Meet Our Coaches:
Gary Philip (Coach Gary):
My involvement with the Youth program began just after becoming a Certified Coach in 2014. In August 2018 I received my Bronze Level Coaching Certification. I have bowled competitively for 30+ years and have been involved with youth coaching in a variety of sports throughout those years. Creating a positive learning environment is critical to the development of young people, and I pride myself in being a positive influence on youths’ in the sport of bowling. In 2017 I accepted the position of Youth Director and have focused my immediate efforts on growing membership while raising the skill levels of our bowlers, all within the confines of a fun environment. I use “hands-on” coaching, which is sometimes required in an effort to adjust the position of the athlete (body angle to the target, hand position) as appropriate. I strive to instill the mindset that this is a “bowling development program”. I will challenge each athlete to become a better bowler. Dedication from bowlers, parents and coaches alike is required to make our program a success. I believe we are on the right track! In addition, we have recently added a third Certified Coach to our program. Together we challenge our bowlers to learn new skills, show respect for the sport and fellow bowlers, and HAVE FUN!
David Schiada (Coach Dave):
I am an avid bowler and became a Certified Coach in 2017, and a Bronze Level Certified Coach in August 2018. I started volunteering to coach the Chaparral Youth League in 2017 and work with the Rising Stars. My primary focus is on bowling fundamentals, and I spend time explaining the rules of the game to help our junior bowlers become ready for tournament competition. Above all, I encourage our bowlers to do their best and have fun! I too, was also a junior bowler “back in the day” and understand the perspectives and challenges of young bowlers. I bowl in several leagues and annually compete in the USBC Open Championships. Bowling is a family activity for me, as my teenage son also bowls in regional and national tournaments.
Eileen Ortiz-Bigornia (Coach Eileen):
My bowling career started back in the 80’s as a junior bowler at Hollywood Star Lanes. I had the pleasure of knowing and being mentored by the founder of the Junior Amateur Tour, Coach Mickey Colletti, and Coach Al Sabo. They taught me the fundamentals of bowling and how to succeed in my bowling career, but also to enjoy the game.
I became one of the elite women bowlers of the San Gabriel Valley back in the 90’s, placed 2nd in the singles division at the Women’s Nationals in Buffalo, NY, multiple San Gabriel Valley’s Queen’s Championships, (5) 300’s, San Gabriel Valleys Bowler of the Year in 1994, accomplished a book average of 215 and competed in many amateur and professional tournaments. As you can see, I took my bowling very seriously and had many accomplishments in my career, while still enjoying the game.
I became a youth coach volunteer in 2015, with the help of my children joining a youth league. Since then I’ve enjoyed teaching and giving back to youth bowlers. I provide hands-on coaching and encouragement to each youth bowler I work with. I am in the process of obtaining certification as a certified coach, along with Coach Dave and Coach Gary. I am very excited to join this team and to continue to provide our combined knowledge of the game to these rising stars.
Why do we have Certified Coaches?
The importance of having a USBC Certified Coach in our Youth program is that there is consistency in HOW we coach and communicate with young bowlers. It brings added confidence to bowlers and parents knowing our coaches have been trained to coach. It makes a difference!
You do not need to be certified to join our coaching team, but you must have a passion to teach and develop our youth. You must also have Registered Volunteer Program (RVP) approval.
If you have interest in coaching in our program, send email to Gary Philip at Gary@SanDimasYouthBowling.com