Bandits name Lappin head coach as Nuveman Deniz transitions roles

ROSEMONT — The Chicago Bandits have named Lauren Lappin as the seventh head coach in franchise history, team officials announced Monday morning.

Lappin, a former U.S. Olympian who served as an assistant coach for the Bandits during the 2018 season, will assume head coaching responsibilities from Stacey Nuveman Deniz.

“I am extremely honored and excited to remain a Bandit and help continue the rich tradition of this organization,” Lappin said. “Stacey (Nuveman Deniz) led this group of women to incredible success throughout the 2018 season and we will be on a mission to cap it off with a 2019 Cowles Cup championship.”

Nuveman Deniz, who helped guide the Bandits to a 37-10 mark in her lone season at the help, is set to remain on staff as an advisor to general manager Toni Calmeyn.

“My heartfelt thanks go out to Mayor (Brad) Stephens and general manager Toni Calmeyn for allowing me to be a part of this unbelievable organization,” Nuveman Deniz said. “This summer was transformational for me as a coach and leader and it was a difficult decision to step down as head coach … I will forever be a Bandit and I look forward to working with Toni and Lauren (Lappin) in an advisory role.”

Lappin, a current assistant at the University of Missouri — St. Louis, celebrated a handful of medal-placing finishes during her tenure with USA Softball, including gold at the 2007 Pan American Games, silver at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and gold at the 2010 World Championship.

A former All-American at Stanford, Lappin ignited her playing career with a five-year stint in the NPF. She last suited up for the Pennsylvania Rebellion in 2014 and captured the 2010 Cowles Cup as a member of the USSSA Pride.

“I’ve known (Lappin) for many years as a teammate and friend, but was blown away by her tremendous gifts as a coach,” Nuveman Deniz said. “Her ability to communicate, motivate, lead others and articulate is truly special. She has a passion for the game that is contagious. She is a rising star in the coaching professional and I can’t wait to watch her shine in the Bandits organization.”

The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2019 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.

ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS

Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 14th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.

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