Amanda Ellis, a volunteer assistant with the Blazers in 2014 and former player for UAB, was hired as an assistant coach, while Lucy Bass will continue serving as a member of the staff as the Director of Operations, head coach Marla Townsend announced Tuesday.
July 1, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The UAB softball program and head coach Marla Townsend announced two staff changes on Tuesday. Lucy Bass, an 11-year assistant coach, will serve as the Director of Operations, while Amanda Ellis, a volunteer assistant this past season, will serve as an assistant coach for the Blazers.
“Having a staff that is composed of all UAB softball alumni is exciting and adds to our family atmosphere,” Townsend said. “They all know what I expect and have similar coaching philosophies. Our student-athletes are the reason we are in this profession and we take pride in striving toward excellence every day.”
Bass has been affiliated with the UAB softball program since its beginning and will continue to play a key role in player development as well as handle administrative duties for the program.
She previously held an operations position in 2006 and was an assistant coach at UAB from 2003-04 before taking a job as a physical education teacher in Birmingham. Prior to the 2003 fall season, Bass served as both a volunteer assistant and student assistant for the Blazers.
“Coach Bass has been a part of UAB softball since day one,” Townsend said. “The willingness for her to stay on board and move into an administrative position is something that will allow the coaches to spend more time developing our student-athletes. Her love for UAB is strong and I am thankful that she will continue to play a large role on our staff.”
Bass has been a member of the UAB softball program as a player, coach and camp assistant since its inaugural season in 2000. She worked as a student assistant coach during the 2001-02 campaign after spending two successful seasons as a key utility player on the Blazer squad. She most recently worked with the pitchers and catchers as a member of the coaching staff. Bass graduated in May of 2002 with a degree in social psychology and a minor in health education from UAB. Bass has twins, Hadley and Hudson.
“Amanda was a great asset to our program this spring as a volunteer coach and it reminded me about the competitiveness that she brings to the field,” Townsend said. “She is extremely knowledgeable and has a strong passion for teaching the game of softball. Amanda will play a large role in skill development and recruiting.”
She was a player for Townsend from 2001-04 and also had a long tenure in the high school ranks as head coach at Moody High School. A graduate of Satsuma High School in Mobile County, Ellis found a home behind the plate for the Blazers starting as catcher in her time at UAB.
Ellis served as a student assistant in the 2005 season and earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education. She then followed up her bachelor’s with a master’s in physical education in 2009 at UAB.
She was a recipient of The Birmingham News Coach of the Year award in 2011 as she led the Blue Devils to five-straight area titles from 2009-13. Ellis also guided Moody to a runner-up finish in the state championship in 2011, a third-place finish in 2009 and fifth-place finish in 2010.
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