|Hometown:||Stoney Creek, Ontario|
|High School:||Albany Academy|
Former Great Dane standout attack Merrick Thomson enters his fourth season as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for his alma mater.
For the second straight season in 2018, UAlbany was the highest scoring offense in Division I with 14.42 goals per game, with the Great Danes scoring 274 goals with eight double digit goal scorers and 10 players having at least 11 points. He had two players, Connor Fields and Tehoka Nanticoke, each in the top-15 in points per game in DI. Fields, a USILA and Inside Lacrosse All-American plus the America East Offensive Player of the Year, became the second-leading scorer in DI all-time, being joined as All-Americans on offense with Nanticoke, the America East Rookie of the Year, and Kyle McClancy. Those three, joined Sean Eccles and Jakob Patterson as offensive players named America East All-Conference.
In 2017, Thomson coached the offense to be the highest scoring team in Division I at 15.39 goals per game, totaling 277 goals and 171 for 448 points, including nine double digit goal scorers. The team had double digit goals in 16 of 18 games, as the offense helped UAlbany earn its fifth consectutive America East regular season and the 2017 America East Tournament title. Connor Fields earned 117 points, the fourth-highest single scoring season in Division I history. Fields was one of three UAlbany offensive players, along with Kyle McClancy and Adam Osika, to earn All-America honors.
In his first season as a coach with the Great Danes, his offense sported three All-Americans and ranked seventh in Division I with 12.94 goals per game. Connor Fields and Seth Oakes each ranked in the top-10 in goals per game to earn All-America honors while John Maloney also was an All-American in the midfield. Netting double digit goals in 13 out of 16 contests, the UAlbany offense helped the program earn its fourth consecutive undefeated conference season and first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Previous to returning to UAlbany, Thomson spent six years as the head coach of the Hill Academy, a prep school in his native Canada. Thomson led the Hill Pride to a combined 68-13 record over the final five seasons. While a coach, he also served as the assistant dean of students and an academic advisor.
As a player, Thomson was one of UAlbany's top offensive players of all-time. From 2004-07, he helped the Great Danes earn three America East titles and the program's first Division I NCAA Tournament victory. He was a Third Team All-American in 2007. He finished his career as the program's all-time leading scorer with 244 points and 188 goals, currently standing third and second respectively in those categories in UAlbany history. When he finished his collegiate career, he stood fourth all-time in NCAA Division I history in goals scored, currently standing seventh.
Thomson earned his undergraduate degree in 2007 and also earned his Master's Degree in education administration at UAlbany in 2009. He served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007.
Thomson also had a post-collegiate career, playing for the New Jersey Pride and Toronto Nationals in Major League Lacrosse and the Philadelphia Wings in the National Lacrosse League. He was named the Most Improved Player of the Year in 2008 and led Toronto to the 2009 Steinfeld Cup, being named the playoffs MVP. He also represented Team Canada in international play, leading the squad to the 2007 International Lacrosse Federation World Indoor title.