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Jen Rocha – 2017

  • Jennifer Rocha has made a name for herself as one of the top pitching instructors in the country. In her 11 seasons at Florida the Gators have:
    • Won back-to-back NCAA National Championships (2014 and 2015)
    • Earned a total of 7 WCWS berths
    • Made 4 WCWS championship series appearances
  • In 2 of the last 8 years, the Gators have turned in the top team ERA in the country, and the 2015 national championship team posted the top ERA in the SEC (1.63) for the 3rd consecutive year, a figure that ranked 4th in the nation.
  • Rocha was named the 2015 NFCA Assistant Coach of the Year, the first honor of its kind received by a UF coach in program history.
  • Under Rocha’s guidance, Lauren Haeger and Hannah Rogers played instrumental roles in leading Florida to back-to-back national championships:
    • In 2015, Hager was the 1st Gator to win the USA National Player of the Year; the 3rd to be named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player and the 2nd to win softball’s Honda Award.
    • In 2014, Rogers led the Gators to their 1st national title, and in the process became Florida’s 1st 4-time All-American.
  • Rocha is a former pitcher and assistant coach at the of the University of Oklahoma. While at OU, she was a part of 6 consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, 3 Big 12 Conference titles, 2 Big 12 Tournament titles, 2 WCWS appearances and 1 national championship. She finished her playing career with a .721 winning percentage (43-17) and posted a 1.46 ERA.

"Florida pitchers always have tremendous control and Jen will outline her approach,
drills, and focus areas for her pitchers from Fall through Post-Season!"
- Cindy Bristow


Jen Rocha – 2016

  • Jennifer Rocha has made a name for herself as one of the top pitching instructors in the country. In her 10 seasons at Florida, Rocha has tutored five All-American hurlers in Stephanie Brombacher, Stacey Nelson, Hannah Rogers, Lauren Haeger and Aleshia Ocasio. In two of the last eight years, the Gators have turned in the top team ERA in the country and the 2015 national championship season kept the bar high as Florida posted the top ERA in the SEC (1.63) for the third consecutive year, a figure that ranked fourth in the nation.
  • During her senior season, not only did Haeger lead the Gators to their second-straight NCAA Championship but the Peoria, Ariz., product became the first Gator to win the USA National Player of the Year award, third to be named the WCWS Most Outstanding Player and second to garner softball’s Honda Award. In addition, she was named the SEC Female Athlete of the Year and Pitcher of the Year.
  • Also in 2015, Rocha coached rookie Aleshia Ocasio to third team All-America honors, becoming the second freshman in Gator history to achieve that honor. In addition, Ocasio became the fourth Gator freshman in five years with 100+ strikeouts. Pitchers under Rocha’s tutelage grace many pages of the Florida record books.
  • Rocha made the trip to Gainesville with head coach Tim Walton, as the two have worked together for a decade. Under Rocha, the Wichita State pitching staff set several school records and posted an earned run average of under 2.00 in back-to-back seasons.
  • “Jennifer is a great pitching coach,” Walton said. “She has a calm, collected presence about her. She is a good teacher, as well as a good game-day coach.”
  • Rocha is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and played for the Sooners from 1996 through 1998. During her time as both a player and a coach, Rocha was a part of six consecutive NCAA Regional appearances, three Big 12 Conference title

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