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. 

  FPN Instructors
Taylor Wigmore (Pitching, Strength & Conditioning, Slapping),  WIGMORE@hartford.edu, Taylor was a four-year starter for the Division II Limestone College Saints; spending time in both the pitching circle and the outfield. She was named All-Conference as a freshman with a .321 batting average (second highest on the team).  As well as earning a spot on the All-Tournament team as a pitcher her senior year in 2014. Along with playing colligate softball Taylor was also a competitive power lifter, holding national records for both the Women’s Raw 125lb and 132lb weight classes. She is currently Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Hartford. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with and emphasis in Strength and Conditioning and a minor in Coaching.
Jessie Rocha (Pitching), jrrocha27@gmail.com, Jessie is a  college junior and Surgical Technology student at Springfield Technical 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 4 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. 
Betsy Harvey (Hitting, Pitching, Fielding, Catching),  betsyharvey12@gmail.com, Betsy graduated with honors from Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT) in 2009.  She was a 4 year starter playing in the D-1 Northeast Conference.  In 2009 was a member of NEC Conference championship team and named to the NEC All-Tournament Team.  Participated in New England Regional at UMASS vs. then number 1 team in the country the University of Washington.  She was a former All Northwest Conference and All New Britain Herald player while playing at Farmington High School. Since graduating from Sacred Heart, she was the head coach for the CT Shock and more recently for the CT Eliminators Gold teams. She was a former member of the CT Eliminators during her playing days. Betsy has been giving individual instruction in hitting, pitching, fielding, and catching for the past six years.  She is currently a Para-Professional in Special Services for the Bristol Public School System, and has been the varsity head softball coach at Farmington High School for the past five seasons.
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.
  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.