2013-2014 Muskingum University Bowling Team
|Not pictured: Mariah James, Tara Taylor & Joy Witzke
...to Lauren Mayberry, of Mechanicsburg, and Ryan Wolfe, of
Kettering, on winning the 2013 JTBA Muskingum University Open, held at
Sunrise Strikes Lanes, in Zanesville.
Bowling: Muskingum University's Newest Club Sport
Muskingum University is launching both men's and women's bowling as club sports beginning this fall. Tryouts for the team will be in September, and they will begin their season with their first tournament at the end of that month.
Doug Smith has been named 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 will be Sunrise Strikes in Zanesville, 12 miles west of campus. Coach Smith has been the Head Coach of Men's and Women's Bowling for the past 5 years at Zanesville High School. With the help of his ZHS staff, he has led the women to two State Championship Tournaments with a 3rd place finish in 2012-13.
The AHIBC consists of 20 collegiate bowling clubs, and the teams participate in tournaments throughout the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
In addition to bowling, Smith has two 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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (740.683.4863).