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"How can a game have such effect on an individual’s soul?  The way I see it, how can it not.  You don’t choose the game, it chooses you and when it does life and the game forever will be connected.

I have spent a good piece of my life gripping a softball and I have come to realize that it’s the other way around.  I have incredible passion, respect and love for the girls that I have coached over the years. I want my athletes to view me as a role model and someone who unconditionally supports them.  

Life is about choices and you can choose to excel or choose not to. You can choose to embrace your dreams and go after them or let them slip away. The control that you have over your choices, your focus and your destiny is real and powerful. It is the key to unlocking the door to your true potential."


-Coach Liz Pennino



Liz Pennino brings a wealth of high-level playing and coaching experience. She is the founder and President of LI Surge Fastpitch, a girls softball organization with a strong footprint in the Long Island community.

Liz Pennino was promoted to Head Softball Coach for Farmingdale State College on September 5, 2019. She had been the assistant since 2012 and is also an adjunct professor in the Sport Management department for the College. In 2021, Pennino was named Co-Coach of the year after leading the Rams to a 19-7 record, a Skyline Conference Championship and berth into the NCAA Regionals.

Pennino led FSC to a historic 2022 season as she set single-season records with the highest winning percentage (.853), least amount of losses (29-5), highest team batting average (.374) and highest on-base percentage (.445). Farmingdale State also had the third-most shutouts in program history with 14 this season as they earned the Skyline Conference title and their spot in the NCAA's.

Prior to founding LI Surge in 2012, Pennino was an integral part of the Bay Shore High School softball program in 2010. She was an assistant for the varsity team that reached the New York State Championship.

In 2008, Pennino graduated with her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Manhattan College. She was on scholarship for the Division I softball program and a four-year starting pitcher and letter winner.

In high school, Pennino earned an array of accolades, including All-League and was three times named All-Division. She was also tabbed team captain, Team MVP, All-State, All-County and Suffolk County Pitcher of the Year runner-up during her senior season.

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LI Surge Mission

Knowing the life long impact youth sports has on children, it is our goal to not only enhance the skill level of our athletes but more importantly enhance their life skills. Our greatest contribution is in teaching our athletes the life long values of competition:

Commitment, Goal Setting, Perseverance, Discipline, Integrity and Sacrifice.

These are the core values of The Long Island Surge and they are also the foundations for a healthy adolescence and a successful team.

Our core values will significantly benefit our players both on and off the field by giving them the tools they need to become confident, responsible, motivated and successful adolescents.