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FPN Instructors

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. For information and cost of lessons, Click Here.

Jessie Rocha

Jessie Rocha (Pitching)


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 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.

Destinee Meeker

Destinee Meeker (Pitching)


Destinee graduated from Elms College (Chicopee, MA) in 2011 with a degree in elementary education, English, and a minor in coaching. Destinee si a 4th grade teacher in the Holyoke, MA school system. She was a four-year starter, playing in the D3 New England Collegiate Conference. Destinee received 1st team All-NECC player honors, as well as All-Academic honors during her time at Elms. She was former 1st team All-Berkshire league athlete while playing at Litchfield High School, and played for the CT Titans and CT Rapids. Destinee is an assistant coach/pitching coach at Elms College, recently helping to lead the team to winning the 2015 NECC Championship and participation in the Division III NCAA Championship. 

Betsy Harvey

Betsy Harvey (Fielding, Hitting)


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.

Annilise LaRosa

Annilise LaRosa (Catching, Fielding, Hitting)


Annilise 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.

Jennifer Duell

Jennifer Duell (Catching, Fielding, Hitting)


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.

Melissa Perez

Melissa Perez (Fielding, Hitting)


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.

Davina Hernandez

Davina Hernandez (Fielding, Hitting)


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.

Kelly Paterson

Kelly Paterson (Fielding, Hitting)


Kelly 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.

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson (Fielding, Hitting, Slapping)


Stephanie Johnson is a graduate of Eastern CT State University. She has a degree in sport and leisure management with a double concentration in Exercise Science and Sport Performance. While attending Eastern, Stephanie was a four-year starting outfielder and helped lead her softball team to an NCAA National Tournament, four Little East Conference regular season championships, and a New England Regional championship. She ended her senior season with a .372 batting average as a lefty hitter and slapper. Throughout her college career Stephanie has been named first team LEC All-Conference, All-region, NFCA All-Scholar, as well as ECSU’s Scholar Athlete list. She coached with the 16U CT Lady Knights for two years and the 18U CT Eliminators for a year. Stephanie is currently working as a physical therapy aide while she pursues a future career in Physical Therapy.   

Jeff Vincent

Jeff Vincent (Fielding, Hitting, Baseball Pitching)


Jeff is a graduate of Division I Niagara University where he was a 4 year starting outfielder and received a degree in History. His senior year he hit .361 with 19 doubles, 5 triples, 7 home runs, and a record 33 stolen bases. In 2006 he was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 43rd round of the MLB June amateur draft. He played one season in the New York Penn League for the Lowell Spinners. From 2007-2012 in played in the Independent Professional Baseball circuit for 6 different teams throughout the country. His career professional stats were a .268 batting average, 25 triples, 68 doubles, 19 home runs, and 100 stolen bases. He also had 8.1 professional innings pitched. In 2012 he was the graduated baseball assistant at LeMoyne College for the 2012 Northeast-10 Conference Champions. Jeff will teach baseball hitting, fielding and pitching as well as softball hitting. 

Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson (Baseball Pitching)


Tom is a Former 4- year Division I pitcher at Sienna College. Coach Tom has taught and layed 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.

Mike Almeida

Mike Almeida (Umpire-in-Chief)


Mike 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.