Mount St. Mary’s University has found their Women’s Bowling head coach in Kenneth DeGraaf. Director of Athletics Lynne Robinson announced on Feb. 5 that DeGraaf would coach the team in their inaugural season.
“We are thrilled to welcome Kenneth DeGraaf to Mount St. Mary’s University as our new head women’s bowling coach,” said Robinson in a statement from the Mount’s athletic website. “Kenneth’s successful playing and coaching experience perfectly position him to guide our new program. Under Kenneth’s leadership, the future of our women’s bowling program is very bright, and we look forward to our inaugural season in 2018-19.”
DeGraaf previously served as a graduate assistant at Saint Francis University (Pa.) where he helped the 75-47 Red Flash to rank 32 nationally according to collegebowling.com in the 2016-2017 season. As a GA, DeGraaf was tasked with recruiting, travel planning and budgeting.
“I am extremely excited for the opportunity to serve as the head women’s bowling coach at Mount St. Mary’s University as we prepare for the inaugural season of the program,” said DeGraaf. “The Northeast Conference is one of the best conferences the Division I level has to offer, so we will be battle tested from the very beginning.”
A 2016 sport management major and journalism minor graduate, from Sienna Heights University in Michigan, DeGraaf was named 2015 Male Bowler of the Year by SHU. He earned Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and National Ten-Pin Coaches Association Academic All-American honors each year from 2013-16. In addition, DeGraaf was a two-time captain, capturing two individual titles as a student-athlete.
“I look forward to recruiting a class of bright and talented ladies to the Mount that are not afraid to be competitive from the first ball of the season to the last,” said DeGraaf. “Bowling is a unique, competitive sport in that small schools have the ability to compete with the larger schools for championships. With that being said, I have high expectations of what we can accomplish,” he added.
In fall 2017, Robinson announced that the Mount would add women’s bowling as a division one sports, along with men’s and women’s golf. Combined with men’s soccer starting a new slate in fall 2018, the Mount will have a total of 21 varsity sports come the 2018-2019 school year.