Chesterfield, Michigan – A move from the Midwest, new seminars, and new coaches highlight the changes for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo XIII, presented by Turbo Bowling Accessories.
The popular program of bowling education, coaching, and recruiting for high school bowlers and coaches will visit North Texas for the first time in 2018. Cityview Lanes in Fort Worth, TX will host the action from July 8-11th.
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is traditionally held prior to the Junior Gold Championships, USA Bowling National Championships and Youth Open. Collegiate Expo has consistently drawn students from over 35 states and more than 40 Collegiate programs.
“After eight years, we’re constantly working to keep the content of our presentation fresh and current,” said Lori Mraz, president of Turbo Bowling Accessories. “The updates aren’t just for our students, but for parents and coaches as well.”
Online registration has already begun, with final registration ending on April 30, 2018, instead of May 30th. As in previous years, a full field of 210 is expected to attend.
On-lane instruction and in-class seminars will be presented by Turbo Bowling’s Pro Staff. Presenters include PBA and PWBA Hall of Famers, major title winners, and certified USBC Bronze, Silver, and Gold level coaches.
One of the new presenters that will definitely create a buzz is Brad Hagan, Head Coach of the Sam Houston State University Women’s Team. Hagen built the program from scratch, and immediately made it a national power. In six seasons, Hagen’s teams qualified for five NCAA championships and won an NCAA national title.
“The Collegiate Expo is an event that has become a staple of any collegiate coach’s summer planning,” said Hagen. “The amount of quality information that is provided to all athletes and coaches as well as their families is first class. To have the opportunity to give back to our bowling community and be a presenter is something special.”
Hagen says his session will be a presentation of objective reality at the next level.
“As we move on in our careers, anything of value or meaning will not be easy,” he said. “Understanding new vital roles as a parent, through a process as an athlete is vital for to success at the next level. I hope to shed some realistic light to the unknowns, and the expectations that are required to compete at the highest level.”
In addition, representatives from USBC will present seminars on the Junior Gold Program, as well as Junior Team USA, and the USBC Collegiate Bowling program. Gary Brown, Managing Director of the International Bowling Campus Youth Department, says the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is an added benefit to the Junior Gold Experience.
“Incorporating IBC Youth in the Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is a great way for us to share more information about High School, Collegiate, and Junior Gold programs,” said Brown. “Events like this allow youth bowlers to learn more about the great opportunities our sport can provide. We are excited to support this event as we continue to build a future for the sport.”
The culmination of the Collegiate Expo is the Audition Tournament, which allows the student-athletes to perform in a six-game tournament, competing for both scholarship funds and the attention of college coaches looking for players. An Open House follows, giving players a chance to meet with coaches and gather information on colleges offering bowling scholarships.
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo isn’t just for the student athletes. The Expo also provides valuable insight and education to coaches and parents of the bowlers. Seminars and programming is set up for coaches who seek to expand their knowledge, so they can enhance a current program or provide the basis for establishing a new program.
“The Collegiate Expo holds a unique position in the bowling industry that focuses on the development of youth bowling,” said Mraz. “Through the sharing of this information, Collegiate Expo will help bowlers, coaches and parents, and continue to have a major impact on our industry.”
Developed in 2011, The Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo is the FIRST high school bowling program developed as a comprehensive educational, recruiting platform for high school students, families and collegiate bowling programs offering bowling scholarships. Students should be enrolled in High School grades 10-12 for 2017-2018 school year, or be a 2017 graduate. A minimum entering average for boys of 190 and girls of 175 is suggested for greatest recruiting consideration.
Sponsors for Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo include: Ballard’s Bowling Academy, Bowl4Life, Bowlers Journal, Bowlingball.com, Brunswick, BVL, Classic Products, Columbia 300, DV8, Dexter, Ebonite, 900 Global, Hammer, Kids Bowl Free, Kegel, KR Strikeforce, Logo Infusion, Motiv, On the Ball Bowling, Professional Bowlers Association, Roto Grip, Storm, Track, Turbo, Metro Detroit USBC and XBowling.