Photo credit: Seminole State College Athletics
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits named former All-American Amber Flores as an assistant coach for the 2019 season, team officials announced Monday morning.
Flores, the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NPF Draft by the USSSA Pride, currently serves as the head coach for Seminole State College, a junior college in Seminole, Oklahoma.
“I would like to thank the Chicago Bandits organization for this incredible opportunity to coach in the NPF,” Flores said. “The Bandits organization has been, for a long time standing, one of the most respected organizations in softball and it’s a privilege to be a part of. I look forward to competing for an NPF championship this summer alongside some of the best players in the world. I look forward to the hard work ahead and am ready for the challenges.”
Across her first six seasons at the helm of Seminole State’s softball program, Flores compiled an impressive 264-73 record. The Calexico, California product led the Trojans to a 50-7 mark last year and capped off the season with a berth to the NJCAA Division I Softball Championship Tournament.
“We are thrilled to welcome Amber aboard our coaching staff for this upcoming season,” Bandits general manager Toni Calmeyn said. “She brings a wealth of experience, both as a former player and as a coach, and will be an asset to the Bandits organization.”
Prior to her time at Seminole State, Flores served as the hitting and outfield coach for Stony Brook University. During her lone season with the Seawolves in 2012, she helped guide the team to a 36-17-1 record, which tied the program’s all-time mark for wins in a single season.
In addition to her impressive coaching pedigree, Flores enjoyed tremendous success as a player at the collegiate level. Throughout her historic four-year career at the University of Oklahoma, she garnered NFCA All-American honors three times and held the school record for home runs, walks, extra-base hits, slugging percentage and on-base percentage at the time of her graduation. Her mark for career home runs (56) stood as the Big 12 Conference’s all-time record, as well.
At the conclusion of her senior season in Norman, Flores became the first softball player in Big 12 history to capture the conference’s Player of the Year award twice.
The four-time Cowles Cup champion Chicago Bandits will be back at Parkway Bank Sports Complex for the 2019 season. For more information about the Chicago Bandits or to reserve your season tickets, please visit chicagobandits.com or call the box office at 877-722-6348.
ABOUT CHICAGO BANDITS
Since 2005, the Chicago Bandits have been members of the National Pro Fastpitch league. Entering their 15th season as a franchise, the Bandits have provided the Chicago area with high-level softball talent and entertainment en route to capturing six regular-season titles and four Cowles Cup championships, the most recent coming during the 2016 campaign. Located in Rosemont, the Bandits play at Parkway Bank Sports Complex, one of the premier softball facilities in the nation. Parkway Bank Sports Complex is the only stadium in the country built exclusively for a women’s professional softball team. The Bandits provide an opportunity for female fastpitch softball players to further their careers at the professional level and have included legendary figures such as Jennie Finch, Tammy Williams and Stacy May-Johnson.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.