PIKEVILLE, Ken.—University of Maryland Eastern Shore Women’s Bowling head coach Kayla Bandy received a prestigious honor earlier this month. She was inducted into her alma mater’s Hall of Fame, twice. Bandy, who had one of the most distinguished collegiate bowling careers of anyone, was inducted individually and as part of the 2008 National Championship team.
“What an honor,” said Bandy. “This is just awesome, I am so humbled and appreciative of this induction.”
She was inducted into the University of Pikeville’s Hall with previous Chancellor Paul E. Patton, former football star Justin Lamb, former men’s basketball coach Randy McCoy and her teammates from the 2008 team. The induction ceremony was held at a banquet on May 4 at the East Kentucky Expo Center.
“To go in with such a deserving class of athletes and coaches is really great,” added Bandy, “and along with former Governor Patton, who really made it possible for Pikeville Athletics to be what it is today, that alone is awe-inspiring.” Patton, the former Governor of Kentucky from 1995-2003 served as Chancellor from 2009-2013.
Bandy was inducted after putting together one of the most decorated careers in her sport. Upon her graduation from Pikeville she was a United States Bowling Congress National Champion as part of the 2008 squad, a four-time All-American and the 2005 Rookie of the Year. Not to mention, she was the Collegiate Player of the Year four times, twice in 2007 and 2008, coming once each year from the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and the Bowling Writer’s Association of America, now the IBMA.
At the time of the honor, she was just the fourth woman to ever win multiple National Player of the Year honors.
Her senior year she averaged a 202 and helped Pikeville capture the 2008 USBC Collegiate National Championship at the Intercollegiate Team Championships. The team was also inducted in the same ceremony, giving Bandy the double induction.
“To go in with my teammates is wonderful,” Bandy. “They all deserve it, they accomplished so much and to win the school’s second ever National Championship, I am honored to be a part of the team and to call them all my teammates and friends.”
The title came the same year that UMES won their first NCAA National Championship. Ironically, it was Pikeville who eliminated UMES in the semi-finals of the ITCs. The Bears went on to top Wichita State in Wichita, Kansas for the title with a 2-0 (184-171, 183-158) win.
It was the school’s second national championship for legendary coach Ron Damron, who also led the Bears to a win in 2004, also over Wichita State.
At the time of the win, Bandy described it as “the best day of my life, no question about it.”
Bandy, a Danville, Va. native, is a 2008 graduate of Pikeville with a B.S. in Psychology. Upon graduation she worked at Pikeville as the assistant coach for women’s bowling while also serving in other roles during her time, including, the director of residence life, student activities coordinator and Upward Bound coordinator.