‘Top 100 Coaches’ List for 2012 Now Online

by Bob Johnson 0

The July issue of Bowlers Journal International featured the annual “Top 100 Coaches” listing, as determined by an independent panel of judges. You’ll find the new list here.

We’d like to thank the 157 coaches who submitted applications this year, a number that forced the judging panel to make some very tough decisions. The panel is asked to include a representative sampling of all coaching levels, from youth league instructors all the way through coaches with elite certifications.

If you follow the coaching scene closely, you may notice that a few well-known names are missing from the list. In each of the cases we’ve heard about, it was simply a matter of the coach in question failing to submit an application form. We ask coaches to submit an updated form each year, mainly as a way of verifying that they are still active. If an application form is not received, the panel has nothing to evaluate.

In order to get the word out, we post the application form on this website at least two months ahead of the submission deadline, and also ask USBC Coaching and IBPSIA to send reminders to their members. We’d like to thank both of those groups for their help in that regard.

If someone you feel is deserving is missing from the 2012 list, be sure to encourage them to submit a form next year. The 2013 applications will be available on this site beginning in March.

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.