Danny is in his 5th season as the Lady Royals Head Coach and his 14th year overall in the Royals Athletic Dept. In Mertens first four years as head coach, the Lady Royals went 92-39 overall (33-12 in conference play), winning two Mon-Dak Conference, Region XIII and District D Championships while qualifying for the National Tournament during the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 season. He was the 2015 and 2016 Mon-Dak, Region XIII and District D Coach of the Year. In four years Coach Mertens has coached 10 All-MonDak Conference players, 9 All-Region XIII players and one NJCAA All-American Kennedy Henningsgard in 2015-2016.
Prior to being named head coach in 2013, Danny spent 8 years as the assistant coach. In those 8 years, the Lady Royals won 2 Mon-Dak Conference Championships, 3 Region XIII Championships, 2 District D Championships and 2 berths to National Tournaments. Mertens also helped coach NJCAA All-American Jordyn Kirk during the 2013-2014 season.
Danny is the NJCAA Region XIII Assistant Men’s Region Director.
Danny is married to a former Lady Royal Robyn (Herman). They have two daughters Ashtyn (6), and Tralyn (2).