62 Douglas Street Bloomfield, CT 06002     (phone) 860-242-0055     (email) info@fastpitchnation.net

Fastpitch Nation has assembled the best possible team of instructors that are highly experienced in Fastpitch softball and ready to work with your children to help them achieve their softball ambitions. 


Molly Rathbun (Pitching), mollyrathbun19@gmail.com, Graduate of Eastern Connecticut State University with a Bachelors in General Studies: Health and Physical Education concentration, and a minor in Psychology. Molly was a four-time Division III All-American at ECSU as a pitcher/designated hitter where she led her team to two NCAA National Tournament's with 3rd and 5th place finishes in 2010 and 2011 respectively, three-time Little East Conference(LEC) regular season and tournament champions, and two-time New England Regional champions. She was the 2009 LEC Rookie-of-the-Year, and the LEC Pitcher-of-the-Year in 2010, 2011 & 2012, as well as LEC Player-of-the-Year in 2012. She was also a two-time New England Player-of-the-Year and a two-time ECAC Pitcher-of-the-Year. Molly holds every pitching record in program history at ECSU, except one, including appearances, innings, starts, wins, winning percentage, strikeouts, saves, complete games, shutouts and no-hitters. She also finished first all-time in homeruns, total bases, slugging percentage, RBI, and third in batting average and hits. In her four year career she threw nine no-hitters, including a perfect game, and collected 1,130 strikeouts. Molly has joined the Eastern CT coaching staff for the upcoming season. 

Siera Sheehan, (Pitching), sieraasheehan@gmail.comSiera was a four-year starter in the circle for the Division I University of Hartford Hawks and a captain for 2 years. She leads the Hawks in the record books with the most appearances from a pitcher with 100. Sheehan received the Moe’s Player of the Week April 23, 2012 when she threw 21 out of 21 innings for the Hawks and came out with a 3-0 record over UMBC with 15 strikeouts. Siera also participated in the 2012 Prague Softball Week and the 2013 Amsterdam Tour representing the United States as a member of the American International Team.  Siera graduated with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and minor in Communications with an emphasis in advertising.

 

 

Sarah Downs

Sarah Downs (Pitching, Hitting, Fielding), downs.sarah@gmail.com, Sarah is a 2006 cum-laude graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University where she earned degrees in Sociology, Anthropology and Women’s Studies and Master of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Promotion from Ohio University. Sarah was a four year starter for Ohio Wesleyan splitting her time between pitching and first base. For the Bishops, Sarah was her conferences’ most intimidating power hitter and still holds the record for single season homeruns. In her senior year, Sarah was named to her All-Conference team, named the conference’s Most Valuable Player and was selected to the second team 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Softball Team.

 

 

Rich Wilkison, (Pitching, Hitting, Fielding), richardw121@cox.net, Rich Wilkison has been involved with fastpitch softball for 40 years. He is a member of the CT ASA Hall fo Fame, inducted in 1998. Both his father and sister are also in the Hall of Fame as fastpitch has been in his family for many years.  Rich has coached and played men’s major and class A fastpitch teams and coached girls' high school softball teams and has provided individual private fastpitch pitching and hitting instruction. In addition to coaching, Rich has represented Connecticut in state, regional, and national tournaments. Rich is also a certified NCAA, USSSA, ASA and NFHS umpire.

 

 

 

Jessie Rocha (Pitching), jrrocha27@gmail.com, Jessie is a sophomore at Western CT State University. Jessie played for the Colonials in her Freshman season but decided to hang up her spikes this season as she entered the demanding Nursing School at Western leaving insufficient time for softball. But she remains in the sport teaching at FPN. Jessie has been teaching at FPN for the last 2 seasons. She is a 3 time all-conference pitcher at Northwest Catholic High School and also pitched for numerous CT Mirage Travel teams for 8 years. 

 

 

 

MaMark   Morawskirk Morawski (Hitting, Fielding), shortstop12@gmail.com, a former professional baseball player in the Baltimore Orioles organization and Men's Professional Fastpitch player with the Tampa Bay Smokers, brings an incredible amount of experience and knowledge to Fastpitch Nation. He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in 1986 as a shortstop and was in line behind Cal Ripken to make the big club. A knee injury ended his pro baseball career. After rehab he went on to play for the Tampa Bay Smokers in 1995 and in 1996 won the World Championships. He was a Head Asst. Coach at Eckerd College and also coached at the Tampa Bay Rays summer baseball camps.  He was the Head baseball coach for IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida and worked with current Major Leaguers such as: Jed Lowrie (Red Sox), Carlos Quentin (White Sox), Mark Teahan (White Sox), Aaron Hill (Blue Jays), Mike Fontenot (Giants), Conor Jackson (A's), Chris Carter (Mets) and Pat Burrell (Giants) among others.

Mikelyn Messina (Hitting, Fielding), mmessina17@icloud.com, Mikelyn attended Rutgers University for three years.  While at RU, Mikelyn ranked 5th in single season homeruns, 6th in career homeruns, and 3rd in single season walks.  Mikelyn also holds the homerun record at her high school, Woodland Regional. Throughout the duration of the four years, she earned All-League and All-State honors, as well as the titles: most valuable player, best offensive player, and league’s most valuable senior.  Mikelyn now serves as an assistant head coach for Wolcott High School, where she has furthered her experience of coaching and working with individual hitters and fielders. Mikelyn participated in the 2012 Prague Softball Week as a member of the American International Team, where she helped lead her team to second place and earning the fastest throw award and tournament most valuable player.

 

Mandy Roczniak (Hitting, Fielding) Mandy@CoachMandy.com Mandy has 20+ yrs experience coaching at the collegiate level including two years as a head coach at Division Two University of New Haven and nine years as a head coach at Division One Central CT. State University.  Mandy is also a 4-Star Master Coach through the NFCA (National Fastpitch Coaches Association) one of only 109 people who has earned the highest level.  Since June of 2010, Mandy has owned her own business, Inner Winning Coaching, working with athletes as a certified life coach, specializing in peak performance, leadership, and transition coaching.  She helps athletes achieve their full potential & greater results not only in their sport, but in their life.  Mandy believes in coaching the person, not the player.  Mandy played her college ball at Eastern Connecticut State University during their national dominance and never finished lower than third in the country during her time as a player and won a National Championship her freshman year.  Mandy has a Masters Degree from Southern Connecticut State University specializing in Human Performance and is also a Certified and licensed Athletic Trainer.  During her time as Head Coach at CCSU, Mandy had 35 players make Dean’s list, 32 All-Academic Conference Players, 30 NFCA Academic All-Americans, and 8 All-Conference Players.  Mandy has also been the varsity coach at South Windsor High School since 2011 and several of her players are now playing in college.  She also hosts her own online radio show on the Life Coach Radio Network the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month at 1pm.  Her show talks about issues beyond the skills and drills of sports.

Jennifer Duell (Catching, Hitting Fielding), Jduell88@gmail.comJennifer graduated with honors from Siena College in 2012 where she earned a degree in Biology. For the Saints, Jen was a catcher/ utility player batting .355 in her senior season. A three time member of the MAAC All-Academic team, Jen continued her education at the University of New Haven for her master’s degree in Secondary Education. She is not embarking on her career as a teacher at Maloney High School in Meriden. 

 

 

 

 

darrin gouldDarrin Gould (Hitting, Fielding), gouldds4@gmail.com, is both a baseball and softball hitting coach. Coach D come to us from Southern California.  He began his coaching career in 1996 as an assistant varsity coach at Pacifica High School in Garden Grove, CA.  Coach D was scouted by the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants as a middle infielder where he was offered a free-agent contract with the Giants. Soon after relocating to Connecticut, he assisted a very successful freshmen baseball program at Simsbury High School from 2004-2006 and 2008. In 2007 and 2009, he was the head junior varsity baseball coach at Litchfield High School. Coach Gould is a healthcare professional as a nurse at Hartford Hospital.

 

 

Gino Caro (Speed, Agilty, Strength), gcaro@comcast.net. Gino Caro is the owner of Fast Lane Sports Performance and will be conducting speed, strength and agility classes.  Gino is a USA certified speed coach and a certified sports performance specialist by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  Gino has worked with over 3,000 Connecticut and New England athletes.  His customized programs have helped several athletes reach the collegiate and professional level.  Gino currently has athletes in the MLB, NFL, and the NBA.

 

 

 

Mlke   AlmeidaMike Almeida, Umpire-in-Chief, almeidamichael@sbcglobal.net, is one of the top professional umpires in New England. His experience includes: 25+ years High School softball umpire.; 15 years NCAA softball umpire (Div I, II, and III).; Tournament umpire with national experience.; Former President of the CT High School Umpire's Association; CT USSSA Umpire-in-Chief; Fastpitch Nation Umpire-in-Chief; UIC for Northern CT Spring, Summer, and Fall softball leagues (all age groups).