Bandits Head Coach Lauren Lappin Returns for 2020 NPF Season

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits have re-signed head coach Lauren Lappin for the 2020 NPF season, team officials announced Friday morning.

“I am thrilled to remain the head coach for the Chicago Bandits! After being on staff for two years, it is clear that Mayor Stephens, GM Toni Calmeyn, and the entire Bandits front office are second to none,” Head coach Lauren Lappin said. 

Lappin lead her Chicago Bandits to an incredibly successful season in 2019, guiding them to two winning streaks of 14-plus games and the title as NPF Regular Season Champions. She and fellow coaches Amber Flores and Lance McMahon were awarded NPF Coaching Staff of the Year at the 2019 NPF Awards in Rosemont.  

“We’re extremely excited to have Lauren locked-in as a Bandit for the upcoming season,” General Manager Toni Calmeyn said. “Her dedication to this team and the women in this locker room is unmatched and we couldn’t be happier having her lead us next season.”

The 2008 U.S. Olympian served as an assistant coach for the Bandits during the 2018 season and assumed her head coaching responsibilities from Stacey Nuveman-Deniz. In Lappin’s first campaign as bench-boss last year, the Bandits posted a record of 38-7 and became an unstoppable, tight-knit group.

“Our sport is lucky to have such a passionate and committed group of humans leading the best organization in pro softball, whose priority is to always give back to the game while pushing the professional platform forward,” Lappin said. ”The 2019 Bandits team was an incredibly special group that accomplished so much together and had a blast doing it! I can’t wait to lead this group to another successful season in Rosemont. Go Bandits!”

Those 2019 Regular Season Champion Bandits and their fearless leader return to Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2020 season, ready to face new challenges and defy new odds. 


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