teaching in January. He had been  placed on administrative leave in Nov. 2011 while an investigation was conducted into his handling of finances of youth sports camps that he ran.