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.
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.
STACEY NUVEMAN DENIZ
Advisor to the General Manager/Coach
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.
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.
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