OKLAHOMA CITY – UCF softball head coach Cindy Ball-Malone has been selected as an assistant coach for the 2019 U.S. Junior Women’s National Team. Ball-Malone will work the team throughout 2019, including at the Junior Women's World Championship in Irvine, Calif., in August.
“I am truly thankful for this opportunity given to me by USA Softball and Coach Heather Tarr,” said Ball-Malone.
Ball-Malone will work alongside the 2019 Junior Women’s National Team and Washington head coach, Heather Tarr. Ball-Malone worked with Tarr at Washington from 2011-2012 as an assistant coach working primarily with the pitchers and as a recruiting coordinator. Ball-Malone will join Florida head coach Tim Walton and Georgia associate head coach Tony Baldwin as assistant coaches for the U-19 Women's National Team.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to work with the talented athletes that were selected. This will be a remarkable experience working with these young athletes and traveling the world representing the red, white, and blue and bring back what I learn throughout the summer to UCF.”
Ball-Malone joined 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.
Coach Ball-Malone and the Knights are off to a 12-6 start to the 2019 season, one of the best starts in program history.
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About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 69 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.