In over 20 years with the Cougars, Shauna Mertz works mainly with the beam squad while helping with the other events as well.
During her stint as beam coach, the team has steadily improved (in 1992, it set a school record of 48.90 and bettered that with a 49.15 in 1993). That score was tied with the floor team for the highest event score in school history until the 2000 season, when the bars and floor teams recorded higher marks. BYU passed the 49 mark three times in 2001, setting a new team high on the beam with a 49.275 in the last two meets. In 2004, the team steadily improved to a record high of 49.675 against Utah State.
In 1996 she helped Natalie Breckman earn second-team All-American honors. Two years later in 1998, Kelli Rose received first-team All-America honors. Under Mertz's guidance, Kari Dye-Lords scored a perfect 10.0 in the meet against Utah in 2003. In 2004, Lords, Marie-H?l?ne Claveau and Jaime Mabray all scored 9.975 on beam, with Lords, Mabray and Trisha Ashton scoring 9.950 seven times. During her standout competitive career at BYU from 1988-1992, Mertz scored highs of 9.75 on bars and 9.85 on beam.
A Sandy, Utah, native, Mertz graduated from BYU in 1993 with a degree in health education. She is married to Brad Mertz and they have four children. Brad has been the home announcer for gymnastics meets for as long as Shauna has coached at BYU.