Kim Terrell makes a favorable impression at Delaware State

    12/11/07

    Column

    By Joe Lyou (Tenpin Slants)

    KimTerrell.jpg Kim Terrell says she loves her new job as the bowling coach at Delaware State University. The popular San Francisco native took over the program at the beginning of the fall semester last September. That's why she was unable to compete in the recent PBA Women's Series on ESPN.

    It didn't take long for Terrell to make a favorable impression at Delaware State. This was verified by the monthly women's bowling poll conducted by the National Tenpin Coaches Assn. (NTCA), recognized as "the voice and leadership of NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Assn.) bowling."

    In the October NTCA Poll, Delaware State was ranked 18th among the NCAA women's bowling teams. In the November poll, the university, located in Dover, Del., was ranked eighth.

    The November NTCA news release stated that the Lady Hornets of Delaware State "are off to the best start in program history." The Hornets, at that time, had a fine 25-4 won-lost record.

    This doesn't surprise those who are familiar with Terrell's outstanding bowling background.

    Terrell recorded nine victories during her professional career, including the 2001 U.S. Women's Open and the 2002 USBC Queens. At San Jose State, Terrell was a two-time All-American while earning a bachelor's degree in health science.

    A USBC Silver coach and USBC Collegiate spokesperson, Terrell will continue in those positions while she is at Delaware State.

    When she was a member of the PWBA (Professional Women's Bowling Assn.), she was a three-time winner of the PWBA's Robby Award, given to the player "best exemplifying the most positive image of women in professional bowling both on and off the lanes." The PWBA Tour folded in 2003.

    When Terrell was appointed head coach at Delaware State, she was quoted as saying, "This is an exciting opportunity—something I always wanted to do. I'm looking forward to the challenge of building a program."

    No one expected it would be done so quickly. And who knows? Perhaps there may be an NCAA championship for the Lady Hornets in the near future.

    For the record, NCAA defending champion Vanderbilt University is ranked No. 1 in the latest NTCA Poll.

    The University of Nebraska, Coach Bill Straub's perennial tenpin powerhouse, is No. 2, while the University of Maryland Eastern Shore is No. 3. There are about 45 women's bowling teams competing for NCAA laurels, and more schools are joining every year.