C. Allison Merrill (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1974
Born: February 22, 1921 Andover, Maine
Died: July 8, 1990 Lebanon, NH
Al Merrill was the Director of Outdoor Affairs for Dartmouth College and its head ski coach from 1957 to 1972. During those years Dartmouth's ski teams never finished lower than fifth at NCAA championships.
With an expertise in Nordic sports he coached the U.S. FIS Nordic combined team in 1954 and its Olympic team in 1956. He was the head coach for Nordic skiing for the U.S. Ski Team from 1962 to 1968 and the Nordic program director for 1968 to 1970. During those years he instituted many ideas that increased U.S. competitiveness in Nordic sports as evidenced by John Bower's Nordic combined victory for the King's Cup at the Holmenkollen in 1968.
For his service to the U.S. Ski Team he received the Blegen Award in 1967. He impacted positively on the sport and the people who came into contact with him.