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ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have named U.S. Olympian Lauren Lappin as an assistant coach for the 2018 season, team officials announced on Tuesday morning.
“I’m thrilled to join the Chicago Bandits and would like to thank (general manager) Toni Calmeyn for providing me the opportunity to be a part of the NPF again,” Lappin said. “The Bandits have a great foundation and history of excellence in the league and I’m looking forward to working alongside (head coach) Stacey Nuveman Deniz.”
Lappin, who last played professionally for the Pennsylvania Rebellion in 2014, captured one Cowles Cup championship (2010) during her five-year playing career.
“We’re excited to add Lauren Lappin to our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” Calmeyn said. “She brings an array of expertise from the collegiate, professional and international ranks and we’re eager to have her join us in Rosemont.”
Currently an assistant coach at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, Lappin helped guide the Tritons to a 42-15 record, GVLC Tournament championship and berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional in her inaugural season. She is the program’s first full-time assistant coach.
Prior to UMSL, Lappin was an instrumental piece in the inception of the softball program at Chicago’s Roosevelt University. Alongside head coach Amanda Scott, whom she followed to UMSL, Lappin helped develop the Lakers’ program from the ground floor.
As a member of the United States Women’s National Team from 2003-10, Lappin and the red, white and blue celebrated a handful of medal-placing finishes, including gold at the 2007 Pan American Games, silver at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and gold at the 2010 World Championship.
A resident of Anaheim, Calif., Lappin played collegiately and graduated from Stanford University in 2006, earning a pair of NFCA All-American honors along the way. The two-time Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year also secured a spot on the 2006 Women’s College World Series All-Tournament Team.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at The Ballpark at Rosemont for the 2018 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your 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 The Ballpark at Rosemont, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. The Ballpark at Rosemont 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 has included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.