The Mission is Simple
My name is Susie Minshew. I am a Bowlist (that's what my license plates say!)
I am nuts about this sport.
On this site, you'll find free bowling tips,
some great bowling accessories in the store,
and information on bowling lessons and bowling coaching.
I hope you enjoy the site and visit often.
The more you know about this intriguing sport,
the more you want to know.
I want the site to be fun, make you smile,
and give you a lot of awe-ha moments.
After all, what if the hokey-pokey is really what it's all about?:)
I started bowling when I was 38 (because someone asked me)
and when I saw I wasn't going to get any better without some help, found a coach.
His name was Bill Harris and he single-handedly
populated the Halls of Fame of Texas with his students.
I was having a great time learning and started helping him with his classes.
I had been a public school teacher and although
I was making a fortune at $7400 a year,
had left the profession for management
in the corporate world.
And now here I was, teaching again,
only this time it was a passion instead of a job.
I had been working in Logistics Management in hospitals during the day
and taking lessons and bowling in the evenings and on weekends.
The day job was a way to afford what I really loved, bowling.
Understanding that I was hooked and
wanting to teach others about this wonderful sport,
I attended the first open Bronze Coaching class
offered by USA Bowling in Hartford, Connecticut in March 1992,
the first Silver Coaching Class in April 1994,
and received Gold Coach status in 2000.
My clientele began to build and on March 18, 1995,
I took the plunge quitting the day job.
I was worried that everyone worked during the day and
I couldn't make a living teaching bowling but understood
it was my 'sweet spot' and had to try.
To my surprise, there are all kinds of people who are available during the day:
pilots, nurses, shift workers, self-employed people, etc.
Some go to work late, come for lessons at lunch, or take off early.
I have been teaching bowling for a living since that time.
I have been a coach with Team USA, as well as the coach
for the Republic of Panama for the 1995 World Championships.
I've given thousands of private lessons and clinics
all over the country and was on the staff of
Super School since its birth in 1997.
I'm a Master Silver Instructor for USBC and
have taught over 100 Bronze and Silver Coaching Classes.
I was the first two-time USOC Bowling Coach of the Year.
I've won the Joyce Deitch Trailblazer Award
and won 'Best Coach in the Nation' in a poll on bowl.com.
I've served two terms on the IBPSIA Board of Directors,
one as the first coach and first woman to be elected President.
I've been a presenter at the International Coaching Summit
ten times and I was fortunate to be on the
Selection Committee for Team USA four times.
I created Bowling Success Camp in 2003.
It featured an extraordinary staff of premier coaches,
mental game experts, and professional players
to help all level of bowlers improve their skills.
I helped design the BPAA's Coach It Up program
and have chaired the BPAA Coaching Committee.
I am one of only five Bowl U Skill Development coaches in the world.
An incredibly innovative and different way to teach the sport,
this unique system will get you all fired up again about your game.
Skill Development is mostly outdoors. How cool is that?
Hit the headpin. Make your spares. Amen.
How many boards on a lane are legal?
They really are next to one another. What do you think happened?