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Spectators are permitted for all home athletic events; guests must comply with Mercersburg’s Visitor Policy at all times.

We invite you to click here for information about online broadcasts of athletic events.

Spirited Competition

Athletics at Mercersburg provides a prime venue for developing leadership skills, enhancing collaborative ability, and building the character necessary to gain success with honor and to persevere through adversity. Simply put, a young person’s experience in athletics can be as influential as any other aspect of an education at Mercersburg.

Each year, approximately 85 percent of Mercersburg students participate in at least one of our 27 sports, filling more than 45 teams that offer varsity, junior varsity, and thirds levels. Participation fulfills the school’s physical education requirement and the Performance Group Activity expectation.



Championship quality.

Excellent facilities, experienced coaching and training, and top competition are hallmarks of the athletic experience at Mercersburg. Blue Storm athletes test themselves against stiff opposition; in addition to state-of-the-art campus facilities, Mercersburg teams often compete on PGA Tour golf courses, in professional baseball parks, and in NCAA stadiums, arenas, and other venues.


Hard work.

The Mercersburg athletic program provides a challenging, supportive, instructive, and enjoyable experience that fosters the development of character, leadership, and teamwork.

Fair play.

We provide a transformative, competitive, growth experience for every student that inspires passions and pursuits, leading them to reach their highest level of accomplishment and fulfillment. 

Clean life.

We compete with character and integrity. Our student-athletes contribute with work ethic and accountability, and lead with service and by example. Mercersburg teams face challenges with resilience and grit, and appreciate opportunities with commitment and unity.


Matt Maurer

Lauren Jacobs

Interim Director of Athletics for Programs and Student Experience and Head Softball Coach
jacobsl@mercersburg.edu
717-328-6184

In addition to serving as interim director of athletics for programs and student experience, Lauren Jacobs is also Mercersburg’s head softball coach. Before coming to Mercersburg in 2016, she worked in the athletic department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL. She was head softball coach at her high school alma mater, Whitesboro High School in Marcy, NY (where she also worked in athletic administration and coached junior varsity field hockey). Lauren played varsity softball and varsity ice hockey at Union College in Schenectady, NY, where she was twice named All-Liberty League in softball and won the Athletic Director’s Award for leadership in both hockey and softball. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Union College and a master’s degree in sport administration from Canisius College. Lauren lives in Fowle Hall with her husband, Matt (the school’s head varsity baseball coach and assistant director of summer and external programs), and their two dogs.

Matt Maurer

Paul Sipes

Interim Director of Athletics for Operations and Outreach and Head Girls’ Basketball Coach
sipesp@mercersburg.edu
717-328-6168

Along with his role in the athletic department, Paul Sipes is head coach of Mercersburg’s girls’ varsity basketball program. He is a former state coach of the year in both Maryland (2001) and Virginia (2013) as well as a nine-time conference coach of the year. He was the 2012 Virginia Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Athletic Director of the Year. Paul is a former assistant executive chairman of the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association, and has been athletic director at Wakefield School in The Plains, VA, and St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Oakdale, CT. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in social sciences from Wesleyan University. Paul is a member of the Mercersburg Borough Council. He and his wife, fellow faculty member Jen Sipes, live in Mercersburg and are the parents of Finn ’22 and Shelby.