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Achieving Greatness with Randolph Macon's Josh Merkel

The men's head basketball coach asked our Middle School to value courage and consistency and to foster healthy habits. 
"You have a choice to be your best," said Josh Merkel, head men's coach for Randolp Macon. "How is your energy contagious?" Last week, our Middle School was thrilled to welcome Merkel to Ryan Recital Hall to talk about the power of words and ideas. 

Under Merkel, Randolph-Macon secured the school’s first-ever Division III National Title in any sport in 2022, going 33-1 and 16-0 in ODAC play. Drawing on his experiences as a coach, Mekel spoke with our boys about motivation, rigor and commitment. After his talk, he and the MS boys held a brief Q and A session. 
Merkel urged the boys to practice courage and consistency in their daily lives. To achieve greatness, he said, they must distinguish themselves. "You can't be great if you do what everyone else is doing," said Merkel.