Assistant Coach Jay Mercer

Coach Mercer has lived out fearlessness when he moved across the country to be part of our program. He works hard without complaining and is always an open and honest person.
— Lane Mahurin, Junior


  • Entering second season on IWU staff after spending the past two seasons as an assistant at Greenville College
  • IWU was 33-3 and ranked #1 for the entire regular season in his first year on staff
  • Originally from Portland, Oregon
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude from Greenville College with a Business Management degree



Selfish ambitions are left at the door and these men compete to serve the Lord and each other on a daily basis.  The IAm3rd philosophy isn't a special formula developed in an effort to increase the chance of winning the basketball game, but rather a way of life that fosters accountability and love between a group of men seeking to grow a little each day.

Fearless is...

Being fearless means taking a leap, leaving your comfort zone, and not allowing your fears to limit your potential.

Describe your experience IWU...

Life-changing.  My testimony grows each day that I am here.  I'm entering my second and final year of the GA program and there just isn't enough time.  I knew I would learn more about basketball, but I didn't realize how much I would learn about myself.  My story is unique and this chapter is no different.  God opened doors for me to be here and this program delivered in a major way.  I am thankful for the relationships I have developed here and I am excited to see what happens for the upcoming season!