Welcome to beBOLDfastpitch


Coach Jay Bolden –  Owner of beBoldfastpitch  – Bio and info below

  • Current Volunteer Coach (Pitching) – Loyola University Chicago
  • Former Pitching Coach – St. Xavier University 
  • Former Assistant Coach – Trinity Christian College
  • Illinois Softball Coaches’ Hall of Fame – Class of 2021
  • 20+ years of Coaching HS/Travel Ball
  • Former Men’s Fastpitch Player
  • Several College Committed Pitchers and Hitters (D1 – D3 & NAIA) – Check out my committed athletes! 

I have over 20 years of experience on all levels. I believe it’s the greatest sport to coach and play. I first started coaching softball in 1999. I was the JV coach at Westmont High School. It was my first experience with it, and I was instantly hooked! So much faster than baseball, so much more strategy! I then moved into the Head Varsity Coaching position in 2003. I spent a total of 9 years as the Head Coach winning 6 Regional Titles, 2 Sectional Titles, 1 Super-Sectional Title, and placed 4th in the State. I was given the Sportsmanship award in 2007 by the IHSA. In 2014, I was named Sectional Coach of the Year by the Illinois Softball Coaches Association. In 2017 I was named Head Coach at Hanover Central High School in Cedar Lake, IN.

In 2019 we won a GSSC Conference Championship, a Sectional Championship, and a Regional Championship and finished in the Elite 8 in the State in 3A.

In the fall of 2019 I was named Assistant Coach at Trinity Christian College (NAIA) in Palos Heights, IL.  I work with Pitchers, Hitters, and Outfield!

In the fall of 2020 I was inducted into the Illinois Softball Coaches Association Coaches Hall of Fame.

I have been blessed with many players, teams, and families that have worked extremely hard for me, and believed in how to do things the right way! Thank you to Trinity Christian College who also did a story on my induction

I have  coached Travel Ball as well. I coached the 12u and 14u teams for the Homer Hawks Travel Program under Dave Betcher. We were an ASA “A” team and played in the top tournaments in the country. More recently I spent a few years coaching for the New Lenox Lightning 14u where we played PGF and Triple Crown Tournaments against the best competition both regionally and nationally.

I am an Elite Level certified Paulygirl Fastpitch Instructor. What does that mean? I’ve been vetted to teach safe, and elite level pitching mechanics. We are a network of pitching instructors from around the country and world, who meet weekly to discuss pitching mechanics, share drills, and help each others students get better.


I have truly been blessed with great players who have worked hard, both during the season and in the off season. I have had several players play at the collegiate level. Any where from Junior College, and NAIA to Division 1 through Division 3.

I’m excited to help your daughter reach their goals!

Schedule a lesson with Coach Jay?  Please message me for availability!!

Have a question? Send me a message!

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