Bridgewater, N.J. (June 10, 2013) – Jay Nelson, entering his seventh season with Rutgers softball, has been named head coach of the NY/NJ Comets, the newest program in the National Pro Fastpitch league.
“Jay’s extensive coaching background and passion for the sport makes him the ideal coach for our inaugural season,” stated Owner/GM Michael Neuwirth. “I have followed Rutgers softball over the years and Jay’s connection with his players and fans was apparent.”
Nelson wrapped up his sixth year as head coach of the Rutgers University softball program. Under his leadership, the Rutgers softball program experienced a turnaround with three-consecutive BIG EAST tournament berths, a feat yet to be accomplished since joining the conference in 1996.
“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.”
The NY/NJ Comets are kicking off their inaugural season in 2013. 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.
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.