John Jowdy to receive the WBW 2006 Outstanding International Coach Award


    WBW News

    Republished courtesy of WBW Worldletter-Plus (March 2006 issue)

    ColumnistJohnJowdy.jpg John Jowdy of California, USA, follows in the footsteps of Tom Kouros, Sid Allen, Fred Borden and Magnus Johnson to become the fifth person to receive the World Bowling Writers Tom Kouros Outstanding International Coach Award.

    'You couldn't meet a nicer guy' certainly applies to this outstanding gentleman, and you probably couldn't meet a more talented coach either. For more than 40 years, many of the top professional players and leading amateur bowlers will credit John for the incredible knowledge and advice that he can pass on.

    2006JohnJowdyWBWCotY.jpg John is still very active, although well into his 80s, even writing a monthly column in Bowlers Journal International. Last year he traveled to Vienna in Austria to coach players at the Vienna Open and, along with his trademark foot-long cigar, John will make the return journey this year to the 4th Vienna Open, October 17-22.

    A few of his lifetime achievements include:
    • PBA Hall of Fame - 1998
    • Texas Hall of Fame - 1999
    • ABC Hall of Fame - 2001
    • Worked for Columbia Industries from 1962-1985 as Columbia's representative on PBA Tour, attending every PBA tournament. He continued to be with Columbia to this day.
    • Coached well over 100 PBA stars and women pro bowlers for free - at one Firestone tournament of Champions. Four of the TV finalists publicly thanked John for helping them make the TV finals.
    • Held bowling clinics in the United States, Canada, St. Martins, Japan, UAE and Austria.

    Hazel_McLeary_5225.jpg WBW President Hazel McLeary will make the official presentation to John during the upcoming USBC Convention in Baton Rouge.