Bill O’Neill Joins USBC Board of Directors

by Bob Johnson 0

Bill O’Neill of Langhorne, Pa., has been selected to serve on the United States Bowling Congress Board of Directors starting with the 2016-17 season.

O’Neill was selected to serve as an athlete representative on the board. He fills the spot opened when Mike Fagan chose not to seek reelection, and O’Neill’s term will run through the 2018-19 season.

A seven-time member of Team USA, O’Neill captured 24 medals in international competition, including 15 golds. He retired from Team USA earlier this year, but continues to compete on the PBA Tour.

O’Neill captured his seventh career PBA title when he won the PBA/PWBA Xtra Frame Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles with Shannon O'Keefe over the summer.

“I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the USBC Board,” O’Neill said. “This is a great chance for me to give back to the sport that has provided me with so much throughout my career.”

O’Neill earned All-America honors each of his four years at Saginaw Valley State University, and the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association named him Most Valuable Player in 2003 and 2004.

He joined the PBA Tour in 2005-06 and earned Rookie of the Year honors. He won his first two titles during the 2009-10 season, including the U.S. Open title.

For more information on the USBC Board, go to BOWL.com/Board.

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Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.