Kelly Bednar named STE Director of Skills Center


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    2007STEKellyBednar.jpg Kelly Bednar has been named Director of Skills Center for Strike Ten Entertainment (STE), the marketing arm of the bowling industry that is supported by the United States Bowling Congress (USBC), and managed by the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA).

    Bednar is a USBC Silver level certified coach who has been named one of the nations Top 100 Coaches by the Bowler Journal and selected as the U.S. Olympic Committee 2005 Developmental Coach of the Year. Bednar is also a former pro shop owner and has served as Director of Coaching and Instruction for Buffaloe Lanes, a three center operation in North Carolina. In that capacity he participated as the BPAA Youth Specialist for North Carolina and was instrumental in promoting the Bowler's Ed In-School bowling program throughout the state.

    "I am excited to be involved with a program that will bring bowler retention to a new level," commented Bednar. "Through the necessary unity of instructor, pro shop and proprietor this proven concept will further develop the creation and maintenance of all types of bowlers through several levels of instruction."

    Bednar is charged with developing and implementing the Skills Center program, a concept allowing for the alignment of strategic interests of STE, USBC, BPAA, the International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association (IBPSIA) and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA). The objective is to better train and brand "bowling teaching professionals" and "Skill Center" pro shops with expanded offerings.

    Joe Schumacker, BPAA President, who has initiated this concept declared, "Kelly has outstanding credentials in completing and coordinating this program, one that is sure to advance the bowling industry to the next level." Jim Sturm, Chair of STE added, "Kelly is a highly regarded individual in the industry who has developed this concept in a smaller scale in North Carolina and has the passion and ability to successfully convey the effort to the coaches, pro shops and bowling centers."

    Headquartered in Arlington, Texas, the 74-year-old Bowling Proprietors' Association of America represents the business interests of bowling center owners worldwide.