The TEAM

Jackie Sasko

Owner / Softball Director - Pitching, Hitting & Defense 

Softball has been Jackie Sasko's passion for more than half of her life. She is dedicated and committed to the game as the Owner of TeamGTP (with 10 years of instructional experience), a Pitching Coach at Georgian Court University and Co Owner of Game Time Performance. She not only teaches the skills needed to be successful on the diamond, but she also prepares her players for the mental aspect of the game.

 

A graduate of Steinert High School, where she was a three time Varsity letter winner and pitched her way to a New Jersey Group IV State Championship. She also made the New Jersey All State Team two years in a row and was named Mercer County Tournament MVP her senior year. After high school, her softball journey started. She attended C.W. Post on a softball scholarship for 3 semesters and then transferred to Mercer County Community College. At MCCC she lead her team to the Junior College World Series and was named an All- American. After MCCC, she finished up her collegiate softball career at Rowan University. Jackie was name an All-American and an Academic All American her junior year. At the end of her senior year she was named Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division III National Player of the week, NJAC Conference Pitcher of the Year, was named first team All-American.


Jackie graduated from Rowan University with an American Studies degree, but her passion is softball. While finishing up her last semester at Rowan she started her GTP Softball Academy which has resulted in ownership of TeamGTP - Baseball&Softball Training. While giving lessons at GTP she also spent some time on the field. She was the Assistant Coach and Pitching Coach in the Jersey Nightmare Organization for 5 years, was an assistant coach at Steinert High School and coached in the NJ Cheetah Organization for 2 years. She is currently coaching at Georgian Court University as their Pitching Coach. 

Jean Ruppert

Assistant Softball Director - Hitting, Catching, Slapping & Defense 

Jean has been actively involved in softball as a player and as a Coach for more than 25 years . Her coaching experiences include High School, Collegiate and travel play. She has also served as a clinician for a number of years and has directed summer softball camps as well in the Mercer County Area working with girls of all ages and all abilities. She has been involved in the recruiting process from all perspectives - Recruiting Combine Instructor, Skill Video Director, and College recruiter. She is an active student of the game, attending area clinics to continually develop her knowledge and skill. In addition to softball Jean has coaching and playing experience in Field Hockey and will be the program director for our newest venture. 

Michelle Walsh

Hitting, Slapping & Defense

The 2000 Rider female athlete of the year, Michelle earned All-East honors as a shortstop, leading the MAAC with a .397 batting average. She finished among the top nine in the MAAC in hits, doubles, triples, runs scored, home runs and stolen bases. She graduated eighth in Rider career hits with 173. Michele set a Rider record for career doubles with 45. In addition, Michelle graduated with a Rider career record 2,777 assists in volleyball, including 684 as a senior. She was a MAAC All-Academic team member in both volleyball and softball.

Lisa Rich

Pitching, Hitting & Defense 

 A graduate of Hopewell Valley Central High School Lisa spend her tenure pitching for the bulldogs. Her senior year she lead the team as a captain and in the circle with 142 innings pitched, 2.07 ERA and 138 strike outs while also leading the team in slugging % and doubles. After graduation Lisa continued her softball career at Millersville University. Eventually deciding to end her career early at the collegiate level she continued to play competitive fast pitch while finishing up her degree in Technology Education and minor in Athletic Coaching.

 

Lisa began her coaching career at the age of 19 as a head coach for the Hopewell Valley Renegade Travel Organization then decided to follow her players to her alma mater as a coach for Hopewell Valley HS. Lisa is now the head softball coach at Robbinsville High School where she lead the team to a Mercer County Tournament Championship and #1 seed in the Central Jersey Group II State Tournament in 2016. Lisa looks forward to not only sharing her passion for the game, but also her knowledge to help young athletes make the most of every opportunity. There's nothing better than working with young athletes that have just as much love and respect for the game! 

Ashleigh Johnson

Pitching, Hitting & Defense 

Ashleigh started her collegiate career at Burlington County College on a full scholarship as a pitcher for 2 years. For her first year at BCC her ERA was 1.96 and 1.78 her second year for an overall 40 games pitched.. Sophomore Year she was ranked as 39th Division II pitcher in the Nation. She was part of the BCC team each year that earned the title of Undefeated Garden State Champions. Her journey did not end there. Johnson transferred to Rutgers Camden where she finished the 2012 season with a 2.84 ERA and a 2.02 ERA in her senior year. Her overall record at Rutgers Camden was 18-18.

Ashleigh graduated from Rutgers in 2014 with a BA in Liberal Arts as a History Major with a Minor in Psychology; planning on working in Education. After she graduated College she started coaching as the volunteer assistant coach at Bordentown Middle School for the 2014, 2015, and 2016 seasons. In 2017, Ashleigh was appointed the Bordentown Regional High School Junior Varsity Coach and assisted with the Varsity team. Her coaching carrier did not end there as she has spent many years coaching travel softball. She coached with the Lower Bucks Lady Lions organization from August 2015-July 2016 and the Central Jersey A's organization from August 2016-July 2017. This year I will be the assistant coach for the 16u Cheetahs team.

Trish Carroll

Hitting, Slapping & Defense

Tricia Carroll has coached at the collegiate level for 30 years. During her 21 years at the helm of the Rider University softball team, she led her team to three MAAC Conference Championships, two finals, and one semi-final. Her teams have included five Hall of Famers, including GTP’s own, Michelle Walsh.

 

Tricia was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the year for guiding a young (no seniors) team to its first berth in the MAAC Tournament and to the MAAC Championship. She was also named the Rider University Coach of the Year. Tricia has run winter softball clinics at Rider for children ages 8-18 for two decades.

 

She served as the Sports Commissioner for softball at the 2014 Special Olympic USA Games, which were the largest Special Olympics national games ever, with more than 3,500 athletes from every state. Tricia continues to volunteer for Special Olympics and is currently collaborating to create a new coaching guide that will help coaches to best encourage and empower athletes with intellectual disabilities. Her greatest joy is providing opportunities, through the power of sport, for all people to realize their potential, to develop physical fitness, to demonstrate courage, to experience friendship and acceptance of all.

Danielle Carey

Hitting, Catching & Defense

Danielle Carey resides in Maple Shade NJ where softball has always been a large focus in her
life. She played four years as a varsity catcher, where she received first team all-county all four
years. After high school, she played four years at the collegiate level, two years at Burlington
County College where she played catcher and infield. She then transferred to TCNJ to further her
education and softball career. For the remainder of her college career she played third base and
DH. Danielle studied Health and Exercise Science with a focus in Health and Physical Education
K-12. Danielle has coached teams of 8U and 10U from her home town. She also coached a 14U
team where she won her first championship as a coach. Danielle currently coaches for the New
Jersey Cheetahs 18U Gold team. As a Physical Education Teacher Danielle enjoys teaching high
school students how to live a healthy and active lifestyle. She also coaches at the high school
level for Rancocas Valley. She looks forward to helping teach other players the skills of the
game. She brings energy and excitement and is excited to pass on the love of the game to
younger athletes in all aspects of the game.

Danae Pesce

Hitting & Defense

Danae Stillitano Pesce is the current Notre Dame High School JV Softball Coach and she also coaches the 12U Central Jersey A's travel softball team.  Danae graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1995 and was an All County, All Area, and All State Selection as well as the Mercer County Player of the Year.  She led the Irish to their first ever Mercer County Tournament Title and their first ever State Championship appearance.  Danae moved on to play Division 1 softball on a full scholarship at Monmouth University where she was a 2 time Regional All American and led the Hawks to its first ever NEC regular season championship.  She was the Northeast Conference's Rookie of the Year in 1996 and the Northeast Conference Player of the Year in 1998.  She continues to hold the all time hits record with 225, the all time triples record with 30, and the all time runs scored record with 153.  She was named the Monmouth University Female Athlete of the Year on 2 occasions (1998, 1999) and was named the Monmouth University Woman of the Year in 1999.  She was inducted into both the Notre Dame High School Athletic Hall of Fame and the Monmouth University Athletic Hall of Fame for all of her accomplishments on the softball field.  

Jenna Rodriguez

Pitching, Hitting & Defense 

Jenna Rodriguez attended New Egypt High School where she competed for three New Jersey State Championships; winning two. During her high school career she was an All Area, First team pitcher winning many honor awards. Jenna received a Softball Scholarship to Franklin Pierce University, where she was the starting freshman pitcher. She then transferred to Cabrini University in 2016 to finish out her softball career. Here, she was the pitcher in three divisional championships for her team. During Jenna’s time at Cabrini University she was granted CSAC All-Academic Team three years in a row. She graduated from Cabrini University in 2018 with a major in Biology and a minor in Exercise Science. Jenna Currently works at Strive Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation and plans on continuing her education to earn her Doctorate of Physical Therapy. Jenna has been a coach for various travel organizations for the last 5 years. She served as a Jersey Inferno coach and is currently the head coach of New Jersey Ruthless 14u. After 18 years of playing competitive softball, Jenna is hanging up her cleats and is excited to pass on her passion of the sport to young aspiring pitchers.

Danielle Budden

Hitting, Defense & Pitching

Danielle is a former division I athlete at Hampton University coming to us with over 15 years of experience in and around the sport.  During her years at Hampton she fielded a career .943% with 314 PO, 333 A, and only 39 career errors. Danielle hit a career .283% with 139 H, 94 R, and a slugging % of .407.  She was named First Team all MEAC, Second Team all State, and Hampton University Rookie of The Year. Danielle participated in not only softball but Volleyball, Soccer, Track & Field, and Cross Country. She believes that these other experiences shaped her into the athlete she is today and uses those experiences to bring the best out of her players while coaching! Danielles passion for the game and varying athletic knowledge will bring depth and heart to the athletes of GTP!

Julia Waraksy

Pitching, Defense & Hitting

Julia Waraksy graduated as a Division I athlete from the University of Rhode Island in 2019. Her
senior year, she appeared in 22 games, making three starts and graduated as a program record
holder with most career saves. Her junior year, she was named Atlantic 10 Co-Pitcher of the
Week and the team’s top relief pitcher. At URI she majored in Journalism with a double minor in
English and Writing. Julia played AAU ball for Rick Waye, Rock Gold. Before
committing to URI Julia attended Notre Dame High School from 2010-2012 where she led her
team to win a CVC Championship, along with pitching a no-hitter her sophomore year. After
transferring to Hopewell Valley High School her junior year, she went 6-4 with 73 strikeouts in
84.2 innings pitched. Julia has coached many different age groups for the past 2-3 years and
wants to continue to have an impact on young girls. Now as a retired Division I collegiate
athlete, Julia is more than ready to help teach and share her knowledge of the game of softball.

Macy Cutshaw

Hitting, Catching & Defense

Macy has loved softball since the first day she stepped on the field at the ripe old age of 4. She played on three teams every season growing up because she couldn’t get enough of the game. She then became a four year varsity player at Burlington City High school. Even though she started her softball career as an infielder she found her true passion for catching in high school. Her sophomore and junior year she earned 2nd team all-conference catcher honors. Her senior year she earned 1st team all-conference, all-county, and all South Jersey honors. Coming out of high school she received a scholarship to play at BCC, Burlington County College. During Macy’s freshman year she helped her team become the undefeated NJCAA division II state champs. Halfway during her second year at BCC she was approached by the head coach of Fairfield University after a scrimmage, and was offered a scholarship to continue her softball career at FU. For the remainder of her college career she was a catcher and DH. All three years Fairfield reached the conference championship, just to barely fall short each time. In 2013, Macy graduated with a bachelor’s degree, majoring in Psychology. After retiring from the game as a player Macy could not stay away from the game for long. Training and helping young girls succeed in the game they love has become a passion for her. She brings fun, energy, and discipline to each and every aspect of the game.

Nicole Degenhardt

Hitting & Defense 

Degenhardt enters her third season with the Lions after leading NCAA Division III College of Saint Elizabeth softball from 2012-15. The former North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Coach of the Year also served as the floor general of the Saint Elizabeth women's basketball team since 2011.

Nicole, a former three-sport athlete at Felician College, earned All-CACC honors in softball and volleyball before graduating in 2011 with a degree in Mathematics Education/Special Education. Upon graduation, the Secaucus, New Jersey native taught high school and middle school mathematics in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey before accepting the position of  Associate Athletic Director/Recruiting Coordinator at Saint Elizabeth.  

Christine (Petrilla) Ridge

Pitching, Hitting & Defense 

Christine is a 2008 graduate of Steinert High School, where she was a three-year Varsity letter winner in softball and a four-year Varsity letter winner in tennis.  As a first baseman and pitcher, Christine was an all-CVC performer and helped lead the Spartans to the 2006 Central Jersey Group IV championship and the 2007 Mercer County Tournament championship.  Christine continued her softball career at DeSales University (NCAA III) as a four-year starter at first base and pitcher.  As a Bulldog, she set single-season school records for doubles and relief appearances in the same season and finished her career 9th in games played, 9th in hits, 10th in doubles, 1st in relief appearances, 6th in ERA, 7th in strikeouts, and 9th in innings pitched.  Christine was named to the All-MAC Freedom Conference team twice, All-Region team once, and Academic All-American team three times and was the 2012 MAC Softball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

 

Christine graduated from DeSales University in 2012 with a B.A. in History and Secondary Education and earned her M.B.A. from Rosemont College in 2014 where she worked in the Department of Residence Life and served as the Assistant Softball Coach for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  She also was an assistant coach for the 14U Jersey Nightmare travel team in 2011 and the 14U Jersey Select travel team in 2012.  Christine’s passion for softball was born 20 years ago on the HGSA softball fields and has continued to grow ever since.  While her playing days are over, she now enjoys teaching the game and its valuable lessons to young players at GTP.

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