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Time To Ball
June 27, 2018
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ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - UCF Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Daniel J. White has announced Cindy Ball as the second head coach in UCF softball history.

Ball joins the Knights after four successful seasons at Boise State University. In her last two campaigns, Ball compiled a 73-36 record. She led the squad to the program's first postseason appearance at the 2017 National Invitational Softball Championship and followed it up with a 2018 NCAA Tournament berth.

"We're very excited to bring a coach of Cindy Ball's caliber to UCF," White said. "With her success as a head coach, making postseason appearances in each of the last two seasons, and a long history of coaching and playing experience, we knew she was the best person for the job. We look forward to her continuing her success in the postseason with our Knights and welcome Cindy, her husband Robert, and their children Sawyer, Robert IV and Ryder to UCF."

In 2018, the Broncos set programs records for most wins in a season (40), most conference wins in a season (18), and the first conference title in program history defeating New Mexico in the Mountain West championship.

Ball brings a plethora of coaching experience, including a two-year stint with the Washington staff, to Orlando. In those two seasons, she served as recruiting coordinator and was responsible for the development of the Husky pitching staff. The Huskies went 76-35 during Ball's two seasons in Seattle and reached a pair of NCAA Super Regionals while developing Kaitlin Inglesby into a second team All-American.

"I feel blessed and honored to join the UCF Athletics family. The tradition and pride this institution shows fits right in with my personal goals and aspirations to help mentor and grow student-athletes through the sport of softball and the pursuit of championships," said Ball. "I wish the Boise State softball program and athletic department all the best in the endeavors. I will miss the softball team, and I thank them for the great moments we shared and our growth together. Lastly, thank you to the UCF Athletics administration for this opportunity and I look forward to leading the softball program to new heights!"

Under Ball's leadership, Inglesby held the lowest ERA on the 2012 team for the second straight year (2.31), while also leading the Huskies pitching staff in starts (30), wins (19), saves (5), complete games (21), shutouts (6), and strikeouts (169).

Ball has also spent time coaching at Cal State Northridge, Cosumnes River College, Modesto Junior College, and her alma mater, Pacific.

Ball graduated from Pacific in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in sports sciences and earned her master's in education in 2006. Ball is considered the greatest two-way player in the history of Pacific Softball earning back-to-back All-America honors and holds nine career pitching records for the Tigers.

The Cindy Ball File
Coaching Highlights
  • Head Coach at Boise State (2015-2018)
    • Back-to-back postseason appearances - first time in program history
    • 2018 Mountain West Champions - first in program history
    • Developed six All-Region selections
    • Garnered six All-Conference honorees
    • Produced Big West Player of the Year and Big West Rookie of the Year in 2018
  • Assistant Coach at Cal State Northridge (2013-2014)
    • Developed two NFCA All-West Region selections
    • Coached a pair of All-Big West First Team honorees
  • Assistant Coach at Washington (2011-2012)
    • Produced second team All-American, Kaitlyn Inglesby
    • Led Inglesby to be named to the All Pac-12 First Team, All-Pacific Region Second Team, and three player of the week awards
    • 76-35 record in two seasons
    • Two NCAA Super Regional appearances
    • Pitching coach and recruiting coordinator
  • Head Coach at Cosumnes River College (2008-2010)
    • 111-44 record as head coach
    • JC State Final Four Tournament appearance
  • Head Coach at Modesto Junior College (2007)
    • First head coaching position
    • Led program to 16-win improvement from 2006 season
  • Assistant Coach at Pacific (2002-2006)
    • Pitching coach
    • Scout coordinator
    • Coached a 126-97 four-year record
Playing Experience
  • Pitched for University of the Pacific (1999-2002)
  • Two-time All-American (2001, 2002)
  • Big West Pitcher of the Year (2001, 2002)
  • Went 33-9 in 2001, leading Pacific to a school-record of 50 wins
  • Holds pitching records at Pacific in:
    • Appearances (149)
    • Starts (116)
    • Innings pitched (883.1)
    • Wins (91)
    • Saves (10)
    • Strikeouts (761)
    • Strikeouts per seven innings (6.03)
    • Complete games (104)
    • Shutouts (45)
  • Hit .275 over four seasons with 19 home runs, 111 runs, and 76 walks drawn
  • Played professional softball in Italy for Team Bussolengo
  • Led Bussonlengo in home runs and ERA
  • Played for Stockton-Sacramento Sunbirds in the National Pro Fastpitch League
  • All-Star in Canada Cup in 2008
What Others Are Saying About Cindy Ball

"Cindy Ball is one of the best coaches in the country. What she accomplished as a student-athlete, as an assistant coach, and as a head coach at Cosumnes River and at Boise State, all speak for themselves. I'm excited to see her move her career to another level as she helps build on the foundation at UCF." - Heather Tarr, Washington Softball Head Coach

"Cindy will do a great job at UCF. She is a complete coach who has the knowledge needed in all areas of the game. She is a tireless worker that will bring that ethic to UCF. She built a great program at Boise State and she will continue to elevate the program at UCF. UCF is fortunate to land her." - Brian Kolze, University of the Pacific Softball Head Coach

"I couldn't be happier for the direction of our program and what administration is doing by bringing in someone like Cindy. They were relentless in their pursuit to bring in the best fir for the job and someone who could take our program to new heights and I am proud of that!" - Stephanie Best, UCF Hall of Fame '15.

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