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Two more former Cats get coaching gigs

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Fresh off the great news of former Wildcat great Walter McCarty landing a new job with the Boston Celtics, two more former Wildcats have found coaching destinations for next season. Granted, it is not quite as high profile as the NBA, but anything to keep the Big Blue Nation entrenched in the coaching world is a good thing.

Former softball stars Brittany Cervantes and Chanda Bell — not-so arguably the greatest hitter and pitcher respectively, in program history — two players who put UK softball on the map, have been hired as assistant coaches at the Division-I ranks.

Both Cervantes and Bell had spent last season on the UK coaching staff; Cervantes as a volunteer assistant helping to train the offense, and Bell as a student assistant, having a significant impact on the young pitching squad.

Certanvtes has been hired at Loyola Chicago as an assistant coach where she will surely focus on hitting. She has spent the last two summers playing in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Chicago Bandits where she is batting .255 with six homers and 17 RBI through 31 games this season.

As a Wildcat, Cervantes ranks first all-time in RBI, home runs, fourth in doubles, second in walks, and second in slugging percentage. Playing catcher and third base, she was named to the SEC All-Defensive team in 2012.

Chanda Bell will begin her coaching career at Marshall, where she was hired to manage the bullpen. Bell is the greatest pitcher to ever wear the Wildcats uniform, as her name is up and down the school record book for pitching; owning the top mark for opponent batting average, strikeouts, wins, and saves. She is second all-time in innings pitched, games started, and ERA.

Congratulations to these former Wildcats. If you follow college softball closely, keep an eye out for these gals. They are going to do big things on the circuit.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

7 Comments for Two more former Cats get coaching gigs



  1. StangLuvr
    4:45 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats ladies. Two of my daughter’s favorite players while at camp and being a bat girl.



  2. Jackson Purchase
    4:56 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats ladies, coach Lawson has this program headed in the right direction.



  3. Oh Wow
    5:00 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Oh wow look, see over there, yeah way over there. Yeah you see that one guy over there by himslef, he is the only one that cares about college softball. Honestly Stu read the mission statement,
    “University of Kentucky Basketball, Football, and Recruiting news brought to you in the most ridiculous manner possible.”
    Now we talking bout softball (pretty sure Allen Iverson doesnt mind me borrowing his grammar). I’ll admit talking about softball is news in a pretty ridiculus manner but come on.



  4. Nick
    5:07 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    “If you follow college softball closely”

    I’ll have to cross that off the “phrases I’ll never read” list.



  5. trey
    5:28 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    3) no need to be an asshole over the one bit of softball news we’ll get all month. Those two were very good, and Cervantes was one of the better hitters in the country. Show a little respect for the other teams.



  6. red heeded step child
    6:30 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Congrats to the former players.

    @3, with a daughter currently playing college softball, I’m interested.

    Just because you never had the skill set to ever play a sport and you were probably picked last on the sand lot, does not give you the right to pick on college girls.
    I would even bet you couldn’t hang at the plate against a college pitcher. These girls can BRING IT.
    Your an asshole!



  7. LuvAllUKsports
    7:01 pm August 21, 2013 Permalink

    Very happy for the young women. Great opportunities for both of them. I know the Marshall program gets great community support judging by the large number of their very enthusiastic fans at this year’s regional.