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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.
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.
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.
Shalise Tolentino enters her second year as an assistant softball coach for the Div. II, University of Bridgeport Purple Knights. A 2005 graduate of Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland where was a starter as a third baseman and team captain her senior year. Shalise earned several hitting accolades as a Mountaineer. She is the current single-season record holder for triples, is second in career triples, and is the current freshman class record holder in triples and 8th in doubles. Upon graduating from the Mount with a BS in Psychology Shalise played for the Puerto Rican National Softball Team before moving to Connecticut to attend graduate school at Southern CT State University where she studied Sports Psychology. Her coaching experience include a 3 year stint at Green Farms Academy in Westport, Conn. where she helped lead the Dragons to their first 1st place finish and runner up in the league tournament (2006) in 10 years.
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.
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 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.