How to Become a Bowling Coach


Bowling coaches help youth and adult bowlers develop and improve their skills. Most paid coaches work at the high school, college or professional level. To work as a bowling coach, you should have experience bowling, remain current on changes to the game and be an effective teacher. Earning certification can also help improve your chances to find work as a bowling coach.

Working as a Bowling Coach

  • Bowling coaches for high school and college teams are hired to instruct players on the fundamentals of the game, such as improving a player’s stance, approach and release. They also teach players how to keep score and how to develop winning strategies. In addition, high school and college coaches might be responsible for overseeing equipment, supplies and uniforms; scheduling matches; recruiting new players; developing budgets; and ensuring players maintain the academic requirements needed to remain eligible for the team.

Meeting Basic Requirements

  • To work as a coach at a high school or college, you must have at least a bachelor’s degree. You may be able to land a job with just an associate degree, but only if you have previous coaching experience. Some employers require their coaches to have a master’s degree, particularly at the collegiate level. Even with an advanced degree, most colleges want their coaches to have two to three years of coaching experience and deep knowledge of the sport. Also, college coaches might need to take and pass the National Collegiate Athletic Association coaching test each year, while high school coaches may need to be licensed to teach in the states where they coach. Coaches should maintain -- and may even be required to maintain -- current CPR, AED and first aid certification. Some schools may require you to have a driver’s license and clean driving record, particularly if you are responsible for transporting players to matches.

Improving Your Job Prospects

  • Earning certification can help improve your job prospects. The United States Bowling Congress (USBC) offers four levels of certification for current and aspiring bowling coaches. Coaches can become certified to teach youth and adult bowlers as well as bowling teams. The United States Bowling Academy in Minnesota also offers training for new coaches. In an interview on the Bowling This Month website, Mark Baker, a coach and former professional bowler, said earning certification can help you become a better coach, but “the only way to become an effective coach is to coach – a lot.”

Working with Professional Bowlers

  • Having USBC certification and taking continuing education classes through the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association can help you land a job coaching professional bowlers, according to an online column by Bill Spigner, a coach and former pro bowler. Even though professional bowlers are highly skilled, many still hire coaches to improve their games, build confidence, and help them navigate new training regimens and technologies. One way to find a job coaching pro bowlers is to build your credentials and skills, attend industry events and tournaments and network with others in the profession.

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