by Frank Weiler
REDLANDS – Shane Strickland was a great youth bowler and now is a great youth coach. Over the past two decades he has performed superbly on the lanes and led admirably off the lanes.
From day one, Shane was a “natural” as a bowler. He rolled sanctioned perfect 300 games when he was seventeen and eighteen years of age. His second perfecto led to his first eight hundred series. To date Shane’s high is an 835.
As a junior Shane won the Golden State Junior Amateur Championship in 2001, the California State Youth Singles Championship in 2003 and the Earl Anthony Memorial Youth Doubles Title in 2003. He was a regular on the Northern California Junior Bowlers Tour and the Golden State Junior Amateur Tour.
Shane bowled collegiately at Fresno State, graduating in 2009. Since graduating he has continued to compete and bowl at a high level. Periodically he competes on the PBA Regional Tour and continues to average 220 or higher in certified leagues.
From Fresno State, Shane headed to Yucaipa, California. He now teaches French at Yucaipa High School and is the school’s Chairman of the Languages Department. He loves working with youth and is involved in coaching young bowlers. Shane believes in “GIVING BACK” and is giving back to the sport of bowling.
Shane is giving back by getting involved as a youth bowling coach. He coaches youngsters in the Empire Bowl Youth Program and in 2014 started the Yucaipa High School Bowling Team. He also coaches bowlers competing in the JBT.
Bowling needs more Shane Strickland’s. Thank you Shane for your service to our great sport and to the youth of CALIFORNIA. You and the other dedicated coaches are the reason why CALIFORNIA develops the best bowlers in the world.