Jen Pawol is the founder and lead instructor of Evolve 2 Excellence LLC. Her passion for sports, art, and umpiring were cultivated during her middle school and high school development in West Milford, New Jersey. Jen’s early exposure to these constructive endeavors has become the basis for the creation of Evolve 2 Excellence LLC. Jen Pawol is proud to bring Evolve 2 Excellence LLC programs to today’s youth with dynamic training environments, access to professional instruction, and mentoring to achieve goals in life, education, and sports. As part of Evolve 2 Excellence's training program, Jen conducts classes in umpire certification and training for catchers and hitters.
EDUCATION & TEACHING: Pawol earned her Master’s degree in Painting from Hunter College. She offers more than 25 years of teaching experience. Jen has worked with thousands of students accumulating thousands of hours of hands-on experience. She is a former New York State K-12 Certified Art Educator with teaching experience in public schools and not-for-profit organizations. Jen is trained to work with special needs student-athletes and implements IEP learning modifications with diversified teaching strategies. Pawol is American Red Cross CPR and AED certified, and has completed Illinois State background checks to work with youth participants. Pawol has taught annually with the Major League Baseball Umpire Camps program.
ASA National Championship in Greenwood, Indiana, 1991
ATHLETIC CAREER: As a multi-sport youth athlete, Jen participated in baseball, basketball, downhill snow skiing, soccer, shot put, swimming, and tennis. Her favorite sports were baseball and softball. She graduated high school with a .460 career batting average as the starting catcher on the West Milford Varsity Softball Team from 1991-1995. Jen was a highly decorated three-sport varsity athlete in softball, soccer, and winter track. Pawol earned numerous All-American, NJ All-State, and All-Passaic County accolades as a catcher, goalie, and shot putter. During her junior year, at age 17, Pawol was selected to compete in the USA Olympic Softball Team Trials in 1994. Jen Pawol’s athletic career includes a variety of accomplishments as a catcher, infielder, and outfielder. Pawol’s athleticism earned her an athletic scholarship with the NCAA Division 1 Hofstra University Women’s Softball Team, hitting .332 for her college career, collecting numerous All-Conference and All-Region honors. In 2000, Pawol was selected to New Jersey’s All-Century Team by The Bergen Record. She was also honored with a selection to the 1990 All-Decade Team by The New Jersey Herald & News. At the beginning of this year, Pawol was inducted into the 2020 Hall of Fame Class for West Milford High School. After college, Pawol spent 10 seasons in ASA Women’s Major fastpitch with the Stratford Brakettes, Topton VIPs, New York Raiders, and Montclair Majestics. In 2004, she earned an ASA Women’s Major National Championship with the historic Stratford Brakettes by scoring the winning run in the championship final. Pawol also competed at the highest level in women’s baseball winning a World Championship with the USA Women’s Baseball Team against Japan in 2001.
At Hofstra University, 1998, on athletic scholarship.
NCAA Division 1 program ranked in the Top 25 nationally
TRAILBLAZER: In 2016, Jen Pawol was hired by Minor League Baseball and became the 7th woman in the history of men’s baseball to umpire professionally. During Spring Training in 2018, Pawol worked her first MLB game between the Detroit Tigers and Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Florida. Jen is currently in the Florida State League at the Advanced A classification. She has umpired for MiLB in the South Atlantic League, Midwest League, New York-Penn League, and the Gulf Coast League with post-season selections. Pawol is a graduate of the 2016 Umpire Training Academy and Advanced Course. She was one of the first women to earn a Major League Baseball Umpire Camp scholarship to professional umpire school. Pawol was a former National Professional Fastpitch umpire and an NCAA Division 1 softball conference umpire in the BIG 10 and others, having worked multiple post-season conference championships for the Atlantic-10, OVC, and Ivy League. In 2017, Pawol’s umpire mask was placed on display in The Diamond Dreams exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
NY-Penn League Umpire, 2017
Millikin University NCAA Division 3 Men's Baseball Team Catching Coach
Malone University NCAA Division 2 Women's Softball Team Hitting Coach
Maine-Endwell Middle School Girl's Softball Team Head Coach
May 3, 2019.
Jeff Mills. “Q & A: Jen Pawol becomes first female umpire to work Grasshoppers’ games.” Greensboro News & Record.
July 2, 2016.
June 24, 2016.
Vero Beach, FL. June 9, 2018.
“Career Opportunities in Baseball, Panel Discussion with Kim Ng, Jen Pawol, and Raquel Wagner” Girls’ Baseball Breakthrough Series. Sponsored by Major League Baseball.
October 19, 2017.
“Title IX From Firsthand Experience” Keynote Speaker, Title IX Administrators Conference hosted by Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C.
Atlantic City, NJ.
January 26, 2017.
“Why in the World Would Anyone Want to Become an Umpire?” Be The Best Coaches Convention.
TV and Radio Interviews
February 28, 2018.
Kate Fagan. “Outside The Lines.” ESPN.
February 24, 2018.
Ed Randall and Rico Petrocelli. “Remember When.” MLB Network Channel, SIRIUS Radio.
October 19, 2016.
July 25, 2016.
Doug Kezirian. “SportsCenter.” ESPN.