Our Bios

Jen Mineau

When it comes to great pitchers, Jen Mineau had an outstanding career that continued right on through the professional level with the Akron Racers. Her reputation as one of the best began in high school in Schaghticoke, New York, where she holds many state high school records, having taken her team deep into the playoffs regularly. Jen enjoyed a perfect 25-0 record on the way to the state championship. As her class Valedictorian, Jen was poised to make her mark in college. Jen will be inducted into the New York State High School Hall of Fame in August 2018.

Upon graduation, she attended Fordham University, where she was their number one starter for four years. She now holds virtually every single pitching record (career and single season) Fordham kept track of. This includes career marks for wins (101), strikeouts (1,390) and ERA (1.42). Over her four years, batters hit .161 against her, and she had an approximate 10:1 strikeout to walk ratio. She threw 10 No-Hitters, 5 of which were perfect games. As a Freshman, she was honored by Sports Illustrated for throwing a No-Hitter and a Perfect game in one week. Jen made her mark on the NCAA record books as well, being #4 all time in career perfect games (5), #15 all time in career no-hitters (10), and #16 all time in career strike outs (1390). At one point she threw 81.2 consecutive scoreless innings.

Jen was a 3-time All American and won numerous other awards, both for softball and for academics. Jen was drafted into the National Pro Fastpitch League and played for the Akron Racers, eventually retiring to coach full-time in college and continue her passion for pitching. She has held positions as the Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach at Saint Joseph’s University (2014-2018), Head Coach and Assistant Coach at Seton Hill University (2012-2014).

Leigh Elko

Leigh Elko is Certified Tincher Pitching Instructor and a veteran catcher of some of the most elite competition on the East Coast and beyond. Coach Leigh prides herself in providing instruction on more than just skills; she is most known for caring above and beyond the field in the areas of personal growth, development, attitude, accountability, academics and much more. She has earned two Master’s degrees in Clinical Counseling from the University of Pennsylvania and uses her background in psychology to address the mental aspects associated with athletics. Coach Leigh’s research in the development of the softball athletes includes the incorporation of female body mechanics in the formation of hitting technique, the effectiveness of fluidity in fastpitch pitching, and the mental aspects of power hitting. Coach Leigh wears many hats in Black Cat Fastpitch, from coach to mentor, role model to exemplifier.