Tyson named head coach at Howard University

ROSEMONT, Ill. — Chicago Bandits 2018 assistant coach Tori Tyson has been named the head coach at Howard University, school officials announced Friday.

Tyson, working alongside Stacey Nuveman Deniz and Lauren Lappin, helped guide the Bandits to a 37-win campaign and a spot in the 2018 NPF Championship Series during her first year in Chicago. Under her leadership, Bandits pitchers sported a collective 1.58 ERA and right-hander Shelby Turnier earned a spot on the 2018 All-NPF roster.

“We are excited to see Tori take this next step in her coaching career,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She helped bring our pitching staff success this past season and we’re looking forward to seeing her continue to excel as a coach.”

In addition to her role with the Bandits, Tyson most recently served as the pitching coach at the University of Maryland. She’s held additional coaching stops at Cal State Fullerton, Bethune-Cookman and Doane College. Cal State Fullerton’s Sydney Golden and Desiree Ybarra were named Big West Freshman Pitcher of the Year and Big West Player of the Year, respectively, during Tyson’s tenure with the Titans.

Tyson spent her playing days at the University of Nebraska, where she shined as a two-way standout and led the Cornhuskers to an NCAA Tournament regional appearance in 2009. She served as the team’s captain during the 2011 season and graduated in 2012.

Tyson joins outfielder Sammy Marshall as Bandits notables to make head coaching headlines over the course of the past week. Marshall, who earned All-NPF honors during a career 2018 campaign, was named to the lead role at Judson University (NAIA) on Thursday.

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