USBC's Monce becomes youngest member of elite bowling coach group

    08/22/08

    USBC Coaching

    Illinois resident becomes just 31st in world to earn USBC Gold certification

    2008USBCGoldCoachBillMonce.jpg The United States Bowling Congress has added Bill Monce to its most elite group of professional coaches, certifying him as a USBC Gold level coach.

    Monce, a coaching specialist for the USBC Coaching program in Greendale, Wis., and former collegiate bowler, becomes just the 31st USBC Gold coach in the world. He currently is the youngest Gold coach at age 35.

    To attain Gold level 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 instruction. Candidates must complete an extensive body of requirements and exercises, then successfully demonstrate skills and knowledge to a USBC Coaching review panel during a final validation session.

    Gold is the highest of four levels of certification attainable through USBC Coaching, which trains and certifies coaches to teach the sport of bowling. USBC Coaching is the only coaching program for bowling recognized by the United States Olympic Committee.

    "We welcome Bill to the influential group of Gold coaches in our USBC program," said David Garber, co-director of USBC Coaching and Team USA high performance director. "Only the cream of the coaching crop advance to the Gold level. Bill has an extensive amount of knowledge and experience in a wide spectrum of bowling coaching disciplines, such as the scientific principles of modern bowling ball motion, exceptional communication ability, pro shop skills and using high tech video and computer analysis software to help his students.

    "Bill also is one of our exceptional USBC Bronze Instructors who teach the conferences around the country that certify other USBC coaches," Garber continued. "Coaches such as Bill Monce help people continue to participate in bowling and lead the way to growing the sport."

    "My hard work has paid off and I am honored to join the ranks of the USBC Gold coaches," said Monce, a Wheaton, Ill., resident and native of Peoria, Ill.

    In his role as USBC coaching specialist since 2007, Monce is responsible for developing and implementing coach training programs, identifying and producing new revenue streams and assisting in developing new coaching technology. For example, Monce was instrumental in helping USBC develop and patent sophisticated biomechanics technology dealing with foot and grip pressure. The computerized system uses sensors to precisely measure pressure points of a bowler's gripping hand and feet during the approach and delivery.

    While at USBC, Monce also has gained experience in the international coaching arena, a current area of emphasis for the national governing body. Monce assisted at an exclusive International Coach/Instructor Training seminar for 21 of the world*s top bowling coaches which USBC hosted in February. In addition, Monce has certified USBC coaches from Colombia, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Jordan, the Netherlands and Thailand.

    Prior to coming to USBC, Monce was a Midwest territory sales manager for Bob's Business Inc., of Red Wing, Minn., a bowling products distributor. From 2002-04, Monce was the national director of sales and marketing for Track International, Inc., of San Antonio, Texas. Before that, Monce was a pro shop specialist with KR Strikeforce and a pro shop sales representative with AMF.

    Monce was a member of the 1996 national championship bowling team from the University of Nebraska, where he earned a B.A. degree in Education-Social Sciences.

    Monce is a certified technician with the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association.