Rod Ross named head coach of USBC International Training Center

    06/19/08

    USBC Coaching

    USBCRodRossITCHeadCoach.jpg Rod Ross, one of the most respected and innovative coaches in the sport of bowling, has been named the first head coach of the United States Bowling Congress International Training Center that will be constructed at the national governing body's new headquarters facility in Arlington, Texas.

    Ross, 52, is the current head coach of Junior Team USA - the national youth amateur bowling team - and one of just 30 bowling coaches in the world certified at the USBC Gold level, the organization's highest.

    He has coached numerous professional and world-renowned amateur bowlers and has helped revolutionize coaching in the sport by developing cutting-edge computer and video training technology that have become industry standards. He will use these resources at the new training center along with recently developed and patented USBC coaching technology.

    "It is an extreme honor to be named the first head coach of the new USBC International Training Center," said Ross, who is expected to begin his new position in January 2009 and will continue as Junior Team USA head coach.

    "I am very excited to be part of what promises to be a truly state-of-the-art facility for bowlers and coaches worldwide. The technology we will have available will lead coaching and the sport of bowling into the future. We'll be the leader, studying bowling as a sport. It's an exciting opportunity for advancing the sport."

    Ross, who as a Master Instructor with USBC Coaching advises coaches as well as bowlers, will direct the training center that will be located adjacent to the new USBC headquarters in Arlington.

    Groundbreaking for the facility is expected in late summer, with the building expected to be completed by June 2009. Plans call for the facility to have 20 bowling lanes, 14 for training and six for research and testing of bowling equipment.

    Advanced technology and teaching tools will be a key component of the training center to help improve the skills of coaches and bowlers alike. The facility will be a coaching and training destination for Team USA, Junior Team USA and national teams from countries around the world. In addition, the training center will be available for a fee to any bowlers who want to take high-tech coaching lessons.

    "For more than a decade, Rod has been a pioneering force in bowling coaching technology, which is a major focus of USBC as it moves forward," said USBC Vice President - National Governing Body Neil Stremmel.

    "Rod's background and expertise in coaching and technology makes him the perfect fit to make the USBC International Training Center the premier coaching and research center in the world."

    Ross and his wife, Teresa, a USBC Silver coach, have owned and operated Bowlers Connection, Inc., a pro shop and high tech training center at Manteca Bowl in Manteca, Calif., considered the premier bowling training facility in the western United States.

    Ross, a native of Pocatello, Idaho, has served on the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association board of directors. He trains and advises pro shop operators around the world with his extensive knowledge of modern bowling equipment.