Bowling's top players to serve as Interscholastic Coaching Certification Program trainers


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    USBC High School, USBC Collegiate and USBC Coaching team up to address need for coaches

    The United States Bowling Congress has announced an all-star lineup of the sport's top athletes who will serve as certified trainers for its new Interscholastic Coaching Certification Program slated to begin this summer.

    With the rapid expansion of interscholastic bowling programs, USBC High School, USBC Collegiate and USBC Coaching have joined together to create the coaching certification program to address the need for coaches.

    Lonnie_Waliczek_1394.jpgThe elite lineup of trainers include the following USBC-certified coaches: Professional Bowlers Association pros Lonnie Waliczek (pictured), Rick Steelsmith, Jeff Lizzi and Del Ballard; Professional Women's Bowling Association players Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Kim Terrell, Cathy Dorin-Lizzi and Kendra Gaines; Team USA member and amateur standout Diandra Asbaty and noted instructor Ron Hatfield. Each trainer will conduct clinics in the region where they are based to help reduce the cost for attendees.

    "We really have a dream team of trainers," said Director of USBC High School Christine E. Zahn. "Those who register for the program will get training from some of the best. It would be like getting instruction from Davis Love III or Karrie Webb in golf."

    The program was initially created to meet the goal of having a trained bowling coach for every high school that has a varsity or club program. Designed for those who have coaching experience and those who have limited or no bowling background, the program has been expanded to include anyone who would like to be involved in coaching and leading an interscholastic bowling program at the college, high school and middle school levels.

    "We are kind of a victim of our success," Zahn said. "Currently many programs' coaching needs are being filled by teachers or other educational personnel who don't necessarily have a background in bowling but are committed to high school bowling programs."

    For those who do not have any USBC coaching certification, the Interscholastic Coaching Certification Program is a four-part process which consists of the following:

    Part 1: One day of training which consists of four hours of classroom instruction and four hours of on-lane drills.

    Part 2: Successful completion of USBC's Level 1 coaching certification program.

    Part 3: Successful completion of USBC's Bronze Level coaching certification program.

    Part 4: Successful completion of the National Federation of State High School Associations Coaching Principles course, the American Sport Education Program (ASEP) first aid and CPR courses and any interscholastic association required courses.

    The first three parts must be completed in order but part 4 may be completed at any time. Those already certified as USBC Level 1 or Bronze Level coaches may apply their certifications to the new program.

    "We believe that coaching is so critical not only for making a bowler better but also to nurture interest in the sport for the long term," said Director of USBC Collegiate Jeanne Klescewski. "At the collegiate level coaching is extremely important not just for the obvious competitive reasons but it also plays a key role in fostering the bowler's experience for future adult competition."

    "Any successful sports program begins with coaching," said Director of USBC Coaching Bob Maki. "We want to provide coaches with the education and tools so their athletes can grow their skills as well."

    Interscholastic Coaching intro workshops will be conducted upon the request of schools or bowling centers that guarantee a minimum of 16 attendees.