Lauren Lappin

Head Coach

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

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 a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional in her inaugural season. She is the program’s first full-time assistant coach.

Before joining the staff at UMSL, Lappin 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.


Advisor to the General Manager

Nuveman Deniz, a three-time U.S. Olympian during her playing days, has served as the associate head coach at San Diego State since the 2013 season. She’s spent the past nine seasons as a member of the Aztecs’ program in numerous capacities, including recruiting coordinator, hitting instructor, assistant coach and associate head coach.

Prior to joining San Diego State’s coaching staff, Nuveman Deniz spent six years as an analyst for ESPN, in addition to her numerous public speaking appearances and conducting of softball camps and clinics domestically and internationally.

“I am thrilled to join the Bandits culture and family alongside some of the game’s most talented athletes,” Nuveman Deniz said. “I look forward to getting started in Rosemont and working toward a Cowles Cup in 2018.”

In addition to her collegiate track record, Nuveman Deniz brings a breadth of international experience to Rosemont, as well. After capturing gold medals at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, and a silver medal in 2008, Nuveman Deniz helped guide the U.S. National Team to medal finishes at the World Cup (2006), World Championships (2002 and 2006) and Pan American Championships (1993 and 2003). She was named to the USA Softball coaching pool in 2010 and again in 2014.

A former standout at UCLA, Nuveman Deniz amassed first team NFCA All-America recognition in all four seasons as a Bruin. She was awarded the inaugural USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award in 2002 and earned the Pac-10’s Player of the Year award on three occasions. She ranks among NCAA leaders in career home runs (90), slugging percentage (.945) and walks (240).

During UCLA’s 1999 National Championship season, Nuveman Deniz paced the Bruins with a .446 clip at the plate, smacking 31 home runs and adding 91 RBI.



Jason Domnanovich has been working with the Chicago Bandits since 2012 and has trained the Bandits year-round with programs designed to maximize speed and power development. His extensive knowledge of biomechanics and injury prevention ensures the team can compete at the highest level of softball and his passion for training and athletic development has made him an invaluable resource to the Bandits organization.

Since 2010, Domnanovich 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. Domnanovich has trained many professional athletes in the NPF, NFL, NBA, MLB, CFL, IFL and AFL, including numerous Pro Bowlers and All-Stars. He has also trained hundreds of high-level collegiate and high school athletes in all major sports. Domnanovich is also the strength and conditioning coach for the Elite Starz, a program built for athletes with special needs.

Domnanovich is from the Chicagoland area and received his degree in kinesiology from Eastern Illinois.

Chris Wallace


Chris Wallace is a certified athletic trainer and has been practicing sports medicine since 2014. Throughout his career, he’s had the pleasure of working in several different settings. His experience includes extending for the team orthopedic doctor at the University of Arkansas and working as the head athletic trainer for Peoria Manual High School. Currently, Chris works at Illinois Bone and Joint Institute in Highland Park as a clinical athletic trainer and as an outreach athletic trainer for the Bandits.

Background: Bachelor’s of Science, athletic training — Illinois State University

Certifications: Certified athletic trainer, ATC