The Evolve 2 Excellence training programs have grown from my own experiences evolving from a catcher into a coach and then into an umpire. These unique educational resources are designed with dynamic perspectives to raise the level of thinking and inspire catchers, hitters and umpires to grow to new heights in their careers. Thank you for visiting my site. Let's workout together soon!
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TRAILBLAZER: Jen Pawol has become the 7th woman umpire in the history of professional baseball. Pawol transitioned from an accomplished catcher into an umpire. During Spring Training in 2018, Pawol worked her first Major League Baseball game between the Detroit Tigers and Florida Southern University in Lakeland, Florida. For the 2020 season, Pawol is scheduled to umpire at the Advanced A level in the Florida State League. She has umpired for Minor League Baseball in the South Atlantic League, Midwest League, New York-Penn League and the Gulf Coast League with post-season selections. In 2017, Pawol’s umpire mask was placed on permanent display in The Diamond Dreams exhibit at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Pawol is a graduate of the 2016 Umpire Training Academy and Advanced Course. She earned a Major League Baseball Umpire Camp scholarship to professional umpire school in 2015. 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. Pawol was a member of the Endicott Umpire Chapter and Florida Professional Officials Association. She has worked thousands of baseball and softball games, tournaments, and championships for: ASA, NSA, Perfect Game, PGF, Triple Crown, USSSA. Pawol also enjoyed spending time umpiring ISC men’s fastpitch in Kidron, Ohio, Frankenmuth, MI and Elkland, PA.
EDUCATION & TEACHING: Jen Pawol offers over 25 years of teaching experience in catching, hitting, umpiring and art education. As a former New York State K-12 Certified Art Educator, Pawol taught in public schools and not-for-profit organizations. Pawol earned a Masters degree and Bachelor degree studying Painting in New York City from Pratt Institute and Hunter College. Jen has coached at the collegiate, high school and travel ball levels. In the off-season, Jen enjoys helping as the Catching Coach for Millikin University’s Division 3 men’s baseball team. Jen Pawol’s unique combination as a player / umpire / coach creates a powerful teaching combination equipping her to reach the untapped potential stored inside her student-athletes.
ATHLETIC CAREER: Pawol’s multi-sport athletic career includes a variety of accomplishments as a catcher, shortstop and outfielder in baseball and softball. Jen spent 10 seasons in Women’s Major Fast Pitch with the: Stratford Brakettes, Topton VIPs, NY Raiders, and Montclair Majestics. In 2004, she earned a Women’s Major National Championship with the historic Stratford Brakettes by scoring the winning run in the championship final. Pawol also competed at a high level in baseball winning a World Championship with the inaugural USA Women’s Baseball Team against Japan in 2001. At age 17, Pawol was selected for the USA Olympic Softball Team Trials in 1994. Pawol’s athleticism earned her an athletic scholarship and starting positions as catcher and shortstop for the NCAA D1 Hofstra University women’s softball team hitting .332 for her college career. While attending West Milford High School in New Jersey, Jen was a highly decorated three sport varsity athlete in softball, soccer and winter track. Pawol was recently selected into the 2020 Hall of Fame Class for West Milford High School.
MAKING AN IMPACT: Pawol has been invited to speak during the: The Girls’ Baseball Breakthrough Series sponsored by Major League Baseball in Vero Beach, Florida; present as the keynote speaker at the Blended Sportsmanship Summit at her alma mater West Milford High School in New Jersey; present as the keynote speaker at the Title IX Administrators Conference hosted by Eichelbaum Wardell Hansen Powell & Mehl, P.C. in Austin, Texas; and teach eight different sessions during the Be The Best Coaches Convention in Atlantic City, NJ. Pawol teaches annually for the MLB Umpire Camps program. Numerous articles, television shows, and radio broadcasts have featured Pawol’s unique journey up the ladder in men’s professional baseball, including: Baseball America, CBS Sports, ESPNW, The Los Angeles Times, MiLB.com, MLB.com, Newsday, and Referee Magazine. ESPN has also featured Pawol on “Sports Center” and “Outside the Lines.”