KAYLA BANDY NAMED NEW HEAD COACH OF UMES BOWLING
Sept. 19, 2013
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - When interim head coach Kristina Frahm left the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) in June, the program knew it had to make not only a noteworthy hire, but one that could continue the winning tradition of women's bowling at the school. Enter Kayla Bandy.
"We took our time with this hire," said Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "We knew that when Coach Frahm left things were in place. Recruiting and scheduling were done. We are very grateful for her doing that because it allowed us to take the time to find the perfect fit; we believe we have found that in Kayla [Bandy]."
Bandy comes to UMES from the University of Pikeville, where most recently she served as the assistant coach for the Bears. While Pikeville bowls as an NAIA school, they are all too familiar to the Hawks.
In 2008, Bandy bowled lead-off on the squad that topped UMES in the semi-finals of the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) Intercollegiate Team Championships. It was one of the most intense matches ever in the event, ending in favor of Pikeville 4.5-3.5. The Bears went on to win the school's second national championship in the final match. UMES had to settle for just one title that year as they were coming off of their first NCAA National Championship a week earlier.
Five years later in 2013, she was on the bench coaching when UMES topped Pikeville for the Hawks' fifth National Championship and second USBC Collegiate title.
"Kayla is very familiar with our program and that is a good thing, she sees the level we are bowling on and knows from her own experiences bowling and coaching what needs to be done to keep us on that level," Davidson added.
"I'm excited for the 2013-14 season at UMES," said Bandy. "The season will bring about many new experiences for me as a coach, especially transitioning to the NCAA side of the sport. I am excited to now be a head coach for the first time as well as help continue the great traditions already established here."
As a bowler, Bandy is a two-time Junior Team USA Member and bowled at Pikeville from 2005-2008. She was a four-time All-American, was named Rookie of the Year in 2005 and was the Collegiate Bowler of the Year by the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) and the then Bowling Writers of America (BWAA) in both 2007 and 2008. At the time, she was just the fourth woman ever to win multiple Player of the Year awards. Her senior year she amassed an average of 202 on the difficult sport patterns.
"After coaching for five years with Ron Damron, the legendary head coach at the University of Pikeville, winning a National Championship in 2008, and from my own experiences as a collegiate bowler, I am ready to win another National title with my new UMES family," said Bandy.
Bandy graduated from Pikeville in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology and is currently pursuing her Master's in Sport Management from Morehead State University. Bandy not only served as the Assistant Coach at Pikeville, but also worked as their Director of Residence Life, Student Activities Coordinator and Upward Bound Coordinator during her tenure.
Bandy now resides in Salisbury, Md. and is the daughter of Pamela and David Bandy of Danville, Va. She replaces interim head coach Kristina Frahm, who stepped down to pursue a position in her chosen field of accounting in her home state of Illinois.
"We are grateful to Coach Frahm for her work here as a coach. She is an outstanding young woman who excelled at UMES as a student-athlete, graduating with high academic honors and three National Championships. Just as she did as a student, Frahm excelled as a coach guiding us to two more titles. We can't thank her enough for her time here," said Davidson.
"However," added Davidson, "as grateful as we are to Coach Frahm, we are equally excited for Coach Bandy. We know she is a great fit here and we are confident that UMES Women's Bowling will continue to be among the best in the nation for years to come."