Lessons and Instructors

These instructors offer their lessons at FPN. Our new indoor facility will not be open until December but some coaches can do outdoor lessons. Contact the coach directly for more information about them providing you lessons at FPN.

Jessie Griffin (Rocha)

Jessie Griffin (Rocha) (Pitching)

Email: jgriffin@playfpn.com

Jessie played one season for the Western CT State University but hung 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 a former Asst. Coach and Pitching Coach for the East Catholic High School softball team and was pitching consultant/instructor to Bay Path University softball team. She has been teaching at FPN for the last 7 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 part/time Surgical Technologist at UCONN Hospital in Farmington and now manager of Fastpitch Nation Indoor.

Beth Taylor

Beth Taylor (Pitching)

Email: beth.haas@gmail.com

Beth was a 4-year player for the Division I Colgate University softball team, where she holds Top 10 all-time records for most no-hitters, strikeouts, wins, shutouts, appearances, complete games, individual seasons wins, and innings pitched. She captained the team her senior year. Before college, Beth was a 4-year, all-conference and all-state pitcher at Stamford High School. Her senior year, Beth's 20-3 record was highlighted by 44 consecutive scoreless innings, a 0.69 ERA and 235 strikeouts.  After college, Beth became an umpire and started officiating high school games, travel tournaments, and recreation leagues. She took a break from the game when her 2 daughters were born, but started coaching as soon as her oldest was eligible for t-ball. Beth has been coaching teams and teaching pitching lessons for over 10 years. Beth understands how to work with players of all ages and firmly believes the mental and physical aspects of pitching have helped her find success throughout her life in every area. 

Courtney Oliva

Courtney Oliva (Pitching)

Email: courtney.oliva2@yahoo.com

Courtney pitched for Assumption College for four years while she studied Biology and Middle/Secondary Education. She went on to pursue her Master's degree in Molecular and Cell Biology at UConn and played on their club softball team. Courtney has been a pitching instructor for more than 3 years and is still pitching every summer herself. She has a passion for fitness and working with young people, and she can't wait to help you reach your pitching goals!

Carly Williams

Carly Williams (Fielding, Hitting)

Email: carly961vt@gmail.com

Carly Williams played four years of Division I Softball at St. John’s University as a first baseman and designated hitter while she studied childhood education. As a senior she had 83 at bats with a .265 batting averaging, a .425 on base percentage, .566 slugging average, and 7 home runs. As a junior she played a role in the 2015 Big East Softball Champions. She had a .275 batting average, .365 on base percentage, 2 home runs and a .450 slugging percentage. As a sophomore, she finished with a .250 batting average, .348 on base percentage and as a freshman led the team with a .361 batting average, and a .410 on-base percentage. Carly was also part of the Big East All-Academic Team for four years. She was previously a four year starter for the Simsbury High School Varsity Softball team and played travel ball with the CT Mirage. She has continued her passion for softball as a 2020 volunteer varsity assistant coach for the Granby Memorial High School Varsity Softball team assisting with her batting knowledge and experiences. She is looking forward to getting to know you as a batter and helping you grow!