PRINCESS ANNE, Md.— When interim head coach Kristina Frahm left the University of Maryland Eastern Shore in June, the program knew it had to make not only a noteworthy hire, but one that could continue the winning tradition of women's bowling at the school. Enter Kayla Bandy.
"We took our time with this hire," said Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "We knew that when Coach Frahm left things were in place. Recruiting and scheduling were done. We are very grateful for her doing that because it allowed us to take the time to find the perfect fit; we believe we have found that in Kayla [Bandy]."
Bandy comes to UMES 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 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.
"Kayla is very familiar with our program and that is a good thing, she sees the level we are bowling on and knows from her own experiences bowling and coaching what needs to be done to keep us on that level," Davidson added.
"I'm excited for the 2013-14 season at UMES," said Bandy. "The season will bring about many new experiences for me as a coach, especially transitioning to the NCAA side of the sport. I am excited to now be a head coach for the first time as well as help continue the great traditions already established here."