The Chicago Bandits named Amber Flores as an assistant coach Jan. 28, 2019.
Flores, the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride, currently serves as the head coach for Seminole State College, a junior college in Seminole, Oklahoma.
Across her first six seasons at the helm of Seminole State’s softball program, Flores compiled an impressive 264-73 record. The Calexico, California, product led the Trojans to a 50-7 mark last year and capped off the season with a berth to the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Tournament.
Prior to her time at Seminole State, Flores served as the hitting and outfield coach for Stony Brook University. During her lone season with the Seawolves in 2012, she helped guide the team to a 36-17-1 record, which tied the program’s all-time mark for wins in a single season.
In addition to her impressive coaching pedigree, Flores enjoyed tremendous success as a player at the collegiate level. Throughout her historic four-year career at the University of Oklahoma, she garnered NFCA All-American honors three times and held the school record for home runs, walks, extra-base hits, slugging percentage and on-base percentage at the time of her graduation. Her mark for career home runs (56) stood as the Big 12 Conference’s all-time record, as well.
At the conclusion of her senior season in Norman, Flores became the first softball player in Big 12 history to capture the conference’s Player of the Year award twice.
The Chicago Bandits named University of Illinois assistant coach Lance McMahon to their coaching staff for the 2019 season Feb. 8, 2019.
McMcMahon currently serves as the pitching and catching coach for the Illini. Now in his third year in Champaign, McMahon oversaw a pitching staff which posted a 2.97 team ERA in 2017 and helped guide former Illini and Bandits right-hander Breanna Wonderly to NFCA First Team All-Region and First Team All-Big Ten honors.
Before his tenure at Illinois, McMahon coached at LSU for three years under head coach Beth Torina. While with the Tigers, he assisted in many aspects of the program, including camps, throwing daily batting practice, analyzing video, and helped lead LSU to back-to-back NCAA Regional Championships and two berths to the Women’s College World Series.
One of the highlights of McMahon’s stint in Baton Rouge came in 2015 when LSU started the campaign on a 25-0 stretch. The Tigers spent three weeks as the top-ranked team in the country en route to a 52-14 record and a third-place finish in the Women’s College World Series.
At the conclusion of the 2015 season, McMahon and the LSU coaching staff earned Division I South Region Staff of the Year honors from the NFCA.
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