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. 

  Pitching Instructors
Siera Sheehan, (Pitching), sieraasheehan@gmail.com, Siera 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.
Alyssa Wolejko, (Pitching), alyssa.wolejko@gmail.com, Alyssa is a graduate of Union College with a Computer Science degree. She started all 145 games that she played during her 4 years at Union. She was a pitcher, third-baseman, and hitter for the Dutchwomen. She hit above .300 in all her seasons at Union. She had a career total of 378.4 innings pitched with 327 strikeouts. Alyssa holds 9 records at Union College. In 2014, She led her team in batting average with a .397. Wolejko made her presence known on the mound by striking out 92 in 101.1 innings, She was selected to the 2013 All-Northeast Region All Star Team. Wolejko had previously received Liberty League First Team Utility honors. Alyssa graduated from East Catholic High School in 2010. She led the team to a State Tournament semi-final appearance in 2008. She was All-Conference for 4 years and All-State in 2010. Alyssa has been a part of the CT Eliminators organization for 9 years as a player and a coach. Alyssa helps coach the CT Eliminators 16U/14U teams. She currently works as a Web Developer for Umbie HealthCare.
Jenn Lattal, (Pitching), Jlattal15@yahoo.com, Graduate of Assumption college with a Human Services degree with a concentration in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Four year pitcher for the Greyhounds, helping lead the team to conference title as well as a tournament championship, and an NCAA Division II Regional birth. Finished collegiate career with 21 wins, 26 complete games, including 8 shutouts (second in school history), as well as 220 career strikeouts. Named to the 2012 Fall and 2013 Spring Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Rolls. Former Windsor High School All-State and All-Conference Connecticut pitcher. She's been a part of the CT Eliminators organization for 12 years and now a coach for the 14U black team.
Jessie Rocha (Pitching), jrrocha27@gmail.com, Jessie is a Junior and Nursing student at Goodwin College. Jessie played one season for the Western CT State University but decided to hang up her spikes to devote more time to her studies leaving insufficient time for college softball. But she remains in the sport teaching at FPN. Jessie has been teaching at FPN for the last 3 seasons. She is a 3 time all-conference pitcher at Northwest Catholic High School and also pitched for the CT Mirage and CT Mirage Gold Travel teams for 8 years.
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 Springfideld College coaching staff while she attends graduate school
  Hitting, Fielding and Catching Instructors
Mark 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.
Davina Hernandez (Hitting, Fielding), dhernand33@gmail.com, 2014 CT High School Coach of the Year, graduated with honors from UMASS-Amherst where she played 4 years for a Division I top 25 team under the legendary Elaine Sortino and was a Division-1 Academic All American. She went on to receive her Master’s and 6th year Degrees in Speech Pathology at UCONN. She won four A-10 Championships and played in the D-I Super Regionals (“Sweet 16”). She earned a spot on the Puerto Rican National Team, which she played on for 5 seasons. She played against and connected with fellow players such as Jenni Finch, Natasha Watley, and Jessica Mendoza. Davina competed in the Pan American Games, 2008 Beijing Olympic Trials (losing in the championship game to Venezuela who secured the 8th spot), and various international invitational tournaments throughout the world. She’s been a hitting/fielding instructor for the past 10 years, but recently won two back-to-back Class LL State Championships as an assistant, and then head coach for Southington High School. Hernandez is also the head coach for the 18U CT Lady Knights.
Jennifer Duell (Catching, Hitting Fielding), Jduell88@gmail.com, Jennifer 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 now a science teacher teacher at Maloney High School and the Softball Head Coach at Platt High School, both in Meriden. In the summer she is a travel ball coach with the CT Eliminators.
Annilise LaRosa (Catching, Hitting, Fielding), a.larosa@my.ccsu.edu, is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University. She has a Psychology degree with a concentration in substance abuse and addiction. She was a catcher and DH for one season at Division III King’s College while she was pursuing a degree in Athletic Training, but then decided to transfer schools and choose a different degree path that involved giving up college softball. She was a Varsity Catcher and 3B all four years of high school, as well as catching for the CT Titans travel team for 6 years. She was All State her junior and senior years in high school. Currently she is pursuing a career at the UConn Health Center while giving back to the sport through coaching. Her specialties are catching and hitting instructions. She has coached with the CT Titans for the past 5 years and is currently the manager of the 18U Green team.
Kelly Paterson, (Hitting, Fielding), patersonk@my.easternct.edu, is a graduate of Eastern CT State University with a degree in social sciences and secondary education. Currently she is pursuing her career in teaching while giving back coaching. While attending Eastern, Kelly helped lead her softball team to two NCAA National Tournaments with 3rd and 5th place finishes in 2010 and 2011, four Little East Conference regular season championships, and two New England Regional championships.  In 2013, Kelly was named to the NFCA All-Region Third team, ECAC First Team All-Star, and first team LEC All-Conference. In 2012 & 2013, Kelly was named to ECSU’s Scholar Athlete list. In her career, Kelly played multiple infield positions while maintaining a strong bat. In the Spring of 2014, Kelly assisted the HS softball team at Norwich Free Academy and helped them lead to their first ECC tournament championship in seven years. Kelly has been a part of the CT Eliminators organization for eight years, and is currently a coach for the CT Eliminators 16U black team.
Shannon Simpkins (Hitting, Slapping, Fielding), Shannon.Simpkins36@gmail.com, Shannon was a four year starter for the Division I University of Hartford Hawks and named captain for 2 years. Simpkins ran the outfield from centerfield in her 4 years at Hartford. In her senior year, she committed only 1 error from centerfield. At the plate she was a right handed power hitter and a left handed slapper who could also hit for power from the left side. Simpkins was awarded America East Honor Roll Accolades in 2009 and 2011 and was awarded the America East Commissioners Award in 2010.  In 2011 she received the National Women in Sports day Mentor Award.  Shannon was also given 1 of the 2 Top Hawk Awards in 2012, her senior year, for outstanding performance, sportsmanship and character. She 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.  Shannon graduated with her BA in Psychology and is finishing her MA in Psychology. She was an assistant coach at the University of Hartford following graduation in 2013 and 2014.
Darrin 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.
Kelly Robichaud (Catching, Hitting Fielding), kproby@sbcglobal.net Kelly is a current junior at Ithaca College, pursuing an Exercise Science and Sports Psychology degree. She is a catcher and designated hitter for the Bombers, who claimed their conference title and a regional appearance in 2014. Before college, Kelly played 6 years for the CT Eliminators where she was a catcher and first baseman. In 2009 they were named Pony National Champions in Cary, North Carolina, She has stayed involved with the organization by coaching a U11 team. Kelly attended East Catholic High School. As a two year captain she helped lead the softball team to a 3rd place finish in the state tournament in 2011. During her four year, she was named All-Conference  3 times and All-State 2 times, as well as Offensive and Defensive player of the year. Kelly is available during the summers and her breaks from college.
  Umpire-In Chief
Mike Almeida, (Umpire-in-Chief), almeidamichael@sbcglobal.netMike has been umpire-in-chief at FPN since we opened in 2008. He is one of the most respected and senior umpires in the state. Mike has umpired at every level (NCAA, High School and Travel) and has traveled the country for major tournaments and the NCAA tournament and regularly does the CT High School tournament Finals and Semi-Finals. He is the USSSA CT State Umpire-in-Chief Emeritus. Mike is considered by his peers one of the top and most professional umpires in the game.