Catcher, Chicago Bandits, NPF
Kristyn Sandberg is the current catcher for the Chicago Bandits in the National Professional Fastpitch league. A No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 Draft of the USSSA Pride, Sandberg has put together a solid career so far, totaling 33 home runs, 22 doubles and 117 RBI in only 603 at-bats. During her seven years in the professional ranks, she also has thrown out 37 percent of the baserunners (42 of 115) who attempted to steal a base—showing that she is both an offensive and defensive threat to opposing teams. The Island Park, NY native enters her first season with the Bandits, coming over from the former-NPF Texas Charge.
Complementing her pro experience—254 appearances and counting—Sandberg also has made strides as a coach, serving as the assistant softball coach for the Syracuse Orange during the 2016 and 2017 seasons, where the team went a combined 58-45. The team's 31-19 mark during the 2016-17 season was their best since 2012. Before that, Sandberg was the graduate manager with LSU Tigers' softball program, where she helped coach the 2015 team that made it to the Women's College World Series.
Coach Sandberg was a standout athlete during her time at the University of Georgia, beginning her freshman year in 2009. That year she started in 56 games, quickly making a name for herself with nine home runs and 26 RBI (not to mention she threw out 14 baserunners!), and earning All-SEC Freshman Team honors. Over the next three seasons, Sandberg didn't let up either. She hit .344, .303, and .358, respectively, and belted 36 more home runs to finish out an incredible collegiate career...that went way beyond the field. During her four years, the off-the-field accolades were just as impressive:
- SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll
- Athletic Director's Honor Roll
- Four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll
- SEC Community Service Team
- National Society of Collegiate Scholars member
- CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Second Team
...to name a few.
She kept her education "moving" in 2015 when she earned her master's degree in kinesiology from LSU.
Sandberg also was a superior athlete in high school. While at West Hempstead High School, she lettered in basketball, soccer, and softball, while also playing hockey (which she still loves to do). Her senior year, Sandberg batted an outstanding .784—yes, you read that correctly—with 12 home runs, on her way to First-team All-Long Island honors. Like the collegiate marks that followed, she also excelled academically, earning achievements such as Spanish Honor Society, President of Athletes Helping Athletes, Outstanding Performance in physical education, science, health, orchestra, and Spanish. She was also a member of the National Honor Society.
Today, when Sandberg isn't on the softball field, you can find her on the ski slopes, or perhaps catching some waves...or at the nearest Tex-Mex spot eating chips and queso.