Softball Coaches & Instructors

Jennifer Plourde: Director of Softball

Jenn Plourde graduated from Husson University in 2010 with a degree in Physical Education. While at Husson, Jenn played Soccer and Basketball for the Lady Eagles. Her coaching career began before graduating from Husson University. In 2009 she began her coaching career as JV Softball coach at John Bapst Memorial High School. In 2010 she started coaching JV soccer and basketball. She was appointed head Softball coach at Old Town High School in 2012. That year the Coyotes won their first ever Eastern Maine Class B Championship title, and then State Championship title. In 2013 and 2015 Coach Plourde took her softball team to EPSN Spring Training, allowing them the opportunity of a lifetime. Coach Plourde was named PVC Coach of The Year in 2012 and 2013. The Coyotes have been PVC Champions in 2013, 2014, and 2015 under her tenure. In 2016 Coach Plourde led her team to win the first Class B Northern Maine Championship, as well as the schools 2nd State Championship in 2016.  Sluggers is extremely excited to have Coach Plourde join our staff and can't wait to see the product she helps put on the field!

Rick Roberts: Pitching, Hitting and Fielding Coach


Rick has been coaching/playing softball for 40 years. For many years Rick pitched and coached in a fastpitch league in Los Angeles.  18 years ago Rick moved to Ellsworth from LA.  He began coaching a 16U summer league in 1998.  That same year he began as a volunteer coach at Ellsworth High School for Varsity Softball.  In 1998 he started doing pitching clinics in Ellsworth, and that has led to doing clinics for the entire downeast area including traveling weekly to the Machias area.  Rick became the Varsity Softball Coach for Ellsworth High School 10 years ago, but has resigned his post this year so that he can work with kids from all over the state of Maine.  Rick is currently teaching pitching for several Maine schools as well as working with hitters and fielders.  During his coaching career he has had the pleasure of watching many of his athletes continue their softball careers at the college level from Division 1 to Division 3.   Ricks students are as young as 8 years old, and some are still pitching in college.  Rick brings forth an extreme wealth of knowledge and we are elated to have him as our Lead Pitching Instructor in the Facility!!