Three men join ranks of elite bowling coaching group


    USBC Coaching

    Illinois, Michigan and New Jersey coaches earn USBC Gold certification

    USBCCoachingLogo.jpg The highest level of the United States Bowling Congress Coaching program recently expanded by three, increasing the total membership of this elite Gold group to 29. Brian Chilcutt, Round Lake, Ill., Lou Marquez, St. Clair Shores, Mich., and Ken Yokobosky, Fredon, N.J., recently earned USBC Coaching Gold level status upon completing comprehensive validation sessions before a USBC Coaching review panel.

    USBC Coaching - the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee - offers five levels of certification: Level I, Level II, Bronze, Silver and Gold. The finest instructors in the United States teach the USBC Coaching certification conferences which train and certify coaches to teach the sport of bowling.

    To attain Gold certification, coaches must be certified through the USBC Coaching Silver level and have mastered coaching skills in the physical game, lane play, equipment, mental game, videotaping, video analysis and giving lessons.

    2006USBCBobMaki.jpg "USBC Coaching is proud to announce the addition of Brian, Lou and Ken to our family of USBC Gold coaches," said Director of USBC Coaching Bob Maki. "All three have extensive coaching experience, strong communication skills and demonstrated excellent pro shop abilities, bowling equipment knowledge and proficiency in videotape analysis during the validation process."

    2007USBCGoldBrianChilcutt.jpg Chilcutt (pictured right) owns Striking Difference Pro Shop at Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, Ill., and is certified through the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association.

    The USBC and Professional Bowlers Association member has rolled 28 perfect games and six 800 three-game series. Chilcutt mentored under USBC Gold coach and Hawthorn Lanes general manager and proprietor Bill Spigner.

    2007USBCGoldLouMarquez.jpg Marquez (left) is the manager of the Turbo 2-N-1 Grips manufacturing and bowling training facility near Detroit in Chesterfield, Mich.

    The former manager of Kegel Training Center in Lake Wales, Fla., taught dozens of top level pros and elite amateurs in Florida using video analysis and C.A.T.S. (Computer Aided Tracking System) technology.

    He also worked with international coach Sid Allen in Asia and spent a year living and coaching in Hong Kong. Marquez, who has been in the bowling and pro shop business since 1980, joined the Turbo staff recently after a short stint with Qubica/AMF.

    2007USBCGoldKenYokobosky.jpg Yokobosky is an assistant coach for USBC Team USA, the U.S. national amateur bowling squad. The three-year touring member of the PBA has been involved in coaching bowling for nearly 20 years.

    Yokobosky, a USBC Silver coach, was an Academic All-American at Caldwell College in New Jersey.

    Yokobosky owns the Pro-Image Bowling pro shop located inside Rockaway Lanes in Rockaway, N.J., where he conducts individual and group lessons.

    He mentored under USBC Gold coaches Fred Borden, Jeri Edwards and Gordon Vadakin.