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Bowling: Muskingum University's Newest Club Sport

Doug SmithDoug Smith, is a USBC Bronze Certified Coach, member of the USBC Coaches Association, National College Bowling Coaches Association, and is beginning his 4th year as the head coach for both the men's and women's teams, which will be members of the American Heartland Intercollegiate Bowling Conference (AHIBC). The teams' practice center is Sunrise Strikes in Zanesville, 12 miles west of campus. The Muskie Women finished 4th in the nation at the Club Collegiate National Tournament last season and a new group of Freshman with the returning upper classmen will make for solid squads on both teams. The AHIBC consists of 20 collegiate bowling clubs, and the teams participate in tournaments throughout the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.

Coach Smith has also been the Head Coach of Girl’s and Boy’s Bowling for the past 8 years at Zanesville High School. With the help of his ZHS staff, he has led the Girl’s to three State Championship Tournaments with a 3rd place finish in 2012-13 and the Boy’s to two State Championships with a 3rd place finish in 2015-16.

Coach BarnetteCoach Rick Barnette joins the staff as an Assistant. He has coached at New Lexington High School since 2008 and was a tremendous help to the Muskies last season. He is an USBC Silver Certified Coach, National College Bowling Coaches Association, and member of the USBC Coaches Association. Attended the All American Pro Shop and is certified to operate a bowling pro shop.

 

 

 

 

In addition to bowling, Smith has three foundations for his program:
• Team Mentoring Program. Smith places heavy emphasis on helping his student athletes adjust to campus life and the expectations of college academics. He aims to help students succeed in their coursework.
• "Purpose-Driven" Program. This aspect of the program will help students to set short-term goals in three areas of their lives: Personal/Family; Spiritual/Moral; and Caring/Giving. Each student will implement a plan to achieve the goals they set for themselves.
• Accountability Program. All student/bowlers are held accountable to do what they are supposed to do. Making the Gold Group means you get rewarded.
Coach Doug Smith is available to talk to students who are interested in learning more about the bowling team and its program. He can be reached by e-mail (dougs@muskingum.edu) or phone (740.683.4863).

Club Collegiate 4th place champions