Thank you, Glory players and families. What an honor!!!
“Mike, thank you for everything you do for the young ladies. What you do is not normal. It is special. And truly shows your absolute caring nature for doing everything in your power to help each one achieve their potential and dream. Wanted you to know that I recognize it and I am grateful. Fortunate to know you.”
— Gregg Ritchie, former Pittsburgh Pirate Hitting Coach, Team USA Baseball Coach, GW Baseball Coach, Glory parent
“Coach Mertz, I was just thinking of Glory and how thankful I am to have played for you. And how much your practices have helped me adjust to college practices…especially your 4-hour practices! I miss you and the girls so much, hopefully I can visit a practice when I’m back home.”
— Jazmyn Stokes, Freshman, Bucknell University
“Mike, we can’t thank you enough for all you have done for Emily since we met you last July! You took a chance on a unknown pitcher with no experience at the elite level and gave her an opportunity to chase a dream she has had since she was 10 years old (to play college softball). Since the day you told us she could guest pitch with your Glory team at PGF you have been a caring mentor and advocate who welcomed us into the Glory organization and showed us how to navigate the recruiting process. You have continued to offer advice and encouragement to Emily to help her progress and improve and this has meant so much to her and to us! Your positive coaching style and interest in all your softball girls is amazing and we can’t be more thankful that our lives crossed paths. Emily is very excited about her commitment to Maine and we will be forever grateful to you. This wouldn’t have happened without your help!! We look forward to your continued interest in Emily as she finishes high school and prepares for her playing days at U Maine.”
— Carl and Martha Reid, Massachusetts
Head Coach & Recruiting Advisor
Mike Mertz serves as a head coach and college recruiting advisor and is also very involved in player development. Between 2014 – 2016 (14U – 16U), Coach Mertz had the proud honor of leading a team that saw every player recruited to play in college — the youngest team to do this in VA history — and was a top PGF nationals finishing team from the East during that three year span. He attributes 100% of this dream accomplishment to his awesome players and families who fully embrace the process of selflessly striving together and his “Iron Sharpens Iron” team culture.
Coach Mertz has a great passion for teaching hitting, defense / speed of play, the mental aspects of the game, and is a certified pitching instructor with Tincher Pitching. What began as a 6-year-old boy in the dugout with top men’s softball teams coached by his grandfather evolved into a lifelong love of the game. His baseball career included a Chicago Tribune HS Prep honor with a .579 BA and 7-1 pitching record in 1984 at Lake Forest Academy. He continued playing in college summer leagues and high-level men’s softball leagues — 30 years in all. Over his playing career, he played every position on the field spending the most time as an infielder, pitcher and catcher.
Coach Mertz is deeply devoted to his wife, two daughters, his players and families, and giving back to the game that gave him more than he ever imagined. Professionally, he has spent over 25 years as an advertising Creative Director and currently holds a position as a Director of Marketing.
What an honor to coach ALL of the Glory players who played for something bigger than themselves, gave their teammates their absolute best, and competed at the highest level.
Maddie Gordon | Penn State University
Sydney Bednoski | Bucknell University
Isabella Smith | UNC Wilmington
Makenzie Mason | UNC Wilmington
Kathryn Sandercock | Florida State University
Ally Kurland | Penn State University
Victoria Figueroa | James Madison University
Arizona Ritchie | University of Virginia
Carlie Mertz | St. Joseph’s University
Keira Womack | East Carolina University
Cait Myers | Marshall University
Anna Deshaies | Penn State University
Tori Gilbert | University of Virginia
Avery Neuhart | Mount St. Mary’s University
Brittany Lew | Liberty University
Karlye Pallotta | Bowdoin College
Kaitlin Beasley-Polko | Coastal Carolina
Jazmyn Stokes | Bucknell University
Raina Cooper | University Alabama-Birmingham
Michelle Sullivan | James Madison University
Amanda Nee | University of Maine
Sienna Williams | Radford University
Abby Nyquist | Christopher Newport University
Julia Sinnett | Virginia Wesleyan
Becca Kelley | Clarion University
Nicole Badami | University of Alabama (DNP)