The Tampa Mustangs-TJ team first formed in 2010 as the Suncoast Storm 02 based out of Lakewood Ranch Park. After 6 very successful years and 32 tournament titles, In September 2015 , the team followed their "older sister team" and joined the prestigious Tampa Mustangs organization to increase the exposure and competitive opportunities for this strong group of girls.
The core values of our team are to play the game at the highest level, the right way, with class and dignity. They believe you can be ultra-competitive and classy at the same time. The team is coached by T.J. Goelz who has led 4 teams to National Championship games winning one of them in 2015 at PGF Premier 16U. His staff won the prestigious NFCA National Coaching Staff of the Year Award in 2015. Coach T.J. and his TMTJ program recorded its 1000th win on Nov. 16th, 2019 against the Gainesville Gold.
Tampa Mustangs-TJ were ranked #2 in the country by US Club Rankings in 2016, 2017 and, just recently, for 2019 in the 18U Division. The team is ranked in the top 5 by national websites: ExtrainningSoftball, FloSoftball and Fastpitch News. In 2019, TMTJ put together one of the most successful summers at the national level by any team ever. It began with a 3rd Place finish at the USA Elite World Fastpitch Championship followed by a 2nd place finish at the Triple Crown Colorado Firecracker 18U Power Pool Division losing in the Championship game. Next, they finished 5th at Triple Crown Nationals and then completed the summer by finishing 3rd at the most prestigious, most challneging events of them all : PGF 18U Premier National Championship! TMTJ finished 3rd after knocking off the Beverly Bandits, Firecrackers-Rico, and BatBusters-Stith in back-to-back-to-back games. TMTJ was the only team in the country that finished in the the top 5 in 4 national events and the highest finishing Florida team in 3 of the 4 events.
The girls are capitalizing on their success at the National Level with 17 Division 1 commits ( 9 Power 5), 7 Hot 100 Players, over a million dollars in scholarship offers, and much national publicity on their success.
We will remain focused on getting better everyday and working to win a National Championship, capitalizing on the top-level competitive exposure opportunities they have earned, and look forward to making memories along the way.