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Coach of the Year

2018 CUSBC Coach of the Year

By:  Bette Addington, California Bowling Writers


Clovis, CA—There’s a lot to be said for all the accomplishments that Chris Preble has racked up over his bowling career so far, but he recently was notified about a new one—CUSBC Coach of the Year, 2018!  Preble will be presented with this honor at the CUSBC 2018 State Convention, which will be taking place the weekend of June 9-10, at Hotel Picadilly in Fresno.  Preble was notified by CUSBC President Rosie Parker and said, “It was quite unexpected.” 

To give you more of an insight in the making of this great coach of the Fresno State Bulldogs Bowling Men & Women’s Teams, here is how it all began.  Chris was born in Fresno, 51 years ago and lived in Fresno most of his childhood and then later moved “all the way” to Clovis.  His bowling career started when he was 11 years old when a friend from school invited him to join a league.  This friend must have had a lot of influence as Chris did not come from a bowling family and luckily he lived close enough to Sunnyside Bowl that he could ride his bike to go bowling.  He was soon taken under the guidance of Robbie Tanaka, who was his first coach.  Preble already was hooked on the game and intrigued about the movement of the ball on the lane and said, “Understanding how to make a bowling ball hook was the first thing I loved about the game.”  Preble then went on to be coached by the late, great, Glenn Carlson when he was a collegiate bowler at Fresno State.  Preble added, “I wouldn’t be where I am today, or who I am today, without either of their influences” (Tanaka and Carlson).  Glenn Carlson was the one who approached Chris to assist with the Men’s program at Fresno State in 2002. 

Before we learn more about his coaching career at Fresno State, here’s some info on Chris the bowler and his own career.  He’s had (51) career 300 games and (27) 800 series to date along with (2) PBA Regional titles and was the 1993 PBA Western Region Rookie of the Year.  He currently competes in scratch events up and down our State and is about to go bowl the USBC Open Nationals in Syracuse, NY.  Besides that, he is open to help out his association, Central California USBC, as a volunteer coach and helped them establish a Learn-to-Bowl program along with a Youth Camp last year that was a huge success.  He gives private lessons as well and I know for a fact he is more than happy to pair up with an up-and-coming youth to bowl an Adult-Jr. event like the annual Tony Reyes Memorial! 

Preble recently completed his 15th year coaching the Fresno State Bulldog Team (2018 marks his 9th year as Head Coach).  This year he had eleven players in the program.  He has two assistant coaches—Craig Donaldson & Kiana Rowe.  In addition, Kevin Kwok continues to provide assistance with fundraising for their program (Erick Buckley and Chad Uyehara have also provided invaluable assistance in past seasons).  Preble added, “It definitely takes a village to build a collegiate bowling program.”  Fresno State is one the oldest state university to have a bowling team (Coach Carlson established the program in the 1969-70 season).  The bowling program is also the oldest club on the Fresno campus as well. 

The Fresno Bulldogs had eleven players (mixed team) in the program this season.  In the past, they have had as many as 20 players on the team.  Their season starts up in August, and depending how the season goes, completes in March, or hopefully in April at the national championships!  They typically have four practices a week.  Three are 1-1/2 hours and one is for 2 hours.  This year’s mixed team had an average range of 166 to 201.  When asked what his favorite part of coaching is, he said, “When players come to our program, typically their experience in the game is fairly limited.  One thing I really enjoy is watching players overcome their perceived limitations.  Whether it’s by playing an area of the lane they never would have considered or, overcoming the pressure of an important moment in a match.  Seeing the growth and maturation is pretty cool.”  Team players are allowed four years of competition and typically his players use all of their available eligibility.  Preble was happy to report that “Nationally, collegiate bowling is growing!”  172 schools fielded Men’s teams during this 2017-18 season and 142 schools fielded Women’s teams. 

Preble has had great success getting the Fresno State Bulldog Bowling Team recognized as he coached them to the 2011 Intercollegiate Team Championship Title.  In 2015, they received the Club Championship (named after Glenn Carlson).  Preble, himself, has been recognized as Collegiate Coach of the Year (2006-07) and made the Top 100 Coaches in the US list by Bowlers Journal International in both 2013 and 2015. 

Chris is married to wife, Dana, and they have two daughters, Audree (20) and Averee (16).  Both of his daughters are involved with swimming so any free time he might have would be seeing them at their swimming events. 

The Fresno Bulldog Bowling Team is getting set to host their 3rd annual Golf Tournament fundraiser and they also plan on having a Tri-Tip Dinner fundraiser.  Dates should be out soon so watch for these events as they are popular and a great way to support this team.

For youth bowlers out there wondering if they might qualify to be a part of the Fresno Bulldogs Bowling Team in the near future, Chris said, “If you’re in high school and have a passion for our game, please reach out to a college that provides a collegiate bowling experience.  I believe collegiate bowling is the healthiest level of bowling available.  Being part of a team in a mostly individually based sport is very rewarding.  If you have any questions about our program, I can be reached at”

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2018 CUSBC Youth Director of the Year

Ken Meryman has been the Youth Director at Mira Mesa Lanes since 2013. He is a strong supporter of their youth program having hosted the Pepsi District Finals in 2012, 2015 & 2018. Ken has organized many fundraisers for the Mira Mesa Youth Program while also finding outside sponsors to help offset the lineage for his youth house tournaments and to help increase the scholarship funds.

During the holiday season, his youth bowlers conduct opportunity drawings during adult leagues to raise money and then shop for toys with the local Marines. The center also promotes Toys 4 Tots and is an official drop off location.

On the lanes, Ken is also a great coach giving the youth opportunities to bowl on different sport patterns and helping some of the older youth bowlers with getting to the next level. His monthly youth house tournaments are extremely challenging, which help push the youth to learn faster and gain invaluable experience.

2017 CUSBC Coach of the Year

Lee Fitzgerald was introduced to the game of bowling when Canoga Park Bowl opened up just a block away from her house in 1958. 

Lee has always had the support of her husband John and her two sons, William and Michael. All of which are into the sport of bowling.

1984–2002, Lee volunteered her time at San Hi Lanes running the youth program, building it from 6 lanes and no parent involvement to 32 lanes and several parents assisting. Lee also achieved various coaching certificates including; CCI, Brunswick, WIBC and Level II at that time.  Lee received coach of the year twice when it was YABA and was a runner-up for the National Coach of the Year award.

2002–2016, Lee was Youth Director at Del Rosa Lanes, where she went after San Hi closed. Del Rosa closed in 2016 so she brought her youth to Brunswick Foothill Lanes in Fontana where they hadn’t had an active youth program in many years.

Not only am I coaching with help from other coaches, I try to make it fun and get parents involved by running monthly Adult/Jr Scrambler Tournaments where the youth earn scholarships. League bowlers earn scholarships as well.

I started doing my own online processing of memberships and awards. Youth need their recognition right away, they need to be enthusiastic and excited, need to instill passion, without the youth bowling as we know it will die…

1996-2005, was Citrus Belt YBA Secretary, assisted in various workshops, including training of Youth Directors, holding League Secretary Workshops and presenting WinLabs workshops at State Conventions.

Lee credits her passion and desire for youth bowlers to one of her first coaches at Canoga Park Bowl – a lady name Rusty. She kept the game fun and that’s what it’s about. Organized, rules, learn but have fun. 

2017 CUSBC Coach of the Year

My first recollection about the sport of bowling was rolling a ball down the lanes in the late 1950s at McClellan Air Force Base with my family and where my mother worked as a nurse. We even tossed coins down to the “pin boys” at the conclusion of our bowling to tip them for setting up the pins each frame for us.  My parents always told me that I seemed fascinated by any ball in motion.

As a youth bowler, I bowled league at the local 10 lane center named Roseville Bowl and rolled my first 200 game in 1962 at age 12. The first book about bowling that I read as a youth was “How to make Spares” by Don Carter. This information excited me about bowling even more. Additionally, I enjoyed watching great bowlers on television back when our sport enjoyed the position of importance that it still deserves.

Now let us fast forward through high school and college where I focused mainly on baseball and a little studying. I bowled various leagues as an adult with some being more competitive than others. When my son was in high school, we began bowling in a Junior/Adult League. We still reflect back on these fun times together. This is an experience that I wish for all families to share!

When I retired from my career in 2005, I asked the Youth Director at Crestview Lanes if he needed any additional youth coaches.  Not only did he say yes, but he generously offered to pay for my attendance at USBC coaching courses. I transitioned from Level I to Bronze certified coach and then Silver certified coach. I have been coaching youth almost every weekend since 2005 and currently coach youth at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes. Additionally, I coached the University of California, Davis Varsity women in 2011 and the Varsity men in 2012. Also, I joined the Greater Sacramento Area USBC in 2007 and served as Youth Committee Chair for 4 years.

My typical week includes giving bowling lessons to youth and adults, helping with the youth program on Saturdays and bowling in leagues a couple times a week. Oh yeah, and I am currently serving a two year term as President of the Greater Sacramento Area USBC.

2015 CUSBC Coach of the Year

My mother was born in a German colony in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was trained as a Nurse. My father was from Sicily, Italy and emigrated from there just after WWII because of the famine in Italy after the war. He was a Map maker during the war, but was also an accomplished Mason.

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 24th 1954. My mother worked for Evita Peron. When Evita Peron died, my mother, soon knew that we needed to immigrate to the United States. Because she knew English and was a Nurse, in 1962, she came to Florida first and then my father and my two brothers and I came several months later.

We quickly adapted to the new American lifestyle and were speaking English and assimilated into the culture within months. After three years in the Florida sun, my father found out that there was work for a mason in Elizabeth, New Jersey so off we went.

The New Jersey experiment was only for five years due to the weather. We quickly found out that it was hard making a living when there was snow on the ground for eight months of the year. So off we were again to California.

We landed in Paso Robles. The five years there were awesome. Spent three of my four high school years there. And, because of work again, we moved to Sacramento in 1972 and have been there ever since.

I met my wife Debi right out of High School and we married in 1976. We had 2 kids, Tiana and Jason.   Soon after, I began coaching when Jason and Tiana got into T-Ball and got hooked working with the kids.

I was also a newbie bowler and soon after I got both of them at ages five and six involved in the junior program at Firesides Lanes in Citrus Heights, CA. Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about bowling so I began my training with the beginner coaching classes.  I spent a few years with the junior program at Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento and then went back to Fireside Lanes for a few more years. When our director was approached to move her program to a newer facility we all went to the state of the art facility in Rocklin called Strikes.

I have been coaching for 35 years and wouldn’t give up a single one. The kids always give back more that I give. They have taught me to be a better bowler and a better person. As a coach you are a role model whether you are in the bowling alley or at the mall buying shoes, you should act as a role model. You never know when the students you are and have been associated with will be watching and learning from you.

I want to thank Debbie Haggerty, the Cal USBC and especially the kids for this honor.

Joe Jimenez

joe jimenezIn 1996, my daughter Samantha’s babysitter asks if Sam could join her daughter Jennifer at friendly hills to bowl in a league. Well my wife, Tommie, and I agreed it would be a good idea. So Sam joined her first bumper league. One day I want to see how everything was going at the bowling center. I did not know much about bowling them except that your arm is supposed to follow through to the top. Like when you raise your hand in class to answer a question. Sam wasn’t doing this so I asked her to brought her bowling ball up on the concourse and had an her to roll the ball to me and told her make sure her arm swings through all the way to the top. I guess that is where my coaching career started on the concourse at Friendly Hills.

Full of enthusiasm I was looking for any information I could find. Back then the best source was still the library any books any videotape anything. I would go into pro shops and ask questions about technique, bowl in pro-ams so I could talk with the pros. I would get some good information at the same time developing my own game.

By now my youngest daughter Natalie who was five and had started bowling. We had moved over to La Habra 300 were I met Molly Bradley, the junior director. She asked if I would not mind helping out with her junior program. She informed me I could go to a training class for coaching YABA level. I my instructor was a coach named Gary Keiler. His enthusiasm inspired me to the point where I needed to learn more. So I enrolled in level II class. Eventually becoming a bronze certified instructor than USBC Silver. Along the way meeting a lot of awesome bowlers and coaches. I’ve had the privilege of learning from coaches such as Suzy Minchew, Rod Ross, Dr. Dean Hinitz, Mark Baker ,Virginia Norton, Bill Taylor, and Dick Ritger to name a few.

I’ve watched young junior bowlers grow up from bumper bowler one day to driving to the center the next day, graduating high school and going on to college. Although my primary reason for coaching is junior bowlers, developing them for the next level for the next coach. I have also worked with many adults. There is nothing better than getting that phone call in the middle of the night and the voice on the other side says I just shot my highest game or my best series ever. I remember a gentleman named Bob. He was 89 years old. He was averaging 172 he said his goal was to average his age plus 100. Bob and I worked together for a while and one day I was walking through the center and Bob comes up to me with his league sheet and says my average is 191. The smile on his face was priceless. Another instance was a young lady named Heather. I met Heather midway through her league. I helped Heather straighten out her swing, and I drilled her new bowling ball before she went to sweepers. So Heather calls me from Las Vegas and says I just won our sweeper. I had the highest series of anybody. Heather was engaged to be married and with the money she won, she was able to buy her wedding dress. How awesome is that to help people achieve their goals by just telling them nope try it again.

Now in closing I like to thank a few people I know I will forget someone so I apologize.  First my friends and fellow coaches, Al Mojato Steve Lindsey even though we have different approaches we learned and grew together. Kenny Clay my second set of eyes – your growth and development of a coach far surpassed my expectations. The kids, who force me to get better at what I was doing in order for them to get better at what they were doing. My daughter Samantha who is a past CA Star of Tomorrow recipient and CA State Pepsi Champion and the seventh woman to shoot 300 at the USBC Open. And her sister Natalie who is also a past CA State Pepsi Champion as well as the Junior Gold National Champion and a member of Jr Team USA as well as a three-time All-American at the University of Central Missouri.

And finally, my wife Tommie who I love very much. Thanks for being there the last 32 years and allowing me to hang out at bowling centers for the last 17 years. You all have inspiration to become a better person, father, husband and coach.  Thank you very much – I hope I can continue to grow.


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