Team USA, Junior Team USA head coaches nominated for USOC honors


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    Edwards, Ross among USBC nominees for 2005 USOC Coaches of the Year

    The head coaches of USBC Team USA and USBC Junior Team USA and a North Carolina certified coach are the United States Bowling Congress nominees for the United States Olympic Committee's 2005 Coach of the Year awards.

    The nominees are certified coaches through the USBC Coaching Program.

    2005WCJeriEdwards.jpg Team USA head coach Jeri Edwards, Medina, Ohio, is the USBC nominee for the 2005 USOC National Coach of the Year award, which recognizes a coach of an elite-level club, collegiate, Pan Am, World Championship or Olympic Games or the coach of an elite athlete.

    The 43-year-old Edwards, a USBC Coaching Gold-level coach, led Team USA to an impressive showing in 2005: Under Edwards' stewardship, Team USA athletes won 29 gold medals and 58 medals in five tournaments.

    2005WCChampionLyndaBarnesJeriEdwards.jpg Team USA member Lynda Barnes won the QubicaAMF World Cup title (pictured right) and Team USA's men's and women's teams won gold medals at the American Zone Championships. Edwards coached six collegiate All-Americans in 2005.

    The Olympia Fields, Ill., native replaced her longtime friend Fred Borden as Team USA head coach when he retired in 2003. Edwards served two stints as a Team USA assistant coach - 1991-96 and 2000-03 - and was Junior Team USA head coach in 2002 and 2003.

    Junior Team USA head coach Rod Ross, Manteca, Calif., is the USBC nominee for the "Doc" Counsilman Science Award, which recognizes a coach who uses science, medicine and/or technology in his or her instruction or has created innovative ways to integrate sport science into coaching.

    Ross, 49, a USBC Coaching Gold-level coach and Master Instructor, has designed and developed DigiTrax* ball motion analysis software for coaches. With this system, a coach videotapes the student rolling bowling balls down the lane and the images are transferred to a computer for analysis.

    The system measures the accuracy, consistency and transitions of a student's bowling ball as it travels down the lane. With this information, coaches can isolate areas of the physical game to work on with advanced bowlers. The system also is used to analyze how different bowling balls react for bowlers.

    This enables the coach and bowler to understand how various bowling balls react on different lane conditions and, in turn, allows them to create an arsenal of bowling equipment for competition. DigiTrax* is marketed by Ebonite International.

    In 1998, Ross designed and developed BowlersMAP Digital Coaching Software, which has been marketed by Ebonite since 2003. BowlersMAP combines videotape and computer software to analyze bowling technique from start to finish.

    The Pocatello, Idaho, native was USBC's 2004 National Coach of the Year nominee and has coached former Professional Women's Bowling Association stars Leanne Barrette, Kim Terrell and Dede Davidson. Ross owns a pro shop in northern California, is an International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association charter member and IBPSIA board of directors member.

    Kelly Bednar, a USBC Coaching Silver coach and Silver Master Instructor from Raleigh, N.C., is USBC's candidate for the Developmental Coach of the Year award, which acknowledges the efforts of youth or high school coaches.

    Bednar, 37, personally coached James Gilman, Cary, N.C., and Gerald Richardson III, Raleigh, N.C., to 18th- and 22nd-place finishes, respectively, at the 2005 USA Junior Gold Bowling National Championships, a USBC event.

    Bednar's combination of coaching experience and pro shop training makes him one of the world's best and brightest bowling coaches He has successfully completed USBC Coaching certification at Level I, Level II, Bronze and Silver levels. In addition, Bednar is a Level I Coach Instructor, Level II Coach Master Instructor and Bronze and Silver Master Coach Instructor. As an IBPSIA Master Instructor, Bednar teaches the IBPSIA Pro Shop Certification Course.

    In 2001, Bednar rejoined Buffaloe Lanes (North Carolina) as Director of Coaching and Instruction. He was with Buffaloe Lanes from 1990-95 as general manager of Precision 300 Inc. while he co-owned pro shops within the three Buffaloe Lanes Family Entertainment Centers.

    As the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America North Carolina Youth Specialist, Bednar is instrumental in the promotion of the "Bowler's Ed In-School" bowling program throughout the state.

    "USBC Coaching is proud to nominate these talented USBC certified coaches for these prestigious USOC awards," said Director of USBC Coaching Bob Maki. "They demonstrate dedication and commitment to help grow the sport of bowling through instruction." The National Governing Bodies of each Olympic and Pan American sport may nominate a top coach in each of the four categories. Volunteer Coach of the Year, Developmental Coach of the Year and "Doc" Counsilman Science award winners - along with the five finalists for the National Coach of the Year - will be invited to attend the Night of Champions dinner on June 22 at a yet-to-be-determined location.

    The awards are managed through the USOC Coaching Recognition Program to recognize coaches for their contributions and to elevate the status of the coaching profession.