2 coach deadlines near

by Bob Johnson 0

For many years, some of the most important people in our sport — coaches — were under-appreciated and largely overlooked.

That has changed in recent years, beginning with the introduction of Bowlers Journal International's "100 Top Coaches" program. Now in its fifth year, the program provides recognition to men and women at all coaching levels — from youth programs through the pros — via a special feature story, supplemented by exposure throughout the year in the magazine's "Tenpin Tutor" instructional column.

More recently, the STE Skills Center introduced the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame, which honors men and women who have devoted a significant part of their lives to helping bowlers get better.

This month, applications are due for both honors.

The nomination deadline for the Bowling Coaches Hall of Fame is April 16, and nomination forms are available at steskillscenter.com, bpaa.com, ibpsia.com and bowl.com (in the Coaching section).

The application deadline for BJI's "100 Top Coaches," meanwhile, has been extended to April 30. The extension was implemented because the feature story on this year's honorees has been moved back one month. Originally scheduled for the July issue, it now will appear in the August issue.

Application forms are available here on the BJI Web site. Simply go back to the homepage and click on the "100 Top Coaches" slide in the scrolling slide show to download a form.

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.

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