MOTIV signs E.J. Tackett and Ronnie Russell to its PBA Tour staff

    04/10/14

    Industry News

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    MOTIV Bowling has announce the signing of E.J. Tackett and Ronnie Russell to its PBA Tour staff.

    Earlier this year, Tackett (pictured left) has been selected as 2012-13 Harry Golden PBA Rookie of the Year and, while not having yet won a PBA title, he already has six top 10 finishes on the PBA tour.

    "We are so excited to have E.J. sign a 5-year contract with us. He has the skill and confidence to be one of the best in the sport", stated Scott Hewitt of MOTIV. "We know the future is bright for our company and we couldn't be more pleased that E.J. has chosen to be part of the journey with us."

    Russell (right), a young veteran with a strong game, won his first PBA title during the 2012-2013 season in the 2014 Brunswick Euro Challenge in Munich, Germany, and is hungry for more.

    "He is both an incredibly talented bowler and a person of integrity," Hewitt said. "Having a strong team means a great deal to us and there is no doubt that Ronnie will be a key player".

    EJ Tackett Statistics:
    • Age: 21
    • Residence: Huntington, Ind.
    • Right handed
    • Joined PBA: 2013
    • 2013 PBA Rookie of the Year
    • Member of PBA League Team LAX
    • 6 top 10 PBA Tour finishes
    • 2nd Place at USBC Masters
    • 3rd Place at Japan Cup
    • 4th at PBA Wolf Open
    • 1 PBA Regional Title
    • 2011 and 2013 Team USA
    • 2013 Central Region Player of the Year
    • 2012 Hoinke Super Classic Champion
    • 2014 Paragon Open Champion
    Ronnie Russell Statistics:
    • Age: 34
    • Residence: Marion, Indiana
    • Right handed
    • Joined PBA: 2003
    • 1 PBA Title
    • 4 second place PBA finishes
    • 7 PBA regional titles
    • 1-time European Bowling Tour champion
    • 12 PBA 300 games
    • College 1st Team All-American
    • Vincennes University Athlete of the Year