The David Dahms Coach of the Year Award recognizes a United States Bowling Congress-certified coach who has been actively involved in a USBC Youth program and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of USBC Youth rules.
Solomon was selected by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee from those nominated.
“Having dedicated most of the spare time of my adult life to the sport of youth bowling, receiving the David Dahms Award shows appreciation for all the work I’ve done and the accomplishments of the bowlers I’ve had the honor of working with,” said Solomon, a USBC Bronze coach.
“Not only do I have my own grandkids in the program, but the children of my former bowlers make up a good portion of the leagues. My wife, Susan, and I refer to all of them as our grandchildren.”
Solomon began coaching youth bowlers at age 18, after taking his first coaching class. In 1989, he was asked to be the youth director at Beach Bowl and continues to run the program that has awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships.
For nearly 20 years of the program he has run a Bowler of the Month Scholarship tournament and an annual Summer Scholarship League that pulls in bowlers from throughout the Jacksonville area.
He has been the Florida State Pepsi tournament director for the last 11 years, and also started the Florida Handicap Finals to run alongside the tournament after the Pepsi event went to a scratch format.
On the national level, he began working the Junior Gold Championships back in 2012. For the last two events, he has served as a tournament center lead.
Solomon, inducted into the Jacksonville Coaches Hall of Fame in 2001 and honored as Coach of the Year in 2002, has been on the Florida State USBC Youth board for 17 years and currently serves as vice president. He has held many positions at the local level.
The David Dahms Coach of the Year Award is named in honor of the coach who was instrumental in the creation of the Junior Gold program.
For being selected as the 2016 recipient of the award, Solomon will receive an expenses-paid trip to the USBC Convention, set for April 26-29 in Las Vegas, where he will be presented with the award.
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