PEORIA, Ill. -- Bradley softball head coach Amy Hayes completed her coaching staff, announcing Chris Malveaux has joined the Braves as assistant softball coach. The one-time head coach at McNeese State, Malveaux has spent the last three years on the coaching staff at the University of Louisiana.

Malveaux helped Louisiana to three consecutive Sun Belt Conference regular-season and tournament titles in addition to three NCAA Tournament appearances during his tenure. The Ragin' Cajuns, which advanced to the NCAA Super Regionals in 2010 and finished each of the last three years ranked in the national polls, combined for a 141-42 (.770) record during his time in Lafayette, La., including a 61-16 (.792) mark in league play.

"We are very excited to have Chris on board," said Hayes. "He has worked with two of the premier programs in the country and also brings four years of head coaching experience. Most importantly his excitement for our program grew more and more as he learned our university's vision and athletic expectations. He will hit the ground running and have an immediate impact on elevating our program. His offensive production at McNeese as well as his input at perennial top 25 power UL, immediately impressed me. I have great respect for his previous head coaches and their programs and I know he has grown and defined himself through their mentorship."

The Louisiana coaching staff was selected as the NFCA South Region Coaching Staff of the Year in 2010 and the team averaged 57 home runs per season in his three years. The Ragin' Cajuns also boasted three All-Americans, two Sun Belt Conference Players of the Year, two conference pitchers of the Year, 12 first-team all-conference performers and seven second-team all-league selections in his three seasons. Malveaux joined the Cajuns coaching staff in 2009 as a volunteer assistant and was elevated to assistant coach for the 2010 and 2011 seasons.

Prior to Louisiana, Malveaux was head coach at McNeese State for four years (2005-08). He guided the Cowgirls' to the Southland Conference Tournament title and just the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history in his first season. McNeese State produced 14 all-conference selections, including six first-team picks, during his four years as head coach, a Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and two conference Utility Players of the Year.

During his time in Lake Charles, La., McNeese State belted a school season record 60 home runs in 2005 and also set the Southland Conference season record for doubles with 105.

A 2001 Texas A&M graduate, Malveaux was an assistant coach for three seasons (2002-04) at McNeese State before taking over the head coaching duties. He was a student equipment manager for the softball team at Texas A&M as an undergraduate and also coached the 18-and-under Texas Comets while in College Station, Texas.

What They Are Saying About Chris Malveaux

Jo Evans - Texas A&M Head Coach
"I have known Chris for many years and have followed his coaching career closely. He will be a great addition to the staff at Bradley. His NCAA post-season experience will be invaluable. I'm happy for Chris to have the opportunity to coach with Amy Hayes."

Stefni & Michael Lotief - Louisiana Co-Head Coaches
"We have known both Amy and Chris our entire college coaching careers. I think this is a good fit. Chris has a good heart and cares deeply about the well-being of those around him. He has been an instrumental part of our program and he will work hard in collaboration with the other coaches and players to bring about success. He has a passion for the game; his integrity is unquestionable; he is a competitor; he makes tremendous sacrifice to help others get better; and he is selfless and understands what TEAM means. He will represent Coach Hayes and Bradley University with pride. We wish him all the best!

Former McNeese State student-athlete Jenny Clay Champagne
"He has an unsurpassed craze for helping players achieve their very best-not only in softball but in all venues of life. With a winning attitude and vast enthusiasm he creates a constructive yet positive atmosphere for those who surround him."

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