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Winter Sports


In the winter, Laurel fields Varsity and JV teams in Basketball, and Swimming & Diving, as well as a Fencing program.



About the coach... David Meyer came to Laurel School in 2001 from Buffalo, NY, where he was a graduate of Canisius College. In Buffalo, he taught physical education as well as coached basketball, soccer, and softball at a variety of levels. David is currently Laurel’s Director of Athletics, Head Women's Basketball Coach, and Project Adventure Coordinator.

David coached basketball for five years at The Park School in Buffalo, NY, and helped to establish them as one of the top teams in their league. This year will mark his twelfth year as head woman's basketball coach at Laurel School. During his tenure at Laurel, David has guided the gators to an impressive 171 wins. During the 2011-12 season, the gators finished with a record of 19-4, winning their first district title and making their first regional appearance (sweet 16) in the school’s history. Upon completion of the season Coach Meyer was recognized as "Coach of the Year" in the district tournament.

David is a veteran of the armed forces, having serving six years in the Army. He holds an AFAA personal trainer certificate, working as a personal trainer for 6 years in the Buffalo area. His clientele included high school, college, and professional athletes. He resides on Cleveland's west side with his wife Natalie, son Samuel, and daughter Jordyn.

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About the coach… Sandra Gliga '03 started swimming with the Brecksville Breakers, before joining LESD as her club team. As a Laurel student, she swam all four years at Laurel, leading a small team through districts and being a co-captain during senior year. She then swam for two years at the University of Rochester, before transferring to John Carroll University. At JCU she completed her undergraduate & graduate degrees, both in Mathematics, and graduated in January 2011. Since graduation, she has been involved with USA masters swimming, as well as competing in triathlons and placing third female overall in the Cleveland triathlon this year.

She was the assistant coach for two years to the Shaker Heights Country Club Swim Team. While she was in Rochester, she taught swim lessons and held swim clinics for local adults learning to swim & to improve their technique. Most recently, she has been working with members of the Cleveland Triathlon Club to improve their body positioning and endurance for open water swimming. She comes to us with over 20 years of swimming experience and this will be her first season coaching Laurel Swimming.

Professionally, Sandra works at Progressive Insurance as an Actuarial Analyst, analyzing historical data in order to predict future reserving trends.

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Download the Fencing program information flyer (includes required registration form).

During the winter season, from November 15 - March 7, fencing will return for student athletes in grades 6-12. The program will run on Friday afternoons from 4:00- 5:45 P.M. at the Butler Campus. Transportation will be provided each Friday from the Lyman to the Butler Campus and back. In order to participate and receive physical education credit in this program, you must commit to the full season and attend a minimum of 11 practices (opportunities will be provided to make up missed practice days.) Those participating in winter sports or winter theatre productions may not participate in fencing.

Tom Nagy, Head Coach of On Target Fencing and the high school coach at St. Joseph Academy and St. Edwards will return this season to work with our fencers. He comes to us with over 25 years of fencing experience and will be in his 5th season of coaching Laurel Fencing. This is not a competitive opportunity. Those that choose to be a part of this program will be trained in the sport and if they choose will have the chance to compete in tournaments suggested by Coach Nagy.

The cost to participate in this fencing program is $130. All necessary equipment will be provided by Laurel School and Coach Nagy.
The deadline to register is October 1, 2013.