UMES COACHING DUO NAMED AMONG 100 BEST IN THE WORLD
July 25, 2012
CHICAGO - With four National Championships on their resumes, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore's (UMES) coaching duo of Kristina Frahm and Doug Dukes have been named to the Top 100 Coaches list by Bowlers Journal International. The list is the seventh published annually by the magazine, which started the accolade in 2006.
Considered "one of the most important initiatives in the magazine's history," Bowlers Journal International (BJI) has long championed the role of coaches in the sport. "No sport thrives without a core of qualified men and women who can teach the basics to beginners and the intricacies to advanced players," the publication stated in the article.
The list speaks to youth bowling to professional coaching and BJI then features two coaches each month in a clinic section called "Top Tips."
This year the list includes fellow NCAA women's bowling coaches Bill Straub of Nebraska, Brad Hagan of Sam Houston State, Jeff McCorvey of Alabama State and former Delaware State coach and now with Team USA, Kim Terrell-Kearney. Rod Ross and Brian O'Keefe also of Team USA are included. USBC standout coaches Del Warren and Randy Stoughton, who led Webber State to men's and women's titles in 2012, Hall of Famer Gordon Vadakin of Wichita State, Gary Sparks of Vincennes and Randy Lightfoot of Lindenwood, are all included. Also on the list are numerous professional bowlers, including Diandra Asbaty, Jason Belmonte, Carolyn Dorin-Ballard, Andres Gomez, Missy Parkin and Carmen Salvino to name a few.
"We are honored that our coaching staff has been recognized in this manner," said UMES Director of Athletics Keith Davidson. "We have been blessed with an outstanding bowling program, one of the most successful in the nation. I am excited that our UMES coaching staff has been bestowed this honor, something we have known in Princess Anne for some time."
Dukes, from Millsboro, Delaware is the only coach listed from the state, while Frahm, originally from Illinois, is just one of two coaches in the state of Maryland, the other being Gary Parsons of Suitland.
Dukes is the only assistant coach from an NCAA program on the list.
"This is quite an honor for me," said Frahm. "I am still young in this profession, but being able to lead a team to a National Championship gave me a wealth of experience and knowledge very quickly. I am fortunate to have such a great group of young ladies that take coaching well. I am also very lucky to have such wonderful mentors throughout my career. My coach throughout high school Marty Miller and my college coach Sharon Brummell, who taught me how to run an elite program, deserve all the credit."
"Personally, I am really happy that Doug Dukes also made the list," said Frahm. "Doug has forgotten more about bowling than most will ever know. He was a driving force in my career as a collegiate player and as a coach. It was his tutelage that helped us win so many conference and National Championships."
UMES opens their season this November at the New Jersey Jamboree, hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson University.