Seals Team Coaches
Patrick Merrill will lead the Seals for his third season after being named the first general manager and head coach in San Diego Seals history on April 3, 2018.
In his first year, Merrill led the Seals to a 10-8 finish, good for second in the West Division. The Seals clinched a home playoff berth on April 19, 2019 with a 12-7 win over the Colorado Mammoth. Merrill was a finalist for the NLL’s 2019-20 General Manager of the Year award.
During Merrill’s sophomore season, the team finished with a 6-6 record with Merrill at the helm. The Seals won five-straight games before the season halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Merrill, 39, spent 15 years as a defender in the National Lacrosse League. The Orangeville, Ontario native was the first-overall pick in the 2002 National Lacrosse League Entry Draft. He played in 194 games in the league, registering 18 goals, 65 assists, 570 penalty minutes and 818 face-off wins.
Merrill won two Minto Cups (Canadian Junior ‘A’ national championship) in three seasons as the head coach of the Six Nations Arrows. A co-founder and coach at The Hill Academy (Ontario), a perennial lacrosse powerhouse, Merrill claims multiple (U.S.) national titles to his resumé.
A graduate of Mercyhurst College, Merrill won three NLL titles and four Mann Cup championships (Canadian Senior ‘A’ national) as a player.
At the international level, he was part of Team Canada’s silver-medal-winning team at the 2010 World Field Lacrosse Championships in Manchester, England. A year later, he brought home the gold at the FIL World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.
Jordan Hall, a 14-year veteran of the National Lacrosse League has joined the Seals as Offensive Coordinator + Director of Player Personnel. Hall was selected in the first round (first overall) by the New York Titans in the 2007 NLL Entry Draft. Hall was awarded “Rookie of the Month” honors in March of the 2008 Season.
Cam Woods played 15 seasons for Albany, San Jose, Chicago, and Toronto after being selected 18th overall in the 1997 Entry Draft. He won the 2011 Championship with Toronto. He was named a co-winner of the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year Award. He was a four-time All-Star (2002, 2004, 2007, & 2009). He retired eight all-time in loose ball recoveries (1,371) and penalty minutes (414). He was named captain for Albany for the 2001 season and retained the title through the 2007 season with Chicago.
Seals Team Scouts
Ryan Boyle is regarded as one of the smartest players in the history of lacrosse. He was selected 3rd overall by the San Jose Stealth in the 2004 NLL entry draft. In 2005 he was named NLL Rookie of the Year and won the rookie scoring title. Boyle played a total of 6 seasons in the NLL, in addition to 11 seasons in the MLL. A graduate of Princeton University, Boyle was a 4-time All American and 2-time Ivy League player of the year. He is a 3-time member of Team USA, earning Gold medals in 2002 and 2010 and a Silver in 2006. Boyle has extensive experience with rising stars in the lacrosse world as the Co-Founder and CEO of Trilogy Lacrosse, and an ESPN lacrosse analyst.
A native of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Travis Gillespie has played lacrosse since the age of four. Gillespie is a two-time DII NCAA champion with Limestone College, as well as a three-time All-American. He was then selected fourth overall by the Columbus Landsharks in the 2002 NLL Entry Draft.
Travis has extensive experience in the international game, having been a part of Team Canada in the past, and now serving as the Head Coach of the Taiwan Lacrosse Association.