Cindy Ball-Malone was named the second head coach in UCF Softball history on June 27, 2018.
In her first season, Ball-Malone and the team went 34-21 overall and 20-13 at home. Ball-Malone led five Knights to all-conference honors and three to all-region honors. She also led the team to an 11-game winning streak including a 6-0 start in American Athletic Conference play. Ball-Malone and the Knights won their second home tournament of the season winning five straight games. Working with the pitchers, Ball-Malone led Alea White and Breanna Vasquez to be a top-15 duo in all of Division I with a 1.88 ERA and coached White to her first career no-hitter.
Ball-Malone joins the Knights after four successful seasons at Boise State University. In her last two campaigns, Ball-Malone 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.
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-Malone 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.
Under Ball-Malone'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-Malone has also spent time coaching at Cal State Northridge, Cosumnes River College, Modesto Junior College, and her alma mater, Pacific.
Ball-Malone graduated from Pacific in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in sports sciences and earned her master's in education in 2006. Ball-Malone 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-Malone File
- 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
- 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