A major component of the University of Arkansas basketball program, Terry Mercer is in her 40th year as the executive assistant for Razorback basketball in 2017-18. Her friendly demeanor welcomes visitors to the offices at the Basketball Performance Center.
Mercer, whose career has spanned five head coaches, was one of the first people to welcome Mike Anderson back to Fayetteville as the two spent 17 years together in his first stint with the program.
She handles all correspondence for Coach Anderson and helps with the administrative details of the Mike Anderson Razorback Basketball Camps in addition to organizing Anderson’s hectic schedule. Other duties include coordinating Coach Anderson’s speaking engagements and handling the day-to-day business for associate head coach Melvin Watkins.
Mercer has enjoyed the success of the Razorback program, making four trips to the Final Four and 24 NCAA Tournament excursions.
A native of Princeton, North Carolina, she graduated from Saratoga High School in 1972, she worked for Southern Piping Company in Wilson, North Carolina, for six years before her husband, Elton, was transferred to Fayetteville.
She and Elton have a daughter, Heather (Husband Ryan), a son, Jacob (Wife Danielle), and four granddaughters, Caitlyn (15), Kenleigh (12), Lauren (16) and Laney (9).