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2020 Lessons Booking Fast

Jan 9, 2020 3:57 PM

Private lessons for the 2020 Off Season are filling very quickly, don't miss out!    

30 Minute Private Lessons are available in Single. 5 Pack, 10 Pack and 18 Pack Discount Pacakges.  Meet our experienced staff:

Scott Downer, Director Of Baseball Operations

Coach Scott played at the University of Pittsburgh and went on to coach at Pitt, Duquesne, and CCAC Allegheny for eight years. He also has coached elite level AAU travel teams at various age groups in addition to being selected as the Head Coach of the PONY League World Series Home Team for 2 years before retiring.  

Adding to his stellar coaching resume, Coach Scott brings over 18 years of instructional baseball experience at all levels. He is a regional scout for the Baseball Factory and worked with several MLB teams in scouting & consulting capacities. 

Coach Scott has a Bachelor of Science Degree with a concentration in anatomy & physiology.  He is a certified personal trainer with the International Sports Sciences Association and the National Strength & Conditioning Association.

We are proud to have Scott leading our coaching staff as the Director of Baseball Operations.  In addition Coach Scott is a GameChangers Head Coach, BASE Pittsburgh Instructor & Mentor and is available for private lessons at GC Baseball Club.  

Sam Mersing, Instructor& GameChangers Head Coach

Coach Sam is a McKees Rocks native and graduated from Montour High School where he was a 4 year letterman standout. During the course of his tenor with Montour, Coach Sam was the ace of the Montour pitching staff. Over the course of his four years at the Triple-A school, he compiled a 17-7 record, and had a sub-2.00 earned run average in each season. He was also named to the All-Section team in all four seasons.

Following his stellar high school career Coach Sam went on to play for his hometown Pitt Panthers. In four seasons, he appeared in a combined 62 contests (20 starts) and owned a career record of 13-10. In that work, he struck out a total of 140 batters as primarily a bullpen guy. He had his best season as a senior, after making a transition mechanically from a three-quarter arm slot to a sidearm release. He worked a bullpen-high 50.2 innings and was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA and three saves - allowing just 18 runs on 53 hits and walked nine compared to 42 punchouts.

In 2017, Coach Sam was the first player signed by the Washington Wild Things following their 2017 season and was only one of two rookies to make the Wild Things’ opening day roster for the 2018 season. 

We are excited to welcome Sam to our coaching staff, bringing recent collegiate and professional ball experience. Coach Sam is a GameChangers Head Coach, BASE Pittsburgh Instructor & Mentor and is available for private lessons at GC Baseball Club.

Jordan Steranka, Instructor & GameChangers Head Coach

A native of Mt. Lebanon, Coach Jordan was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 21stround of the 2012 MLB draft. His professional career with the Pirates spanned three seasons where he advanced through various minor league levels.

Coach Jordan attended Penn State University on an athletic scholarship where he was a four year starter. He was team MVP in his freshman and senior campaigns while also receiving All-Big Ten First Team and All-American honors in his time at Penn State.  He currently holds Penn State career records in at-bats, total bases, consecutive starts, hits, doubles, triples, home runs and rbi’s. He graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Business Minor in 2012. Prior to attending Penn State, Jordan helped lead the Mt. Lebanon Blue Devils to a 2006 WPIAL baseball championship. 

As an original founder of the Pittsburgh GameChangers AAU Program, we are excited to have Jordan at the Club.  Jordan is also a high school head coach, a GameChangers Head Coach, BASE Pittsburgh Coach & Mentor and is available for booking private instructional lessons at the Club. 

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