The Chicago Bandits named Lauren Lappin as the seventh head coach in franchise history Aug. 27, 2018, after the former U.S. Olympian served as an assistant coach under Stacey Nuveman Deniz during the 2018 season.

Lappin, who last played professionally for the Pennsylvania Rebellion in 2014, captured one Cowles Cup championship (2010) throughout her standout five-year playing career.

Lappin works as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri — St. Louis and helped guide the Tritons to a 42-15 record, GVLC Tournament championship and a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional in her inaugural season on the coaching staff. She became the program’s first full-time assistant coach.

Before Lappin joined the staff at UMSL, she was an instrumental piece in the inception of the softball program at Chicago’s Roosevelt University. Alongside former head coach Amanda Scott, whom she followed to UMSL, Lappin helped develop the Lakers’ program from the ground floor.

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 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, California, 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.