'Paeng' certifies new USBC coaches in Philippines

    05/06/08

    Coaching

     Seven new coaches have been certified at the USBC Bronze level following a recent conference in the Philippines led by USBC Coach/Instructor and world champion bowler Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno.

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    Seven new coaches have been certified at the USBC Bronze level following a recent conference in the Philippines led by USBC Coach/Instructor and world champion bowler Rafael "Paeng" Nepomuceno, pictured fourth from right. The new USBC Bronze coaches are pictured, from left: Ricardo "Jojo" Bulan, Edgardo D. Vargas, Evangeline Santos, Amorsolo Pardo, Rey "Toti" Daval-Santos, Ralph S. Martin and Akihiro Kuwahara.


    Among the Bronze coaches certified during the three-day seminar at Paeng's Midtown Bowl in Manila, Philippines, was Ricardo "Jojo" Bulan, a Filipino bowling center manager based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, who flew in all the way from the Middle East to take part in the USBC certification seminars.

    Others who were certified were: Akihiro Kuwahara and Ralph Martin, both of whom flew in from Davao City, a province in the south of the Philippines; Edgardo Vargas, a UNICEF executive based in Manila; Amorsolo Pardo; Evangeline Santos; and Rey "Toti" Daval-Santos.

    It was the first USBC Level I and Bronze seminar taught this year by Nepomuceno, a USBC Level I and Bronze Instructor who teaches Level I and Bronze classes in the Philippines and Asia. The coaches he trains and certifies through the USBC program will in turn develop bowlers in that region.

    This week Nepomuceno is conducting a three-day USBC Silver certification conference, another groundbreaking event as it is the first time that the USBC Silver seminar is being held outside the United States.

    In July, Nepomuceno is scheduled to hold several USBC international coaching seminars. He will hold a Level I and Bronze conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, and Silver conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore in September.

    Nepomuceno's training is part of the USBC effort to create an international coach training program and bolster the strength of federations within bowling's world governing body, the Federation Internationale des Quilleurs (FIQ - bowling's world governing body).

    As part of that international strategy, USBC also plans to develop more online coach training with the overall goal to expand USBC's reach globally through information and education. All this is in line with the continued efforts of USBC to secure a spot for the sport of bowling in the Olympics.

    Nepomuceno continues to actively compete. He recently returned from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he finished third in the 2nd Kingdom Open.

    Nepomuceno, 50, is a six-time world bowling champion who is widely regarded as the greatest international bowler in the sport's history. The left-hander, who was named FIQ Bowling Athlete of the Millennium in 1999, has won a record four World Cup championships in three different decades and 118 bowling titles worldwide in his career.