Head Coaching Staff

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. These coaches work as a team as they are involved in all decision making facets of the program.




  Gordon Vadakin

  • WSU head coach since 1977

  • USBC Gold-level certified coach

  • Coached 18 of WSU's 20 national championship titles

  • Member of Team USA coaching staff, 1990-1993, 2000-2009.

  • Two-time member on Team USA

  • Coached the U.S. youth team at the World Youth Championships, 1988 & 1991

  • Feature coach in ESPN's Teaching Kids Bowling video tape.

  • USBC Hall of Fame (2007)





  Mark Lewis

  • WSU assistant coach since 1999

  • Coach of 2005, 2007 and 2009  women's championship teams

  • WSU head coaching staff, 1987-1993

  • Head coach for the United Arab Emirates National Team 1995 - 1997

  • Two-time member on Team USA

  • USBC Silver-level certified coach

  • Only USA male competitor in any Olympic Games-1988 Seoul, South Korea

  • USBC Hall of Fame (2004)

  • 3 time NCBCA Coach of the Year (2007, 2013, 2014)



Associate Coaches

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!