PIAA associate director Melissa Mertz is this week’s guest on episode No. 98 of the Inspirational Athletes podcast.
To those who might be unaware of her ties to Lancaster County, Mertz (maiden name Nash) was a standout three-sport athlete at Cocalico High School in the early 1990s before going on to lead a highly-successful field hockey career at Shippensburg University. Mertz is now a mother of two teenagers and still living in Lancaster County, and was kind enough to drop by the LNP studio to chat with sports reporter John Walk on several topics.
Mertz shares her field hockey journey from Cocalco to Shippensburg, where she was later inducted into the Raiders’ athletics Hall of Fame in 2008. Mertz also chats about her recent involvement in competing in an international field hockey tournament in Spain.
Honored earlier this year with a National Federation of High Schools Citation Award for her work with the PIAA, Mertz sheds light on her day-to-day duties in her capacity as associate director.
Finally, Mertz also discusses a hot-button topic facing the PIAA as of late in regards to the boundary/non-boundary debate,giving some perspective on where the organization is coming from when approaching the matter and some hurdles that might be faced moving forward.