Stacey Nuveman Deniz was named the head coach of the Chicago Bandits on Sept. 19, 2017 following the departure of Sharonda McDonald.

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 Coles 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.

Tori Tyson

The Bandits named Tori Tyson as an assistant coach for the 2018 season March 2, 2018.

Tyson, a current assistant coach at Maryland, joined the Terrapins’ program in 2017 after helping guide Cal State Fullerton to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and a pair of Big West Conference titles. While at Cal State Fullerton, Tyson helped shape one of the nation’s premier pitching staffs. Under Tyson’s tutelage, the Titans tossed 46 complete games, including 24 shutouts, over the course of two seasons.

A 2012 graduate of Nebraska, Tyson was a versatile weapon for the Cornhuskers. She pitched throughout her first two seasons before shifting to the outfield in her third year. After making an appearance in the 2009 NCAA regional round, Tyson took the ball in 47 starts during the following season.

Before joining Cal State Fullerton, Tyson spent time on board with Bethune-Cookman and NAIA-level Doane College (Neb.) programs.

During her playing days, Tyson appeared in an exhibition contest between Nebraska and the NPF All-Stars on Oct. 2, 2010.

Lauren Lappin

The Bandits named Lauren Lappin as an assistant coach for the 2018 season Jan. 9, 2018.

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.


Jason has been working with The Chicago Bandits since 2012. Since that time he has been training the girls year round with programs designed to maximize speed and power development. His extensive knowledge of biomechanics and injury prevention ensure the girls can compete at the highest level.

Since 2010, he 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. Jason has trained many professional athletes in the NPF, NFL, NBA, MLB, CFL, IFL, AFL, including NFL Pro Bowlers and NBA All-Stars. He has also trained hundreds of high level Collegiate and High School athletes in all major sports. Jason is also The Strength and Conditioning Coach for The Elite Starz, a program for athletes with special needs.

Jason is from the Chicagoland area, and attended Eastern Illinois University where he received a degree in Kinesiology. He has competed and trained as an athlete throughout his High School and Collegiate career in Football and Track and Field. His passion for training and athletic development have made him an invaluable resource for The Bandits organization.