Sharonda McDonald was named the head coach of the Chicago Bandits on Feb. 21, 2017, succeeding former coach Mike Steuerwald, who departed from the team in lieu of a front office opportunity with the Scrap Yard Dawgs.
Prior to joining the Bandits, McDonald served as an assistant coach at the University of Florida, where she oversaw the development of the Gators’ outfield. Other coaching stops of hers include Texas Tech (associate head coach), LSU (volunteer assistant coach), Ohio (assistant coach) and Texas Southern (assistant coach).
A former outfielder familiar to the professional ranks, McDonald earned All-NPF recognition three times as a player and captured a Cowles Cup championship in 2014 with the USSSA Pride. She finished her playing career with a batting average over .270 and 100 runs scored.
The Bandits named Kyla Holas as the team’s assistant coach on Feb. 27, 2017, joining first-year head coach Sharonda McDonald on staff.
Prior to joining the Bandits, Holas enjoyed a 16-year tenure at the University of Houston, where she reached NCAA regionals on seven different occasions, including two runs to super regionals. During her time with the Cougars, Holas compiled over 550 wins and was named the Conference-USA Coach of the Year twice. Additionally, she helped oversee the university’s construction of the Cougar Softball Stadium, a complex costing approximately $2.4 million.
Holas’ other coaching capacities have included stops at Florida and Northern Illinois.
As a player, Holas was a four-year standout pitcher at Louisiana-Lafayette (then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana). A three-time All-American, she recorded a stellar 104-20 career mark in the circle to go along with a .301 clip at the plate. Her No. 11 jersey is retired by the school and she was inducted into the Rajin’ Cajuns’ Hall of Fame in 1999.
Kathy Horton joined the Bandits’ coaching staff on March 13, 2017, joining fellow first-year NPF coaches Sharonda McDonald and Kyla Holas on the staff.
Prior to her jump to Rosemont, Horton served as an exercise physiologist and strength and conditioning coach in Newcastle, Australia. She was responsible for the development and application resistance training programs for rehabilitation, fitness, weight loss, stress management and injury prevention.
Horton attended the University of Queensland where she received a masters degree in philosophy and sports coaching.
Strength and conditioning coach
Jason has been working with The Chicago Bandits since 2012. Since that time he has been training the girls year round with programs designed to maximize speed and power development. His extensive knowledge of biomechanics and injury prevention ensure the girls can compete at the highest level.
Since 2010, he has worked in the private sector as The Director of Sports Performance for The Academy of Athletic Advancement. The Academy is the official training site of The Chicago Bandits. Jason has trained many professional athletes in the NPF, NFL, NBA, MLB, CFL, IFL, AFL, including NFL Pro Bowlers and NBA All-Stars. He has also trained hundreds of high level Collegiate and High School athletes in all major sports. Jason is also The Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Elite Starz, a program for athletes with special needs.
Jason is from the Chicagoland area, and attended Eastern Illinois University where he received a degree in Kinesiology. He has competed and trained as an athlete throughout his High School and Collegiate career in Football and Track and Field. His passion for training and athletic development have made him an invaluable resource for The Bandits organization.