Maki leaves USBC Coaching to co-own bowling center


    USBC Coaching

    Garber, Wunderlich assume interim leadership duties

    2006USBCBobMaki.jpg DavidGarber_small.jpg Director of the United States Bowling Congress Coaching Program Bob Maki (pictured left) has resigned his position to become a co-owner of Alpine Lanes in Muskego, Wis.

    Team USA High Performance Director David Garber (right) and Director of USBC Sport Bowling Steve Wunderlich will jointly assume leadership of USBC Coaching on an interim basis.

    Maki was instrumental in advancing many aspects of the USBC Coaching certification program since he took over the leadership post in 2002.

    Maki and his staff revamped the curriculum for the Level I, Bronze, Silver and Gold level coaching certification courses, created the Athlete Development Drills Guidebook, started the USBC Coaches Association which includes a $1 million liability insurance policy for coaches and worked closely with the International Bowling and Pro Shop Instructors Association and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America on an annual coaching/pro shop summit.

    Maki, 49, spent 19 years with USBC and its predecessor organizations. Maki, a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate, was managing a bowling center in the Milwaukee area in 1988 when he joined the Lane Dressing department for the American Bowling Congress. He went on to work in the ABC Rules department before becoming Manager of Coaching Certification for USA Bowling in 1996.

    In 1998 Maki was named Chief Operating Officer for the Young American Bowling Alliance and USA Bowling, working in that post until 2002 when he became director of USA Bowling Coaching (now USBC Coaching).

    "I have the utmost confidence in the current USBC coaching staff to execute our plan to serve the bowling coaching community," said Maki, a USBC Silver coach.

    "Bob was a tireless worker who was committed to moving the USBC Coaching Program forward significantly. He will be sorely missed," Wunderlich said. "Going forward we will build on that strong foundation, continuing to improve our certification programs and working hard to serve our valued USBC coaches."

    As USBC moves ahead in its role as the sport's national governing body, one focus is making bowling an Olympic sport. A strong coaching program on a global scale is one key to achieving Olympic status, Garber said.

    "It is our goal to expand the reach of USBC Coaching to train more coaches which will help strengthen the sport of bowling worldwide," Garber said.

    The USBC Coaching Program - the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee - trains and certifies coaches to teach the sport of bowling. USBC Coaching offers a progression of four core coaching certification levels - Level I, Bronze, Silver and Gold - plus elective courses outside the core curriculum to give coaches additional knowledge and tools.