The Shocker Bowling Program is one of the few collegiate programs in the country to have three, full-time, paid positions devoted strictly to Shocker Bowling. Head Coach Gordon Vadakin, Assistant Coach Mark Lewis and Marketing, Development and Operations Coordinator Holly Harris make up the team devoted to Shocker Bowling. The program doesn't stop there, as 30 associate coaches, former players in the program, volunteer their time to work with the players who try out each year.
An important factor in the rise of the WSU bowling program to the highest competitive level has been the quality of its coaching staff. In the early 1970s, Paul Waliczek produced the guiding hand which enabled both the men’s and women’s teams to achieve tournament and conference success never before attained with such regularity. At the end of Waliczek's tenure in 1976, assistant coaches Gordon Vadakin and Vicki Schmit assumed the reins of the program. Schmit skillfully led the Shocker women to their second national championship in 1977 in San Antonio, Texas; after which, she left to pursue other non-coaching opportunities. Vadakin has remained with the Shocker Bowling Program since 1977 and currently works alongside Assistant Coach Mark Lewis who joined the coaching staff in 1999.
Shocker Bowling expanded their full time staff to three in the summer of 2014, hiring former Shocker Bowler Holly Harris as the Marketing, Development and Operations Coordinator.
In addition, we have a number of alumni players who help Shocker Bowling's developmental players as associate coaches. Click here to learn about them!