Kayla Bandy
Kayla  Bandy

Head Coach

Alma Mater (YR):
Pikeville '08


Second loss at USBC Intercollegiate Team Championships send Hawks home

Hawks come up short against Schenectady in morning matchup


Eastern Shore in MEAC final Sunday against North Carolina A&T

Hawks win back-to-back matches against Hornets to advance


Hawks fall to North Carolina A&T State in MEAC final

Eastern Shore turns attention to USBC Championships


Hawks looking to earn NCAA berth this weekend at MEAC

Conference winner gets automatic berth for the first time


Hawks go 2-3 on first day of Music City

Eastern Shore looks to rebound on Saturday


Hawk Spotlight: Alexandra Hernandez

Standout bowler Alexandra Hernandez joined the Hawks all the way from Venezuela and has found a second family among her Eastern Shore teammates.


The Hawk Bowling Elite Camp

Coach Bandy and members of the Hawk bowling team hosted campers from June 18-21.


MEAC Championships Day2

Hawks advance to final with 4-1 record and a pair of wins versus both Morgan State and Delaware State


MEAC Championship vs. N.C. A&T

The Hawks top the Aggies 4-1 to win the MEAC Championship.


UMES at the Prairie View A&M Invitational

The Hawks came in eighth place at this year's Prairie View A&M Invite in Arlington, Texas.


2015 "The Harry's"

2015 "The Harry's" (Photo by Lloydlee Heite)

Head coach Kayla Bandy is entering her sixth season at the helm of the Hawks’ bowling program, having already garnered three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) titles, a USBC semifinals appearance and an NCAA semifinals appearance.

In 2013-14, her first season as head coach, Bandy led the program to a seventh Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championship and an 11th straight NCAA Championship appearance. Her team made it all the way to the semi-finals of the NCAAs falling to eventual champion Sam Houston State to finish in third place. They put together a 95-23 record and were 28-2 in conference play.

An eighth MEAC title came the following season (2014-15) as the Hawks finished 29-1 in MEAC play. They went 29-1 in league play and 96-43 overall, the second most wins of any team in the NCAA that season. They won 70-percent of their matches played, including five tournament titles, three in the MEAC North, the MEAC Championship and the Mid-Winter Classic hosted by Arkansas State. They also bowled the third perfect Baker game in program history.

In 2015-16, the team finished 71-41 (18-6 MEAC) despite featuring eight new faces to go with returners Thashaina Seraus and Melanie Copey. The team finished in first place in the MEAC North Division and Bandy won MEAC Coach of the Year.

Seraus MEAC Bowler of the Year as well as being named runner-up for the International Bowling Media Association’s National Bowler of the Year.

While they did not gain an NCAA tournament berth, a late season run saw them make the semifinals at the USBC Championships. The Hawks finished the season ranked 12th in the National Tenpins Coaches Association (NTCA) final poll.

A strong recruiting class and the unexpected return of Seraus — after gaining back a year of NCAA eligibility — laid the groundwork for another good campaign the following year.

2016-17 marked another rise for the Hawks as they won the MEAC again and returned to both the NCAA and USBC Championships.

Eastern Shore completed the first of its season goals with a 4-1 win in the MEAC Championship against North Carolina A&T State University. Seraus and Alexandra Hernandez were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Hawks (84-39, 19-5 MEAC) — after finishing the season by winning 29 of theur last 33 games — then learned they earned one of eight berths to the NCAA championship and would return for the first time since 2014.

Eastern Shore dropped a heartbreaking battle with five-time champion Nebraska during bracket play to oust them from the NCAA Championship. The following week their USBC Championship run ended with a loss to Stephen F. Austin.

Seraus was honored with the MEAC Bowler of the Year for the second straight year as well as First-Team All MEAC honors. She was also an NTCA Second-Team All-American.

Freshman Cayla Hicks was named co-Rookie of the Year along with Delaware State's Alexis Neuer.

Sophomore Jacqueline Rhoda adcanced to the semifinals of the United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Singles Championship.

Rhoda earned Second-Team All-MEAC honors, while Copey was voted to the third team. Bandy was named MEAC Coach of the Year for a third time.

The 2017-18 season was a bit of a struggle as the returning Hawks faced the year without Seraus for the first time along with injuries and adversity.

The Hawks returned to the finals of the MEAC Championship, but this time fell to North Carolina A&T State.

Bandy’s teams have also excelled off the lanes, winning the NTCA All-Academic award for having the highest GPA among all women’s bowling teams in the nation in 2014-15 (a first for UMES) while capturing the UMES Team of Scholars Award (highest team GPA of any team at the school) for each of her first three seasons. They also do volunteer work in the community.

She earned her USBC Silver coaching certification in April of 2015 and also bowls professionally as a PWBA member where she has a 203.99 average in 2016 after averaging 203.75 in 2015.

In her time on The Shore, Bandy has held summer camps for kids and in the Summer of 2018 ran her first prospect camp at the university.

Bandy came to the Hawks 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 with 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.

As a bowler, Bandy is a two-time Junior Team USA Member (2005-06) 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.

Bandy graduated from Pikeville in 2008 with a B.S. in Psychology.

She not only served as the Assistant Coach at Pikeville, but also worked as its Director of Residence Life, Student Activities Coordinator and Upward Bound Coordinator during her tenure.

Bandy was inducted into the Pikeville Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014, the same year she entered the Danville (Va.) USBC Hall of Fame. She is also a member of the Virginia State USBC Youth Hall of Fame. Bandy now resides in Salisbury, Md. and is the daughter of Pamela and David Bandy of Danville, Va.

Kayla Bandy's Maryland Eastern Shore coaching record:

Year School Overall Head-to-Head Baker
2013-14 Maryland Eastern Shore 95-23 28-2 42-13 14-1 53-11 14-1
2014-15 Maryland Eastern Shore 96-43 29-1 48-21 14-1 48-22 15-0
2015-16 Maryland Eastern Shore 71-41 18-6 33-17 10-2 38-24 8-4
2016-17 Maryland Eastern Shore 88-45 26-7 35-25 11-6 53-20 15-1
2017-18 Maryland Eastern Shore 79-44 18-6 35-17 9-3 44-27 9-3
Total 429-196 119-22 193-93 58-13 236-104 61-9

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