Game On Coaches

Volleyball Coaches

Taylor Solo

Career high points: Coach Taylor was a four year starting setter at Penn-Trafford High School. During her high school career she was a, three-year captain, four-time First-Team All-Section, three-time All-District, two-time Pittsburgh Post-Gazette East Feature Athlete, and First-Team All-State. In addition, she played club volleyball for the number 4 ranked team in the nation, Pittsburgh Elite. She competed in tournaments across the country and ultimately received an Athletic Scholarship to California University of Pennsylvania. While at California University of PA she received PSAC Scholar Athlete laurels all four of years and was chosen by her fellow teammates as team captain her junior and senior seasons. She finished her college career with a total of 1221 assists ranked 11th in the school’s history with total assists. Her freshman year she helped lead The Cal U Vulcans in winning a PSAC conference championship. Taylor’s junior year, while playing exclusively as a defensive specialist, her team won the Southwest Division of the PSAC. Her freshman and senior season Taylor ranked in the top 15 setters in the PSAC with total assists.

Favorite Bible verse: Isaiah 40:31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Favorite motivational quote: “It always seems impossible until it's done” - Nelson Mandela

Leo Sayles

Coach Leo Sayles –Head Coach Grove City Wolverines/Associate Athletic Director For Sports Ministry

In 2019 Coach Sayles guided the Grove City volleyball program to its first 20-win season in 12 years. The Wolverines advanced to the Presidents' Athletic Conference Tournament semifinals and also qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship Tournament.

Prior to caching at Grove City, Coach Sayles spent eight years as head coach at Gardner-Webb University. At Gardner-Webb, Coach Sayles’ teams achieved numerous milestones both on the court and in the classroom. In 2017, Gardner-Webb earned its first win over a major Division I university when the Bulldogs earned a five-set win over East Carolina. Coach Sayles owns several Gardner-Webb coaching records in volleyball, including most Division I wins in a season, most Big South Conference victories and the program’s best conference finish. Gardner-Webb also earned the Big South’s Sportsmanship Award in four consecutive years.

He recently authored “Ordering Our Steps: Committing Life and Sport to Christ” – a 31-day sports devotional athletes, coaches, and sports fan. We are proud to share that all athletes and coaches that attend our Game On Sports Camps receive this devotional.

At Grove City, Sayles has developed the "G.E.A.R." sports ministry program, which encompasses all 22 intercollegiate sports programs at the College. G.E.A.R. is designed to disciple Grove City athletes, encouraging athletes to affirm their faith and embrace their platform through sport to serve others. Coach Sayles will also be writing volleyball specific devotionals and Bible studies that are specific to the great sport of volleyball.

This is Coach Sayles first year with the Game Changer team.

Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 1:6 “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;”

Favorite motivational quote: Isaiah 40:30-31: “Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall, but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles. They shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Soccer Coaches

Brad Smith

Brad Smith is a 1999 graduate of Norwin High School, where he was a 3 year letter winner, captain of the soccer team, a member of the 1998 WPIAL Section 1 Finest 15, and a 1998 WPSCA Senior All Star.

Brad is also a 2003 graduate of Grove City College, having played goalkeeper, where he finished his career as the single season shutout record holder, was a 2001 PAC 1st Team All Star, 2002 Team MVP, 3 year letter winner, and 3 time scholar athlete. He currently holds the school record for career games and minutes played as a goalkeeper, as well as career shutouts.

Currently, Brad is a goalkeeper coach with the Pittsburgh Riverhounds RDA East program.

Favorite Bible verse: Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Favorite motivational quote: “Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success” - Sir Alex Ferguson

Softball Coaches

Elysse Petrie

Coach Elysse Petrie – Assistant Coach for the Saint Francis University Red Flash

Coach Elysse joined the NEC Champions Saint Francis University Red Flash after a stint as a graduate assistant at the University of Indianapolis, where she earned her Master of Science in Sports Management. She assisted in scouting, recruiting, daily practices, and team travel arrangements and working with the pitching staff.

She helped guide a 46-8 Greyhounds' team in 2021 that clinched the GLVC Championship and qualified for the NCAA DII Midwest Regional. The team's 25-game winning streak was the longest in Division II that season. She assisted one pitcher to a 23-3 record and 1.21 ERA and another to a 21-4 record with a 1.89 ERA. She coached one Midwest Pitcher of the Year, NFCA Division II Freshman of the Year and NFCA Division II Pitcher of the Year award finalist. Indianapolis was selected as the NFCA Midwest Region Coaching Staff of the Year.

Coach Elysse is a 2017 graduate of Centre College with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. As a player, she was a two-time SAA All-Conference Honorable Mention and SAA All-Tournament Team selection.

In her playing career, Petrie had the fewest earned runs allowed (178), second-lowest ERA (3.26) and second-fewest walks (76) in school history. She also ranked top-10 in innings pitched (272.2), appearances (60), games started (41), complete games (26), wins (15), shutouts (three), strikeouts (140), hits allowed (350). This is Coach Elysse’s first year leading our Game On Softball Camp.

Favorite Bible verse: 1 Timothy 4:12 “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

Favorite motivational quote: “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.”

XC Coaches

Nathan Meeuwenberg

Coach Nathan Meeuwenberg – Head Coach at King University

As head cross country and track and field coach at King University a DII school located in Bristol, Tennessee, Nathan guided the women's cross-country team to conference gold in 2019. He also facilitated an improvement on the men's team that saw them jump from last in the conference to runner-up status in 2021.For his efforts, he was named coach of the year for his work with women's cross country in 2019. While living in Tennessee he has also served as a Youth Pastor. Coach Meeuwenberg is now the Head Cross Country Coach at Edinboro University and will continue the excellence the Edinboro University Scot’s has enjoyed.

As a runner, he was named captain of his cross country and track and field teams at Milligan College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics. Milligan College is a private Christian College located in Milligan, Tennessee.

We are very pleased to announce he has joined the Game Changer coaching staff and will lead our cross-country program taking place at Mission Meadows located on Lake Chautauqua in Dewitt Ville, NY.

Favorite Bible verse: 2 Corinthians 5:21 “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”

Favorite motivational quote: You don’t have to be consistently great, but you do have to be great at consistency.