Chanda Bell is in her first season coaching for the Chicago Bandits. The Indianapolis native played a record-breaking career at the University of Kentucky. At the end of her collegiate career, Bell left as the all-time winningest pitcher and was the first in team history to throw four straight 200-plus strikeout seasons. Sitting at the top of the Kentucky record books with 910 Ks, Bell was the first Wildcat to throw a no-hitter, as well as the first to toss a perfect game. She owns three of the top four single-season strikeout marks.
Bell was named to the pitching staff for Indiana University in 2017. In 2019, Bell and the Indiana coaching staff led the team to a 14-0 start, the best in program history, the best record since 2011 (36-21) and the best non-conference mark since 1986 (26-8). Because of this incredible start, Indiana earned its first ranking since 1996.
IU spent six straight weeks ranked, picking up wins against two top-10 teams in No. 6 Georgia (Feb. 10) and at No. 10 LSU (March 1), the first time that has been done at Indiana.