Our Mission is to provide the western suburbs of Minnesota with clinics, lessons, dome leagues, and tryout evaluations to grow the game of fastpitch softball.
TC Fastpitch has been formed to serve our fastpitch community at several levels, providing a potential turnkey answer for your softball needs. Whether your need is player skill development, coaches clinics, game/team development or a wish to handoff the administration of your softball training, then TC Fastpitch Academy is the right answer for you.
Formed in 2012 by veteran coaches Jack Thibault and Mike Carter, the two bring 50 years of experience to the plate.
Jack Thibault had been coaching fastpitch softball for 40 years and started playing the game at the age of 19. Thibault also had his first coaching assignment with a Babe Ruth baseball team that qualified for state. Jack has had the reputation of running strong travel ball teams with his teams qualifying for post-season national competition from 1998-2015. He had been a coach and leader with the Minnesota Renegades (a premier softball organization) since 2006 and has developed strong relationships with college coaches not only in the Upper Midwest but across the country. More recently, he has been with the Minnesota Vortex and A's program as a coach, trainer, and board member. Jack has coached players that have played for these schools: University of Minnesota, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Drake, Illinois, University of North Dakota, University of Minnesota-Duluth, Northern College, Minnesota State University, Mankato, St. Cloud State University, Saint Thomas, Gustavus Adolphus and more. Jack was the Co-Head Coach for the Orono Spartans, who had been to the High School State Tournament 2012-2014. Jack passed away on April 14, 2021 but his legacy in TC Fastpitch and everywhere still lives on. Many of the current instructors are former players of Jack carrying on his values and philosophies.
Mike Carter has had 25+ years of coaching experience at the head coach level. Mike believes in a philosophy of creating a positive environment where players can learn and compete with respect for all aspects of the game while maintaining a competitive focus.
He is the former President of PWYSA and Founder and Director of the highly respected fastpitch organization the Minnesota Vortex and Minnesota A’s. Mike has a vast amount of experience running Summer Camps, Winter Clinics, Private Lessons, Coaches Clinics and has been a participant of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Mike has coached in both the Minnesota High School All-Star Games and the Border Battle. Mike was the Co-Head Coach of the Orono Spartans and led them to the State Tournament 3 out of his 7 years as coach. With 78 wins in his first 4 years, Mike is near the top of the record book in recent years. The Spartans accomplishments garnered Mike the 6AAA Minnesota High School Coach of the Year award for 3 years running.