Aug 19, 2013
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall Head Coach Shonda Stanton and the Thundering Herd softball team welcomes Chanda Bell to the coaching staff. The former University of Kentucky pitcher (2009-12) will be overseeing the Marshall bullpen.
“Chanda helped propel UK softball onto the national stage and a relevant program in the SEC,” said Stanton. “She is a proven winner and will serve as a great role model for our players. I look forward to the value she will add to Herd softball as we look to build on the success of 2013.”
The Indianapolis native was a golden addition to the Wildcats pitching staff since her 2009 freshman season. As a rookie, she earned a spot on the All-SEC Freshman Academic Team and an SEC Freshman Player of the Week accolade. She made UK history against Western Kentucky, pitching the Wildcats’ first no-hitter. Bell claimed the school record for strikeouts in a season and broke the UK single-game record with 15 strikeouts on three occasions, setting a precedent for herself for later years to come.
As a sophomore, she earned All-SEC Academic Team honors, broke her own single-season record with 288 strikeouts and earned an NCAA win over Ohio State. In her 2011 junior season, she became the first UK player to rack up 700 or more strikeouts in a career. She threw the school’s first SEC no-hitter against Mississippi State, and the school’s first perfect game against Austin Peay. She took her second NCAA victory against Michigan in the third game of the NCAA regional.
As a senior, she threw 208 strikeouts, being the only pitcher in UK history to have four seasons with 200 or more K’s. She earned SEC Pitcher of the Week honors two consecutive weeks, while also taking NFCA National Player of the Week – the first player in history to receive the accolade. She became the Wildcats’ all-time winningest pitcher and earned All-SEC Tournament team honors in the 2012 season.
Bell went 68-44 with six saves and 17 shutouts. She had a career ERA of 2.55 and pitched 910 strikeouts in 724 innings.
Once her tenure as a student-athlete was complete, she stayed at her alma mater as a student assistant coach. Bell was on the UK coaching staff in the NCAA Lexington (Ky.) Regional last May when the Herd faced the Wildcats in the regional opener.
“I am excited for both Chanda and Marshall University,” said Kentucky Head Coach Rachel Lawson. “I have had both the pleasure of coaching Chanda and working with her on my staff. In both aspects, she has proved to be a true student of the game and has tremendous respect both for softball and the athletes who compete on the field.
“I am confident that Chanda will be an excellent addition to the coaching profession and will help Marshall and Shonda continue with their winning tradition.”