Chicago Bandits Name New Head Coach
Chicago Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn named Stacey Nuveman Deniz as the team's new head coach Sept. 19.
Nuveman Deniz, a three-time U.S. Olympian during her playing days, has served as associate head coach at San Diego State since the 2013 season. She 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, both 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. 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, 2006) and Pan American Championships (1993, 2003). She was named to the USA Softball coaching pool in 2010 and again in 2014.
"Stacey (Nuveman Deniz) brings a wealth of experience from all levels of the game and we are confident in her ability to lead our organization during the 2018 season," Calmeyn said.
A 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 batting average at the plate, smacking 31 HR with 91 RBI. She finished her college career batting .466 with 322 hits, 90 HR, 299 RBI, 173 runs, 51 doubles, 5 triples and 7 stolen bases.
The Bandits conducted a search for a new head coach following the departure of Sharonda McDonald, who guided the team to its 10th consecutive postseason berth in her lone season at the helm of the organization. McDonald departed the Bandits on Sept. 14 due to coaching obligations at Ohio State.