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Country Club Bowl, San Rafael
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Classic Bowl, Daly City

Entry Deadline: 4/5/2017


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Entry Deadline: 7/16/2017


July 29-30, 2017
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Steve Cook's Fireside Lanes (Sat)
Harley's Valley Bowl (Sat)
Cal Bowl (Sun)
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Entry Deadline: 7/30/2017


August 12-13, 2017
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McHenry Bowl, Modesto
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Entry Deadline: 8/12/2017


August 18-20, 2017
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West Lane Bowl, Stockton

Entry Deadline: 8/1/2017


October 14-15, 2017
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Keystone Lanes, Norwalk

Entry Deadline: 10/15/2017


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Coach of the Year

LEE FITZGERALD
2017 CUSBC Coach of the Year

Lee Fitzgerald was introduced to the game of bowling when Canoga Park Bowl opened up just a block away from her house in 1958. 

Lee has always had the support of her husband John and her two sons, William and Michael. All of which are into the sport of bowling.

1984–2002, Lee volunteered her time at San Hi Lanes running the youth program, building it from 6 lanes and no parent involvement to 32 lanes and several parents assisting. Lee also achieved various coaching certificates including; CCI, Brunswick, WIBC and Level II at that time.  Lee received coach of the year twice when it was YABA and was a runner-up for the National Coach of the Year award.

2002–2016, Lee was Youth Director at Del Rosa Lanes, where she went after San Hi closed. Del Rosa closed in 2016 so she brought her youth to Brunswick Foothill Lanes in Fontana where they hadn’t had an active youth program in many years.

Not only am I coaching with help from other coaches, I try to make it fun and get parents involved by running monthly Adult/Jr Scrambler Tournaments where the youth earn scholarships. League bowlers earn scholarships as well.

I started doing my own online processing of memberships and awards. Youth need their recognition right away, they need to be enthusiastic and excited, need to instill passion, without the youth bowling as we know it will die…

1996-2005, was Citrus Belt YBA Secretary, assisted in various workshops, including training of Youth Directors, holding League Secretary Workshops and presenting WinLabs workshops at State Conventions.

Lee credits her passion and desire for youth bowlers to one of her first coaches at Canoga Park Bowl – a lady name Rusty. She kept the game fun and that’s what it’s about. Organized, rules, learn but have fun. 


BRENT KORFF
2017 CUSBC Coach of the Year

My first recollection about the sport of bowling was rolling a ball down the lanes in the late 1950s at McClellan Air Force Base with my family and where my mother worked as a nurse. We even tossed coins down to the “pin boys” at the conclusion of our bowling to tip them for setting up the pins each frame for us.  My parents always told me that I seemed fascinated by any ball in motion.

As a youth bowler, I bowled league at the local 10 lane center named Roseville Bowl and rolled my first 200 game in 1962 at age 12. The first book about bowling that I read as a youth was “How to make Spares” by Don Carter. This information excited me about bowling even more. Additionally, I enjoyed watching great bowlers on television back when our sport enjoyed the position of importance that it still deserves.

Now let us fast forward through high school and college where I focused mainly on baseball and a little studying. I bowled various leagues as an adult with some being more competitive than others. When my son was in high school, we began bowling in a Junior/Adult League. We still reflect back on these fun times together. This is an experience that I wish for all families to share!

When I retired from my career in 2005, I asked the Youth Director at Crestview Lanes if he needed any additional youth coaches.  Not only did he say yes, but he generously offered to pay for my attendance at USBC coaching courses. I transitioned from Level I to Bronze certified coach and then Silver certified coach. I have been coaching youth almost every weekend since 2005 and currently coach youth at Steve Cook’s Fireside Lanes. Additionally, I coached the University of California, Davis Varsity women in 2011 and the Varsity men in 2012. Also, I joined the Greater Sacramento Area USBC in 2007 and served as Youth Committee Chair for 4 years.

My typical week includes giving bowling lessons to youth and adults, helping with the youth program on Saturdays and bowling in leagues a couple times a week. Oh yeah, and I am currently serving a two year term as President of the Greater Sacramento Area USBC.


CARLOS ALESTRA
2015 CUSBC Coach of the Year

My mother was born in a German colony in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was trained as a Nurse. My father was from Sicily, Italy and emigrated from there just after WWII because of the famine in Italy after the war. He was a Map maker during the war, but was also an accomplished Mason.

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 24th 1954. My mother worked for Evita Peron. When Evita Peron died, my mother, soon knew that we needed to immigrate to the United States. Because she knew English and was a Nurse, in 1962, she came to Florida first and then my father and my two brothers and I came several months later.

We quickly adapted to the new American lifestyle and were speaking English and assimilated into the culture within months. After three years in the Florida sun, my father found out that there was work for a mason in Elizabeth, New Jersey so off we went.

The New Jersey experiment was only for five years due to the weather. We quickly found out that it was hard making a living when there was snow on the ground for eight months of the year. So off we were again to California.

We landed in Paso Robles. The five years there were awesome. Spent three of my four high school years there. And, because of work again, we moved to Sacramento in 1972 and have been there ever since.

I met my wife Debi right out of High School and we married in 1976. We had 2 kids, Tiana and Jason.   Soon after, I began coaching when Jason and Tiana got into T-Ball and got hooked working with the kids.

I was also a newbie bowler and soon after I got both of them at ages five and six involved in the junior program at Firesides Lanes in Citrus Heights, CA. Of course, I knew absolutely nothing about bowling so I began my training with the beginner coaching classes.  I spent a few years with the junior program at Mardi Gras Lanes in Sacramento and then went back to Fireside Lanes for a few more years. When our director was approached to move her program to a newer facility we all went to the state of the art facility in Rocklin called Strikes.

I have been coaching for 35 years and wouldn’t give up a single one. The kids always give back more that I give. They have taught me to be a better bowler and a better person. As a coach you are a role model whether you are in the bowling alley or at the mall buying shoes, you should act as a role model. You never know when the students you are and have been associated with will be watching and learning from you.

I want to thank Debbie Haggerty, the Cal USBC and especially the kids for this honor.


2012 COACH OF THE YEAR
Joe Jimenez

joe jimenezIn 1996, my daughter Samantha’s babysitter asks if Sam could join her daughter Jennifer at friendly hills to bowl in a league. Well my wife, Tommie, and I agreed it would be a good idea. So Sam joined her first bumper league. One day I want to see how everything was going at the bowling center. I did not know much about bowling them except that your arm is supposed to follow through to the top. Like when you raise your hand in class to answer a question. Sam wasn’t doing this so I asked her to brought her bowling ball up on the concourse and had an her to roll the ball to me and told her make sure her arm swings through all the way to the top. I guess that is where my coaching career started on the concourse at Friendly Hills.

Full of enthusiasm I was looking for any information I could find. Back then the best source was still the library any books any videotape anything. I would go into pro shops and ask questions about technique, bowl in pro-ams so I could talk with the pros. I would get some good information at the same time developing my own game.

By now my youngest daughter Natalie who was five and had started bowling. We had moved over to La Habra 300 were I met Molly Bradley, the junior director. She asked if I would not mind helping out with her junior program. She informed me I could go to a training class for coaching YABA level. I my instructor was a coach named Gary Keiler. His enthusiasm inspired me to the point where I needed to learn more. So I enrolled in level II class. Eventually becoming a bronze certified instructor than USBC Silver. Along the way meeting a lot of awesome bowlers and coaches. I’ve had the privilege of learning from coaches such as Suzy Minchew, Rod Ross, Dr. Dean Hinitz, Mark Baker ,Virginia Norton, Bill Taylor, and Dick Ritger to name a few.

I’ve watched young junior bowlers grow up from bumper bowler one day to driving to the center the next day, graduating high school and going on to college. Although my primary reason for coaching is junior bowlers, developing them for the next level for the next coach. I have also worked with many adults. There is nothing better than getting that phone call in the middle of the night and the voice on the other side says I just shot my highest game or my best series ever. I remember a gentleman named Bob. He was 89 years old. He was averaging 172 he said his goal was to average his age plus 100. Bob and I worked together for a while and one day I was walking through the center and Bob comes up to me with his league sheet and says my average is 191. The smile on his face was priceless. Another instance was a young lady named Heather. I met Heather midway through her league. I helped Heather straighten out her swing, and I drilled her new bowling ball before she went to sweepers. So Heather calls me from Las Vegas and says I just won our sweeper. I had the highest series of anybody. Heather was engaged to be married and with the money she won, she was able to buy her wedding dress. How awesome is that to help people achieve their goals by just telling them nope try it again.

Now in closing I like to thank a few people I know I will forget someone so I apologize.  First my friends and fellow coaches, Al Mojato Steve Lindsey even though we have different approaches we learned and grew together. Kenny Clay my second set of eyes – your growth and development of a coach far surpassed my expectations. The kids, who force me to get better at what I was doing in order for them to get better at what they were doing. My daughter Samantha who is a past CA Star of Tomorrow recipient and CA State Pepsi Champion and the seventh woman to shoot 300 at the USBC Open. And her sister Natalie who is also a past CA State Pepsi Champion as well as the Junior Gold National Champion and a member of Jr Team USA as well as a three-time All-American at the University of Central Missouri.

And finally, my wife Tommie who I love very much. Thanks for being there the last 32 years and allowing me to hang out at bowling centers for the last 17 years. You all have inspiration to become a better person, father, husband and coach.  Thank you very much – I hope I can continue to grow.

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