Sept. 19, 2017
The Hawks are ready to build on a trip to the 2016-17 NCAA Championships.
PRINCESS ANNE, Maryland - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced that head bowling coach Kayla Bandy has been signed to an extension through the 20-21 season.
Bandy is approaching her fifth season at Maryland Eastern Shore and this past season led the Hawks back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013-14. In four seasons under Bandy, The Shore has won three Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, made two trips to the United States Bowling Congress Collegiate Team Championships and travels to the NCAA Tournament twice.
She was named MEAC Coach of the Year two times (2015-16, 2016-17) and recruited two-time All-American and two-time MEAC Player of the Year Thashaina Seraus (Oranjestad, Aruba).
“Because of our history of success, we hold the bowling program to a high standard,” Athletic Director Keith Davidson said. “Living up to those expectations is a challenge that Kayla accepted and rose to.”
After making the USBC semifinals at the end of the 2-15-16 season despite a roster which featured eight new faces, the Hawks set their sights on returning to the NCAA Tournament.
In 2016-17, the squad did just that advancing to the final day where it fell to five-time NCAA Champion Nebraska 4-3 in match play. The 2017-18 team returns all bowlers from that roster except Seraus, including USBC singles semifinalist Jackie Rhoda who is now a junior.
Bandy’s record over four seasons with the Maroon and Gray is 350-152 overall and 101-16 in MEAC play.
“Kayla has shown an ability to not only lead and succeed, but to re-fill the roster with talent and maintain that level,” Davidson said. “She has focused on no only building the talent, but also the infrastructure that we need to compete in the changing landscape of collegiate bowling.”
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