BPAA announces new Director of Youth


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    Chad Murphy accepts new post at International Bowling Campus

    BPAADrirectorYouthChadMurphy.jpgThe Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) announces the appointment of bowling industry veteran Chad Murphy (pictured) as its new Director of Youth. As BPAA continues to redefine its strategic priorities, Murphy will assume responsibilities of managing existing programs and developing new proprietor-driven initiatives aimed at growing the sport among young bowlers.

    "Chad is a bowling industry insider who knows the game, the product and the people," said Steven Johnson, executive director of BPAA. "His expertise will bring tremendous value not only to refining what we currently offer, but in developing new programs that will create excitement and enthusiasm from proprietor, youth bowlers and their parents." Johnson added, "We know Chad will be an instant asset to BPAA as well as a great resource to the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and their youth department."

    Murphy comes to BPAA from Ebonite International in Hopkinsville, Ky., where he served as the Columbia 300 brand manager since 2007. Before that, he worked at Columbia Industries in San Antonio for eight years and served as technical tour consultant for Columbia 300 on the PBA Tour from 1998 to 2001.

    "I'm excited about this new opportunity to work with the BPAA team to help our great sport grow in as many ways possible," said Murphy. "As a lifelong bowler, I believe this game to be fun and competitive which is exactly what I have experienced all of my life. With two future youth bowlers of my own, I appreciate a great deal that part of BPAA's new strategy includes growing our sport with the youth segment and I can't wait to get started!"

    In 1998, Murphy was a member of the United States National Bowling Team that won the Silver Medal at the World Tenpin Cup in Amsterdam. In both 1994 and 1996, his team, the Ebonite Nitro/R's, captured the World Team Challenge Grand Championship Finals. In 2005, Murphy was honored by Bowlers Journal International Magazine as one of the "Top 100" coaches.

    Murphy is expected to assume his new duties in mid-April. His wife, Jennifer and sons Joshua (6) and Noah (3) will make the move at the end of the school year in May. When not on the lanes, Murphy enjoys golf, good movies, interesting books and great friendships.