Bridgewater, NJ – March 14, 2013 – Owner/GM, Michael Neuwirth announced today that Rutgers softball coach Jay Nelson has been named head coach of the NY/NJ Comets.
“Jay’s extensive coaching background and passion for the sport makes him the ideal coach for our inaugural season,” stated Neuwirth. “I have followed Rutgers softball over the years and Jay’s connection with his players and fans was apparent.”
Nelson is in his sixth year as head coach of the Rutgers University softball program. Under his leadership, the Rutgers softball program experienced a turnaround with back to back Big East tournament berths in 2010 and 2011. Prior to Rutgers, Nelson served as an assistant coach at Seton Hall University for ten years, where he helped guide them to two Big East Conference championships. Prior to Seton Hall, Nelson served as head coach of the Mountain Lakes High School softball team for twelve years and played competitively for the New Jersey Windmillers men’s fast pitch team.
“I am looking forward to being a great representative of the team and league,“ stated Nelson. “To grow this league we need everyone on board doing the best they can and setting a good example to create an environment for young ladies to show their talent and their love for the game.”
About NY/NJ Comets: The NY/NJ Comets are kicking off their inaugural season in 2013 as the newest member of National Pro Fastpitch. Games are being played at minor league baseball venues in New York and New Jersey, with an outreach series in Pennsylvania. For more information about the NY/NJ Comets and to order game tickets, visit www.cometsprosoftball.com.
About National Pro Fastpitch: National Pro Fastpitch is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball since 2002.