ROSEMONT IL (February 27, 2017) – The Chicago Bandits have named Kyla Holas as the team’s assistant coach, general manager Toni Calmeyn announced Monday morning.
Holas, who most recently served as the head coach at the University of Houston from 1999-2016, compiled an impressive 563-376-1 record with the Cougars. Her run included seven NCAA regional appearances and two super regional berths.
“We’re excited to bring Kyla Holas aboard for the upcoming season,” Calmeyn said. “She brings years of experience at the collegiate level and we’re looking forward to seeing her continue to develop players here in Rosemont.”
During her 16-year tenure in Houston, Holas earned Conference-USA Coach of the Year twice (2007, 2008) and captured three regular season championships. Additionally, she oversaw the construction of the Cougar Softball Stadium prior to the 2002 season, a complex costing $2.4 million.
Holas’ prior coaching duties included stops at Florida and Northern Illinois.
As a four-year standout pitcher at Louisiana-Lafayette (then named the University of Southwestern Louisiana), Holas was named a three-time All-American. She compiled a 104-20 career mark in the circle, but also did yeoman’s work at the plate, finishing her collegiate career with a .301 batting average. Louisiana-Lafayette inducted her in the school’s Hall of Fame in 1999. Holas’ No. 11 jersey is also retired by the school.
Holas will join a Bandits coaching staff featuring Sharonda McDonald, who was tabbed as the team’s next head coach on Feb. 21, 2017.
For more information about the Chicago Bandits, or to inquire about becoming a season ticket holder for the 2017 season, visit www.chicagobandits.com or call the front office at 877-722-6348.
About Chicago Bandits
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch players to further their careers at a professional level, and the roster has included such names as Jennie Finch, Stacy May-Johnson, Monica Abbott and Tammy Williams. The four-time NPF Champions, who are owned by Bill Sokolis, play at The Ballpark at Rosemont, the only stadium in the country built for a women's professional team. The 2017 season will be the Bandits 13th season in the NPF.
About National Pro Fastpitch
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) is headquartered in Nashville, Tenn. The league, created to give elite female fastpitch players the opportunity to pursue a professional career in their chosen sport, has operated since 1997 under the names of Women’s Pro Fastpitch (WPF) and Women’s Pro Softball League (WPSL). NPF is the Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball in the category of women’s fastpitch softball and has been since 2002.