Coach: Mike Avolio
Mike has over 30 years of experience coaching the sport of softball. Mike’s resume includes being the Varsity assistant coach at Carmel High School and the Varsity coach at Hastings High School. He also was an assistant coach at the JUCO level with Westchester Community College. Mike presently coaches Legends softball in a 17 and over league in Fishkill and has been with the team since 2007. When Mike isn’t coaching, he is playing fastpitch himself in a wood bat men’s league! Mike’s knowledge of the game is a huge asset to the Rockets.
Coach: Jason Maxwell
Player: Makenzie Maxwell
Jason has either been coaching or umpiring fast pitch softball for the past 20 plus years. Jason has coached middle school softball for over 20 years working with players of all skill level. He has also coached travel softball at the 8U level and 10U level both in Bethel, CT and New Milford, CT. Jason has also been a certified USA Softball umpire since 2002, umpiring at all different levels including high school, collegiate, and the Stratford Brakettes. Jason focuses on teaching fundamentals of the game and working on having his players master those fundamentals in order to realize their full potential. Every drill in practice and in games is designed to improve the player as an athlete, improve the player’s over all softball skills, and to result in the ultimate success of the team. He strives to create a team culture that both stresses positivity, increases confidence, and grows the love of the sport of softball.
Coach: Ricardo “Rich” Sanchez
Player: Jillian Sanchez
Rich’s coaching career started in 2010 when his son turned 5. Rich found himself running around with little ones on the soccer pitch. Watching the team grow together and move in the same direction as a group makes coaching worth the time and energy it takes. Rich has coached multiple sports including not only soccer, but tee ball, baseball, flag football, and softball. He enjoys watching the players grow and mature through their sport and start having a true passion for the game. Rich’s philosophy on sports is, “Never exclude yourself from learning something new. Yes, it’s scary in the beginning but when you have great teammates to lean on, it makes it easier. Not every game is for everyone, but for those who work hard, stick with it, and always leave everything out on the field, success is imminent. What you put into it is what you get out of it.”
Coach: Emma Sands
This will be Coach Emma's third season as a head coach for the Rockets organization. As a player at Eastern Connecticut State University (D3) Emma has been a part of two teams that have made NCAA appearances, finishing 5th in the country in 2021. As a coach Emma offers knowledge of many different positions, including pitching, and intricacies of softball mechanics. She also offers a deep understanding of the recruiting process and serves as Recruitment Coordinator for the organization. Emma has completed both Coaching and Health minors at Eastern Connecticut State University.
Coach: Allyson Kane
Player: Lyla Kane
Allyson was late to a meeting in March of 2015 and upon arrival, was handed a roster of 7-year old softball players and informed she was the head coach of a team. She’s never been late again! A lifelong fan of baseball and softball, Allyson loves the strategy side of the game. Developing plays, strategizing, and figuring out the strengths of players and how to use them to be successful as a team are her main focus. Allyson is also a certified pitching coach and works with pitchers of all levels to help them reach their goals. She is passionate about the sport and loves to share this passion with her players.
Coach: Lance Morris
Lance has over 20 years of coaching experience beginning with his daughters who both played at the high school, travel, and collegiate level. Lance has coached with many travel programs but has found a home with the Rockets. 2024 marks his 5th consecutive season coaching a Rockets team. Lance also coaches the Ridgefield High School JV team and has previously coached both softball and field hockey at Weston High School.
Coach: Lucas Arocho
Players: Ivelisse Arocho, Arianna Arocho
Lucas has two daughters in the program and has been actively coaching them since they initially showed an interest in softball. He is a Brewster resident and also serves on the board as the VP of Softball Development. He joined the Rockets in 2020 as an assistant coach of a 14u team. Since then he’s become a head coach and has taken his teams to events in Myrtle Beach, Nashville, and Ocean City.