Adding Bowling

December 5, 2016

Ottawa University will start recruiting for its newest sport this spring. The school is adding men’s and women’s bowling to its team sports with the plan of competing in the fall.

“Collegiate bowling has been on our radar for a number of years,” Arabie Conner, Ottawa University’s director of athletics said in a release reported by the Ottawa Herald. “As we’ve researched the sport and watched the growth of NAIA collegiate bowling programs, we believe it’s an opportune time to add the programs to our sport offerings. This is a time of tremendous growth at Ottawa University and we continue to strive to provide additional collegiate participation opportunities for quality student athletes while contributing to the overall diversity of our student body. The number of high school programs in the region to recruit from is substantial and we’re excited to announce the launch of these programs at OU.”

The university has secured a spot with a local bowling facility with 40 lanes. As far as other logistics, one coach will be appointed to oversee both the men’s and women’s programs.

“Through our research, we know that there are some tournaments that are held within a three to four hour radius of us—Kansas City, Wichita and St. Louis is a huge area from a competitive bowling standpoint,” Bruce Tate, assistant director of athletics at Ottawa University, told the Ottawa Herald. “From a scheduling standpoint, we don’t see there being issues in finding some tournaments.”

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