Siena Heights University has hired Charles Cain to coach its new men's and women's bowling programs. Cain, who coached the University's of Michigan men's club team before joining the Saints, will begin recruiting immediately for SHU, which will compete in fall 2010.
“We have attracted a coach who we believe can help Siena Heights become a collegiate leader in bowling in the state of Michigan, the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics," said SHU Athletic Director Fred Smith of Cain.
Cain has coached bowling for seven years and is a United States Bowling Congress silver level certified instructor. At the University of Michigan, he guided the men’s club team to its first intercollegiate team sectionals appearance in school history.
Cain is a member of the USBC Coaches Association and a USBC Metro Detroit Association board member. He coached Woodland Lanes' youth program in Livonia (Mich.) to a state USBC team championship in 2007. He was also selected as the Metro Detroit Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season.
SHU announced in February it was adding bowling as an intercollegiate sport. While the NAIA does not currently sponsor bowling, almost 30 colleges and universities are expected to offer bowling for the 2010-11 season. WHAC members Davenport, Indiana Tech and Northwestern Ohio are currently developing bowling programs, Smith said.
Cain will begin his new duties with the Saints immediately, and said he will begin tapping into Michigan's nearly 300 high school bowling programs.
"The midwest, Michigan in particular, is a hotbed for high school bowling," Cain said. "I am looking forward to building these teams with student-athletes who will continue the strong academic and sports traditions that are the hallmarks of this great institution."
To learn more about the Siena Heights University bowling programs, please visit www.shusaints.com.