Who is she? Chanda Bell, a former ace pitcher for the Kentucky Wildcats.
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What is she known for? Bell ended her playing career as the Wildcats’ all-time winningest pitcher and threw the program’s first-ever no-hitter and perfect game. En route to her 910 career strikeouts, she set numerous single-season and career strikeout records. Bell went on to play a single season for the Chicago Bandits.
Here’s something interesting… Chanda is one of a trio of Bell sisters that played college softball. Older sister Chelsea played for Marian University, an NAIA school in Indianapolis, Indiana, while younger sister Chaunsey played for Alabama, including on the 2012 National Championship-winning squad.
Quotable quote: “The greatest advice I can give to the next generation is to be coachable and to “buy in” to your coaches and your team’s culture. The culture of your team is so important and you must always remember that, as a part of a team, you must have the “WE before ME” mentality. Also, you must remember that it is a privilege to play softball (at any level). And if you get the opportunity to play in college while you earn your degree, know that you are the 1%; take advantage of this opportunity, be ALL IN, give it everything you have for your short 4 years so you won’t have any regrets!”
What they’re saying --- “Our system at Marshall has allowed [Chanda’s] strong work ethic and knowledge to thrive. Chanda trains our athletes extremely well because of her patience, calm demeanor and rapport that she builds. She is an exemplary model of a strong, confident woman that we desire our Herd softball players to become. It has been a joy to watch Chanda grow into one of the rising stars in our business.” – Marshall University head softball coach Shonda Stanton
What’s she up to now? After a single season as a graduate assistant at her alma mater, Chanda was hired as the pitching coach at Marshall, a position she still holds. In 2016, Bell’s pitching staff posted a cumulative ERA of 3.41 while collecting 309 strikeouts and thirty victories.
Keep up: You can find Chanda on Twitter @ChandaBell2