New Canaan Softball, New Canaan Girls Softball

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CT Rams Head Coach: Rita Jagodzinski 

Born and raised in Stamford Connecticut grew up playing Softball and has loved the game ever since.

Softball related background:

  • 4-year Varsity starter at Stamford Catholic High School
  • ALL FCIAC 1st Team Honors
  • She has coached and played at competitive Travel Leagues
  • Competed against many former National Olympic Gold Team Members. 
  • High School Softball Coach at Trinity Catholic, both, as an Assistant and Head Varsity Coach. 
  • Trinity Catholic girls conditioning specialists for both the softball and basketball programs  
  • Currently coaches at the Darien High School Softball Program and was the Head Coach of the Stamford Stars 8U 2019, State Championship Team, who will be heading to the Babe Ruth World Series this summer. 

Rita coaches and mentors each player, through private lessons, to improve and enhance their skills to reach the next level.  With her extensive fitness knowledge, education and expertise she has been instrumental in assisting athletes who want to play at the collegiate level.    

Rita’s background is in exercise and fitness graduating from Springfield College where she earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science.  Her love for fitness has brought her full circle to nutrition.  Rita’s passion for nutrition and overall health has helped many clients (of all ages, children to adults) achieve their overall well-being goals. 

Rita’s coaches and leads by example. Her main goal is to first teach and instruct the game of softball the way it was meant to be played and to empower young athletes’ and instills confidence in them both on and off the field. 

She resides in Stamford, Connecticut and owns a successful Fitness Training and Consulting company for over 15 years. She had helped many clients from Fairfield County reach and maintain their health and fitness goals.


CT Rams Assistant Coach and NC Rams Instructor: Kara Orr

  • 3 year starting Varsity Pitcher for Danbury High School
  • USA Elite Fastpitch Softball Training
  • Starting pitcher for Long Island Bandits 18u Gold Elite Team
  • Pitcher for Merrimack College (Division I)
  • Professional Pitching Coach / Instructor
  • 2019 12u NC Rams Travel Softball Coach


12u NC Rams Head Coach: Elliott Morales

  • 4 year Varsity Baseball starter at Brien McMahon and Norwalk High Schools
  • Captain Junior and Senior year at Norwalk High School & All FCIAC Junior and Senior year at Norwalk High School
  • Youth Baseball/Softball Instructor for 16 years
  • (4) year softball coach with Joel Barlow High School's Varsity team that went on to win the South West Conference State Championship in 2017
  • (2) year head softball coach with Stamford High School's JV team
  • Travel Softball coach in 2016 for teams in Westport and Newtown
  • Professional coach/instructor at Integrated Sports Training (IST) in Norwalk and Chelsea Piers in Stamford


12u NC Rams Assistant Coach: Quianna Diaz-Patterson

  • 4 year Varsity Softball Starter at Nashua High School (NH) and Amherst-Pelham Regional School (MA)
  • 4 year Varsity Letter Winner at Short Stop and Four-Time MVP Award Winner
  • Holds perfect record of 107-107 in stolen base attempt for high school career
  • 4 year starter at UMASS Amherst with Nationally ranked (3rd) batting average (.504) her senior year
  • ECAC Rookie of the Year in 2012 and ECAC Division I player of the year (2015)
  • Participant of the Caronno-Pertusella Rheavadora in Italy and MVP of the Italian ISF League in 2016
  • Player on the Puerto Rican National Team
  • Bronze Medal Winner in PanAmerican Games, Gold Medal Winner in Central American Games, Broze Medal Winner in Pan American Tournament, All Star selection of the Canadian Cup for Second Base


10u NC Rams Head Coach: Mike Lanuk

  • Girls softball umpire since 1996
  • Girls youth softball coach since 1999
  • Provided individual softball instruction for girls ages 8-18 from 2000-2009
  • Fall 2018 New Canaan Pride (12u) Travel Softball Team Co-Coach
  • Current player/manager for several men’s/coed softball teams
  • 2019-20  New Canaan Rams (10u) Head Travel Softball Coach