UCF named Boise State's Cindy Ball its new head softball coach on Wednesday:
Let's ball!— UCF Softball (@UCF_Softball) June 27, 2018
We're excited to welcome the new leader of our program, @CoachBallMalone ⚔️
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Later that day, UCF released a video of Ball and her family being introduced to her players - or at least those who were in town and able to video chat in to see her - by UCF athletic director Danny White:
Ball spent four seasons as head coach at Boise State, helping to turn around a program that was near the bottom of the Mountain West to the NCAA Tournament in 2018.
Ball led the Broncos to the Seattle Regional in 2018 after winning the Mountain West Championship with a 40-16 overall record on the season.
She is the second head coach in Boise State history and now becomes the second head coach in UCF history, taking over for Renee Luers-Gillispie, who left UCF to become the head coach at Iowa after starting the program 18 years ago.
Ball was previously been an assistant coach at Cal State Northridge and Washington prior to arrival at Boise State. Ball played college softball at Pacific.
Washington Head Coach Heather Tarr was an assistant coach at Pacific during Ball's playing career and hired Ball to be an assistant with the Huskies for two seasons (2011-2012)
"Cindy Ball is one of the best coaches in the country," Tarr told Fastpitch News and Black and Gold Banneret. "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 to build on the foundation at UCF".
Ball's hiring also received a stamp of approval from UCF alumna and Hall of Famer Stephanie Best:
Let the new Era begin!! It’s a great day to be a Knight! Great hire by @UCFDannyWhite & Brandi Stuart! https://t.co/bJnbBmn4uj— Stephanie Best (@pro_swings) June 27, 2018
Ball's first tweet as UCF's head coach:
Can’t wait to get started! #ChargeOn https://t.co/DppEhpAeh9— Cindy Ball-Malone (@CoachBallMalone) June 27, 2018