Three-day event starts Friday with a 17-team field, featuring 12 of the nation's top teams.
Hawks return five and add three newcomers in hopes of another title.
Five-time National Champion to retire from collegiate coaching.
Lady Hawks attend NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament in College Park, Md.
Some Hawks are making their second trip to Las Vegas this season.
Se Megan Raymond's shots from the award presentations at the 2013 UMES Hawk Classic
See John Peterson's shots from Nebraska as UMES topped Wichita State to earn a berth in the finals.
See Joey Gardner's shots of the UMES student-athletes receiving Proclamations from the Town of Princess Anne.
See John Peterson's images from the Hawks capturing the 2013 USBC Collegiate National Championship.
See Tim Fuller's shots from the event the night before the championships.
Tyler Schmitz enters his second year as the Assistant Women's Bowling Coach at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A native of Green Bay, Wisc., Tyler was the assistant coach for the Lady Hawks for the 2012-13 USBC National Champion season.
Schmitz brings a plethora of experience with him to the Hawks' coaching staff. A former collegiate standout at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he participated in five consecutive USBC Junior Gold Championships from 2005-09 and has bowled ten career 300 games and five career 800 series. At UW-Whitewater, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player twice and led the team to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2007. He was named an All-Academic recipient in 2007.
Schmitz previously worked with the program as an academic advisor, and has a vast knowledge of lane play and lane conditions. Having already been involved in the program, the team is already comfortable with him and takes to his teachings well.
"I am thrilled that Tyler is coming on board to help us," said Interim Head Coach Kristina Frahm. "Luckily, Tyler was here, knows the very high expectations of our program, how we operate and has the skill set to step in and be a factor as a coach right away."
He currently resides in Salisbury, Md. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, and watching the Green Bay Packers and Milwaukee Brewers.