Our PFP Team has been chosen because we deliver the highest level of instruction with clarity, certainty and conviction. Our standards of excellence embrace the ideals of pride, passion, persistence and professionalism.  We have competed at the elite level, we believe in PFP Nation and most importantly, we make the careers and character development of our students a priority.



PFP Founder.  Rutgers University, B.S; University of Rhode Island, M.B.A.  Rutgers Captain winning Atlantic 10 All-Conference, All-Academic, All-Northeast Region Honors, A-10 Championship and NCAA Regional berth. A Topton VIP alumna, First Team All-American, and USA National Team Camp/Olympic Team Trials participant. Served as assistant coach at URI and consultant for Boston University, Bryant University and USCGA and coach for several professional and Olympic pitchers.  Founder of Sportology Science.  Director of Elaine Sortino Softball School and Champions Festival, speaker at NFCA and World Softball Coaches Conventions. Endorses Adidas, Softball Power Drive, Right View Pro, EvoShield, Jennie Finch Pitching Mat, XProTex, and RevFire.  Partner of NCSA.  Co-inventor of Ballistics Software.  Currently collaborating with MGH’s Dr. Luke Oh and Donna Moxley-Scarborough in a pitching study.

2007 Graduate of Fairfield University earning a B.S. degree.   As a pitcher at Fairfield, Roberts was named a 2007 NFCA All America Scholar Athlete.  Roberts’ hometown is Woonsocket, RI.  She is a Graduate of Mount Saint Charles Academy.  

Since becoming a coach at PFP in 2007, Kate has been the lead hitting instructor for the Varsity School, Futures Program and Hitrz Club. She is a top level pitching instructor.  Kate is also the Director of Operations at Planet Fastpitch.  

Kate is one of Denise’s “Originals” being a member of the PFP family for over 20 years.

Brandice Balschmiter is a 2010 graduate of the University of Massachusetts earning a B.A. in Studio Arts. Brandice was a four-year starter for UMass from 2006-09 where she compiled a 126-33 record with a 0.99 earned run average. She ended her career with 1,218 strikeouts, which, at the time, ranked 21st in NCAA Division I history. Additionally, her 126 victories are currently ranked 10th nationally, her 137 complete games are tied for 11th and her 68 shutouts are tied for 14th. While at UMass she recorded 3 perfect games and compiled 10 no-hitters.  The native of Newark, N.Y. was named the Atlantic 10 Pitcher of the Year and Tournament Most Outstanding Player a record 4 years in a row, in addition to being named A-10 Pitcher of the Week a record 28 times. Brandice was the fifth overall pick in the 2009 National Pro Fastpitch Draft by the Chicago Bandits where she helped the team to the regular-season crown. She was a member of the 2009 Pan American Qualifier Gold Medal squad and an alternate for the 2010 U.S. National Team. Brandice returned to UMass in the fall of 2012 as an Assistant Coach. Prior to 2012 Brandice spent three years at Planet Fastpitch where she was an instructor.

Elena Bowman comes to Planet Fastpitch as a 2016 Manhattan College Graduate where she earned a B.S. in Business Management. Elena was a 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award Nominee as well as Top 10 Finalist across Division I Softball for the Senior Class award which is an honor determined by athletic and academic achievement as well as leadership characteristics and notable impact within the community. Throughout her career at Manhattan College, Elena was also unanimously named the 2015 MAAC Player of the Year; she was a four time All-MAAC Team selection, a four time All-MAAC Academic Team selection and a 2015 Capital One First-Team Academic All-American. Elena was one of the most prolific MAAC players in history and is currently Manhattan College’s all-time homerun leader at 52 as well as the Jasper’s career leader in slugging percentage, walks and games played. She also ranks top three in program history in hits, doubles, RBI and runs scored. Elena is extremely passionate about growing the game and we are very excited to have her on our team. She will be providing instruction in catching, fielding, throwing and hitting as well as taking the lead on several organizational projects to further our mission to innovate training and revolutionize the game.








Kim brings 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to Planet Fastpitch.  She is the head coach at Johnson and Wales University.  In her 1st season she led the Wildcats to their first ever Great Northeast Athletic Conference Championship and an appearance in an NCAA Regional where the team earned their 1st ever victory in the NCAA tournament.  In her second year she led the Wildcats to their second Conference Championship.  Prior to this she was the head coach at Drexel University and served as an assistant coach at UNC Wilmington.  Before coaching career began she played four years at University of Rhode Island and was voted Team Captain.  And just after graduation, Kim worked at PFP as an instructor.   In her career Camara has coached 6 catchers who have received 1st Team All-Conference honors, one catcher named 1st  Team All-Region and one who played for the Canadian National Team.  PFP is so fortunate to have Kim return “home”.

Olivia Gamache is a 2014 graduate of Tennessee State University where she earned a B.S. degree in Health Sciences with a concentration in Athletic Training. Olivia’s senior year was her most successful year during which she posted a career best 3.20 ERA while throwing over 120 innings and striking out 89 batters. Her career best in single-game strikeouts came against North Carolina A&T when she fanned nine batters. Olivia picked up the win in her final game for the Tigers, beating Belmont 5-3, giving up only one run in five innings. Her collegiate career placed her on seven Career Top 10 lists. She is also listed six times in the single season record books in five categories. In her Senior year of high school in 2010 she led her Exeter West Greenwich HS team to the State Title. During this time Olivia was named first team all-division and first team all-state. Olivia is also a  PFP Varsity School Alum. She still attends class weekly to catch for her sister, Janelle. Currently, Olivia is the Pitching Coach at The University of Rhode Island.


Danielle Deraney is a softball coach for the Concord Raiders program and former top player and co-captain for Providence College. As a three-year starting first baseman for the Friars, Danielle was a 2014 2nd Team Big East All Star, tallying a .319 batting average and .986 fielding percentage. Danielle played for Shrewsbury High School and the Concord Raiders. She instructs softball hitting, slapping, and infield defense.

Dani is very excited to lead the Slaprz Club and be a part of the Veteran Staff at PFP!


Ashton Wince is a 2017 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Amherst earning a Bachelor’s Degree with Independent Concentration in Sport’s Leadership. While at UMASS, she was a four-year starter (catcher and third base) and hit over .300 her Sophomore year. In addition, she has also served as an assistant coach for the Vienna Stars travel team in Northern Virginia for two years and continues to give back to younger players in the Stars organization. She has also been involved with the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team helping the team with practice and running camps. For the last two years Ashton interned for Wilson Sporting Goods representing all Wilson, Demarini, Louisville Slugger, and Evoshield products across the country. Ashton is very excited to not only help young athletes but to also learn the PFP culture and curriculum.  She will be providing instruction on hitting, catching, fielding, and throwing as well as working on PFP projects to advance the PFP mission.


Lydia Hanewich is a 2017 graduate of Clemson University where she earned a B.S. degree in Health Science with a minor in Athletic Leadership. Lydia trained in the PFP Varsity Program for five years and played softball at the University of Mary Washington before transferring to Clemson to pursue rowing. During Lydia’s athletic career at Clemson, she rowed in Clemson’s top Varsity 8+ boat and received the Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athlete Award in years 2016 and 2017. She was also named the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) All American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year 2016.  Lydia is a Certified Functional Strength Coach and has gained great experience in the field while interning at Mike Boyle Strength & Conditioning and Clemson ‘s Olympic Weight Room. Currently Lydia is a MBA graduate student at Clemson and is also working as a strength coach at Velocity Sports Performance. After Lydia graduates, she aspires to open up her own strength and conditioning facility specifically for female athletes and may consider training for the Women’s National Lightweight Rowing team.


A PFP Varsity School Alum and 2017 graduate of Assumption College in Worcester, MA, Cassie was a 4-year utility starter and captain of the Greyhounds in her senior season. The Amesbury, MA native graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Business Management. She attended Planet Fastpitch for four years in high school, where her love of the game grew to new levels. As her knowledge of hitting, pitching, catching and the intricacies of the game increased, she knew that she would continue on to be a coach. Currently, Cassie is an assistant coach at Fitchburg State University and is excited to move to the next phase of her softball career as an instructor. She looks forward to living the PFP mission and inspiring young athletes to reach their full potential as a person and a player, and to continuing to hold a utility position at PFP, doing whatever is needed of her.



Lauren is a 2017 graduate of Amherst College and proud PFP Varsity school alum. She currently works as the Post Baccalaureate Fellow in the Amherst College English department. At Amherst, Lauren was a four-year member of the softball team, and was a captain in her senior year. Her primary position was pitcher, but she also played first base and outfield for the Mammoths. She earned NESCAC All-Academic team recognition in her sophomore, junior, and senior seasons.  She was a member of Amherst teams that made post-season appearances in her junior and senior seasons. In her senior year, the Mammoths finished second in the NESCAC, earned a NCAA tournament bid and finished fifth in all of Division III softball, playing in the Division III College World Series held at Hall of Fame stadium in Oklahoma City.  During her senior season, she was named First Team National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Division III All-New England, second team All-NESCAC, and the Most Valuable Player of the Amherst Super Regional tournament, leading the team that year with a .422 batting average and a .476 on base percentage.  Before Amherst, Lauren attended Leicester High School, and led the Wolverines to four consecutive post-season appearances, including a district championship in her sophomore season.  Lauren is excited and honored to have the opportunity to return to PFP as an instructor and to work with the next generation of softball players in the same formative and dynamic PFP community she was lucky enough to be part of during her playing days.


Emma is a 2016 graduate of UMASS where she majored in Art Education with a minor in Art History. Her college career began with a scholarship to Division 1 East Carolina University before she settled at UMass/Amherst under the love and guidance from Coach Sortino.  Unfortunately, injuries and their subsequent surgical repairs kept her on the sidelines for two seasons. As a highly decorated pitcher at Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, MA, Emma not only accumulated a record breaking 1002 career strike-outs, she was named ESPN RISE Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year for the 2011 season. A student of Denise’s, Emma is grateful for the opportunity to “pay it forward” by sharing her knowledge and experience with aspiring young athletes everywhere.  Currently, Emma is the pitching coach for the Williams College softball program as well as a full-time art teacher at JFK Middle School in Florence, MA.


Emily Gray is a 2017 graduate from the University of Massachusetts Boston earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Emily trained as a pitcher in the PFP Varsity Program for three years. While at UMass, she was a 3-year starting pitcher. Her years of training at PFP led her to take her education in softball to various levels. She has provided pitching clinics to recreational league organizations in the Southcoast to help develop their young pitching programs.  Emily has been a USA Softball umpire for the past six years and has helped teach young girls umpiring basics through JO umpiring programs. In addition, she has also served as a coach in the Southcoast Scream travel team organization in Acushnet, MA for the past two years. Emily is excited to continue to expand her knowledge as a teacher of the game and to continue to help and inspire young athletes.