Head Coach & Recruiting Advisor
Mike Mertz serves as a head coach and college recruiting advisor and is also very involved in player development. Since 2014, Coach Mertz’s teams have earned 3rd, 17th and 25th finishes at PGF Nationals in CA with .667 career winning percentage (13-7 in PGF Premier, 11-5 in PGF Platinum). Team highlights also include a 16U undefeated Atlanta Legacy Showcase, 18U Atlanta Legacy 5th place finish (super pool), a 16U Team NJ Summer Showcase Championship, a 6-2 finish at 18U IDT Louisville Slugger in CO, USA Elite Select East Coast 18U Championship, and 2nd place finish (of 44) at 16U USA Preps Best of the Best in Las Vegas.
To date, 100% of Glory Mertz grads have gone on to play softball in college. He attributes this accomplishment to his players and families who fully embrace the process of selflessly striving together and his “Iron Sharpens Iron” team culture. In addition, his team GPA is over 3.8 during that span which has allowed several players to earn academic scholarships as part of their packages.
Coach Mertz has a great passion for teaching hitting, defense, base running, speed of play, instinctual play and the mental aspects of the game—and is a certified pitching instructor with Tincher Pitching. One of his proudest moments was fall of 2016 when his team went undefeated without having base coaches on the field.
What began as a kid in the dugout with top men’s softball teams coached by his grandfather has evolved into a true love of coaching and desire to give back. His baseball career included a Chicago Tribune HS Prep honor his junior year 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. Thank you for helping us shape the Purpose Driven Softball mission that we were founded on.” — Coach Mertz
“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