A team of highly experienced instructors in fastpitch softball choose to offer their lessons at our facility. They stand ready to work with your children to help them achieve their softball ambitions. Contact us or the coach directly for more information.
Jessie played one season for the Western CT State University but hang up her spikes to devote more time to her studies. But she remained in the sport teaching at FPN and in High School. Jessie is the Asst. Coach and Pitching Coach for the East Catholic High School softball team and has been a pitching consultant/instructor to Bay Path University softball team. She has been teaching at FPN for the last 6 seasons and is a 3 time all-conference pitcher at Northwest Catholic High School. She also pitched for the CT Mirage and CT Mirage Gold Travel teams for 8 years. Jessie is a Surgical Technologist at UCONN Hospital in Farmington.
Julie Marks was a 4-year player at Division 1 Central Connecticut State University Division. Julie started coaching as an assistant in 2011 through today with the CT Mirage Gold Travel softball team. She has been giving pitching lessons since 2014. Julie is from Granby, CT and began her travel ball career playing for CT Mirage Softball when she was 13. She a 4-year starting pitcher for Granby Memorial High School. She looks forward to helping her students obtain their goals of pitching at the next level whether it be on a travel team or at the collegiate level.
Samantha Esque is the pitching coach for the Division I University of Hartford. She coaches previously at Wagner College. Prior to her coaching career, Esque was a standout pitcher for Post University. As a two-year captain for the Eagles, Esque was named CACC Pitcher of the Year in 2015 and 2016, DII CAA East Region Pitcher of the Year in 2016 and earned a spot on the All-ECAC Team in 2016. As a senior, the Springfield, Pa., native was 19-7 with a pair of saves in 31 appearances, including 23 starts in 2016. Esque posted a 1.33 ERA over 178.2 innings of work, while also striking out 149 batters compared to just 15 walks. Her 10 shutouts ranked fourth in NCAA Division II, and she owns Post’s school record in the category with 20 career shutouts. After graduating from Post, Esque played a season professionally in Orebro, Sweden. While there, she traveled the country running youth pitching clinics and being an ambassador for the sport. Due too NCAA recruiting rules Samantha can only work with players up to 8th grade. She is barred from coaching any high school players.
Courtney graduated cum laude from Assumption College in Spring 2017 with degrees in biology and middle/secondary education. She is pursuing her Master's degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology at UConn. A four-year starter at Assumption, she was named to the Assumption College Student-Athlete Honor Roll twice and earned Assumption College Student-Athlete Director's Citation in 2015. She was named a member of the Northeast-10 Weekly Honor Roll four times. Before Assumption College, Courtney played for the CT Bombers, Central Mass Rapids Gold, and CT Green Devils, and she has continued her pitching career for NWS Elite.
Melissa started her college career at the University of Rhode Island studying Elementary Education. She was the freshman starting second basemen, playing in the DI Atlantic 10 Conference. Melissa contributed to landing her team in the A10 Conference Tournament in 2010. She then continued her college education and softball career at Dowling College (Long Island, NY) and graduated with a bachelors degree in Special Education and Elementary Education. As a three- year starter, Melissa lead Dowling College to three appearances to the ECC DII Conference Tournament and two appearance to DII Regionals. She also helped her team rank No. 7 in the country in 2011. Melissa has been giving hitting and fielding instruction for the past six years. She is currently pursuing her career as a Special Education Teacher as well as coaching at New Britain High School.
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.
2014 CT High School Coach of the Year, and 3-time LL State Champion Head Coach of Southington High School. She 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. Hernandez is also the head coach for the 18U CT Lady Knights.
Tom is a Former 4- year Division I pitcher at Siena College. Coach Tom has taught and played at all levels of the game. Coach Tom encourages the mental aspects of pitching along side the physical demands associated with this exciting position. Your pitcher will develop an understanding of the many aspects required in an encouraging environment so he grows as a player and fan of this grand game. Come have your son or team see what this lefty has been preaching all around the country.