February 28, 2018
Alumbaugh eager to lead new bowling program at Cowley College
With Cowley College’s new bowling program slated to begin competition in the fall, Ian Alumbaugh was recently selected as the first head coach in the history of the program.
The bowling program will be housed at Cowley College’s Mulvane Center with its practice and home match facility to be the Derby Bowl.
Alumbaugh previously served as a video coordinator and an assistant women’s basketball coach at Iowa Western University. However, his passion has always been in bowling.
“The one thing that has always been consistent in my life has been bowling,” Alumbaugh said. “Bowling is my true passion, so when this opportunity presented itself I had to jump on it.”
Alumbaugh has had the opportunity to serve as a certified bowling coach through the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) and has competed in Midwest Professional Bowlers Association Tournaments (PBA). He has bowled 13 USBC sanctioned 300 games and five sanctioned 800 series.
He also started Project X Bowling to help bowlers at all levels.
“I started Project X Bowling to inform people what bowling has to offer outside of simply going to the lanes,” Alumbaugh said. “I find heling people in the sport to be more rewarding than any honor I had in my entire bowling career.”
Cowley College athletic director Shane Larson is excited to see what Alumbaugh can do with the new program.
“I was most impressed in the interview process with Ian’s organization and his plan for building a brand new program into a nationally competitive program over a short period of time,” Larson said. “He has the experience along with the internal drive to build to accomplish those goals.”
Alumbaugh, who is originally from Maryville, MO, believes Kansas is an ideal state to recruit bowlers from.
“We have the opportunity to get quality character, highly talented kids to come bowl at Cowley,” Alumbaugh said. “I look forward to helping develop these players and increase their opportunity to go on to a four-year school and possibly the next level after that.”