Becky Hall is the owner of the PiT, instructor, and Pit Lady Nationals travel softball manager. Becky attended Southington High School (1989-1991) where she was part of the state championship team in 1990. She attended the University of New Haven on an athletic scholarship and was a starter for her four years of Division II softball. During her career at UNH, Becky received the NECC Rookie of the Year (1992) and All-NECC 1st Team honors (1992) and (1994). She holds career records for UNH softball in Most Runs Scored, Homeruns, Runs Batted In, Stolen Bases, and Walks. Becky has been active in youth softball in southeastern CT. She has coached in Waterford Little League for eight years as well as managed the Lyme-Old Lyme High School softball team for two. She managed the 2017 Waterford Little League All Star 12 year old team who won the CT State Championship and lost in the semi-finals of the Eastern Regionals in Bristol, CT. In addition, Becky established the CT Lady Nationals (now Pit Lady Nationals) travel softball team and has managed teams ranging from 8u-18U for the past seven years.
Hall is also an assistant coach for the CT Charmers 18U Gold Swanchak team. This team competes at some of the biggest tournaments in New England, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey as well as the Diamond 9 Premier Fastpitch events in Orlando, FL.
Prior to opening the PiT, Becky worked for LEARN at the Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School teaching English Language Arts to English language learners for seven years. In 2015, LEARN awarded Becky the Paraprofessional of the Year among its seven schools. She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Minor in Chemistry. Becky resides in Waterford, CT with her two children, Jared and Maddie Burrows, and her husband, Tim Burrows.
Kelli Connors is a 2016 graduate of Florida Southern College, where she became a certified physical education teacher while playing division II softball in the Sunshine State Conference. The 2012 CT Gatorade Player of the Year is eager to continue her transition from player to coach. Kelli has been a pitcher since she was 7 years old and has accumulated many conference, state (2009, 2010 Waterford High School) and regional titles. She has worked with countless coaches and mentors who have provided her with a generous amount of knowledge that she is excited to share with her clients. Kelli has worked as an assistant coach at Ledyard High School and most recently as assistant coach at Guilford High School.
Kelli works full time for Guilford public schools.
Ryan Fuller graduated from Lyme-Old Lyme High School in 2008. After high school, he played for Roger Bidwell at UConn-Avery Point. While at Avery Point, Ryan was named First Team All-Conference and All-New England while his team advanced to the NJCAA World Series and played in the National Championship game. After a successful two years at Avery Point, Ryan continued his playing career at the University of Connecticut. Ryan hit .316, 6 HRs, 58 RBIs during his junior year while his team won the Big East regular-season title, beat Clemson in Regionals, and advanced to the first Super Regional in UConn’s history. For his senior year, Ryan was elected captain by his teammates and coaching staff, and he hit .305, 4 HRs, and 37 RBIs while being named All-Big East and a NEIBA All-Star. After graduating with a degree in English, Ryan was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and played for the AZL Diamondbacks
during the 2012 season. After his playing career ended, Ryan accepted a coaching position at Quinnipiac University where he was the outfield, first base, and assistant hitting coach. Ryan’s coaching stops have ranged from Division I to AAU to the high school level. Over the past eight years, Ryan has given private hitting instruction to professional, college, high school, and youth players around New England. Currently, Ryan works with the Baltimore Orioles organization as a Minor League Hitting Coach in Florida.
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Tim Burrows played baseball at Waterford High School and was a member of the 1988 State Championship Team. After graduating in 1989, he attended the University of New Haven where he was a 4-year starter. In his four years, he made All Conference three times and All New England twice. He led all of college baseball in doubles during his senior season of 1993.
Tim has been coaching baseball players of all ages for the past 25 years. He has been an assistant coach at both Waterford High School and the University of New Haven. For the past seven years, Burrows has coached baseball in Waterford Little League and managed the 2015 11-12 year old All Star team that won the Connecticut State Championship and played in the New England Regionals in Bristol, CT. Currently, Tim manages the 18U Pit Nationals baseball team.
Chris Podeszwa has been a member of his former UConn teammate Jim Penders’ coaching staff since Penders took over as head coach in 2004. Podeszwa’s focus is primarily on the instruction of infielders and hitters. Podeszwa helped the Huskies capture their first-ever American Athletic Conference crown in 2016, helping guide the program to a 38-25 overall mark and its fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven seasons. The 2014 Huskies finished in the top-100 nationally in on-base percentage, placing fourth in The American with a .364 mark. Podeszwa also helped three hitters (Blake Davey, Max McDowell, Bobby Melley) earn All-Conference nods, while Melley was named 2014 NEIBA New England Player of the Year.
In 2013, the Huskies finished with a .270 team batting average and an impressive .365 on-base percentage. UConn scored 318 runs in 63 games, averaging out to 5.05 runs per game. Podeszwa also guided second baseman LJ Mazzilli to an All-America season before he became a fourth round draft pick of the New York Mets.
Podeszwa was an integral part of the 2011 UConn club that won the program’s first-ever BIG EAST Regular Season Championship and advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals for the first time.
In 2010, Podeszwa helped the Huskies’ set new single-season records in hits, runs scored and RBI, besting the records the club set in 2009. UConn recorded 750 hits, 542 runs scored and 492 RBI in 2010.
After graduating from UConn in 1993, Podeszwa served as an envoy coach for Major League Baseball International in New York and Europe. His responsibilities included preparing the German Junior National Team for the European Championships while organizing coordinated clinics for youth players and coaches.
“Dez is a full-time teacher and there is nobody that works harder than he does,” said Penders. “His energy is contagious and his contribution to our success has been outstanding. The fire he had as one of my teammates burns just as hot today as one of our coaches.”
In 1995, Podeszwa moved to Sweden to play and coach for the Skelleftea Bears Baseball Club in Skelleftea, Sweden. His stay in Scandinavia was highlighted by both of his teams capturing the Swedish National Championship.
In 1996, Podeszwa was hired as the assistant baseball coach at Mitchell College in New London, Conn., and in 1998, he became the assistant baseball coach for the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point branch under head coach Roger Bidwell. At Avery Point, Podeszwa helped lead his squads to the NJCAA Region XXI Championship in 1999 and 2000. Avery Point also captured the Northeast Region Championship in 1999 and earned a trip to the NJCAA Division II World Series.
In between summer evaluation and recruiting assignments for the Huskies, Podeszwa continues to serve as an assistant baseball coach for Yarmouth-Dennis of the Cape Cod Baseball League. He enters his 15th season with the Red Sox, who won the league championship in 2004, 2006 and 2007.
Podeszwa played at UConn from 1990-93. He was part of the 1990 BIG EAST Championship club and played every position for the Huskies except center field. He and Penders were teammates at UConn for three seasons.
Podeszwa, who earned a master’s degree in 2003 at Southern Connecticut, is married to UConn alum, Isabella Basile. The couple has three children, Sophia, born May 17, 2000, Connor, born April 1, 2003 and Emilia, born January 5, 2006. They reside in Waterford, Conn.
Sean Donatello graduated from East Lyme High School,Class of 2008. He played two years of varsity then moved on to UCONN Avery Point ‘10 and ‘11. Donatello was selected as NJCAA Division 2 First Team All American in 2011. He was drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 25th round in 2011. In December 2016, he was a Detroit Tigers AAA rule 5 selection. Sean has played 8 minor league seasons, the last three mainly in AA. He was also honored as a Southern League All Star in 2015. Sean played in the Venezuelan Winter League in winter 2016. Sean retired from baseball in the summer of 2018 from the Independent League in Quebec, Canada. He resides in Southington, CT and is pursuing a business degree at the University of Hartford.
Mike Burrows is a current pitcher in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. He was drafted in the 11th round on June 6th of 2018. Prior to being drafted, Burrows played baseball at Waterford High and won a state championship in 2017. In his last year with Waterford he finished 6-0 with a 0.38 earned run average. He walked eight and struck out 98 in 44 innings, allowing just 17 hits. He finished his career by pitching 37 consecutive scoreless innings. He holds a state record for most strikeouts in a 7 inning game with 21. Mike made the all state team in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Now he will begin to work with young athletes in his off-seasons as a Pirate.
Stephen Leonetti has begun his first season as Director of Player Development and Baseball Operations at UCONN. Leonetti joins the UConn staff after one year as the recruiting coordinator and catcher’s coach at San Diego Mesa College, a junior college in the California Community College Athletic Association. Following the junior college season, Leonetti worked as a head coach for the Springfield Sliders Prospect League.
A Woodbury, CT native, Leonetti worked with the Mystic Schooners as an assistant coach for two summers in 2016 and 2017 including a championship season in 2016. During his tenure with the Schooners, he worked as a catcher and corner infield coach while also serving duties of the assistant GM. Leonetti also had coaching stints at Santa Barbara City College (2017), Central Methodist University (2016) and Alexandria Aces Collegiate Summer Baseball Club (2015).
Leonetti currently resides in Old Lyme, Conn. and is a graduate of Roger Williams University (’10) and earned his master’s degree at Milano The New School in New York City.
Paul Scheibelein played varsity baseball at St. John the Baptist High School in West Islip, NY. Paul continued his love of the game by coaching youth baseball in Colchester, CT for over ten years including coordinating training and being a member of the league executive operating board.
Paul has been coaching travel baseball at the 13U through 19U levels for the past 6 years. He received his CT Coaching Certification and is currently an assistant coach for the Bacon Academy High School Varsity baseball team. Paul is currently the head coach for the 15U Pit Nationals baseball team.
Chris Wojick is in his second season as the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at Eastern CT State University after seven seasons in a similar capacity at Wesleyan University.
At Wesleyan, the Uncasville native helped the Cardinals to consecutive 30-win seasons that resulted in NCAA regional tournament berths in 2014 and 2015. His pitching staffs at Wesleyan compiled three of the top four team ERA marks in program history, including leading nation in 2015.
Chris is a graduate of Eastern CT State University where he was captain, two time All Little East and All New England.
Erin Miller is a 2011 graduate from Waterford High School where she was a part of
two state championship teams. She continued her softball career as a pitcher at
Eastern Connecticut State University where she earned her degree in Sports and
Leisure Management, graduating in 2015. While at Eastern she was a part of two
Little East Conference (LEC) Championships along with two NCAA Regional
Tournament appearances; earning honors such as LEC Pitcher of the Year (2014),
First Team All-Conference (2014) and LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Following her career at Eastern she went on to be a pitching coach for the
U.S. Coast Guard Academy from 2015-2017 and then Smith College from 2017-2019.
While at Smith she also earned her Master’s degree in Sport and Leisure
Management, a Level 5 Coaching Accreditation program. Erin is extremely
passionate about the game of softball and enjoys helping athletes discover their
hidden talents with hard work, dedication and a little bit of fun!
Erin is currently the head softball coach at Mitchell College in New London, CT.