Game On Coaches
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. Coaching experience: My favorite coaching experience is when you see a new skill set click with an athlete and see the sense of accomplishment and joy they feel. 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
Cross Country Coaches
I was the 2017 NCAA Mideast Region Coach of the Year and finalist for NCAA D3 Coach of the Year for outdoor track and field; I’ve been named conference coach of the year in cross country and outdoor track and field 21 times total. My highlight in coaching so far is coaching our school’s first (and only) national champion and coaching 14 All-Americans. My other highlight is watching college athletes get down on their knees and work with youth in kids track and cross country meets; watching a college athlete get down on their knees to make a kid feel like they are the most important person in that moment is pretty inspiring. I’ve been a head coach since January 2007. I was an assistant coach for 5 years before that, mostly at the collegiate level. Favorite motivational Quote: “Everything you need is already inside” Bill Bowerman Favorite Bible verse: Matthew 25:40 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[a] you did it to me.’
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 quote:Once you bid farewell to discipline you say goodbye to success. - Sir Alex Ferguson 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.
We are pleased to announce that former Pitt Panther shortstop Olivia has joined our softball coaching staff. During her days as a Panther she earned all ACC 1st, 2nd, and 4-time academic team member. Olivia is originally from the Washington, PA area where she attended Trinity High School.