June 23, 2014
Categories: General News
Tabor College is pleased to welcome Daniel Dick as the newest member of the athletic department coaching staff. Dick has been hired as the new Bluejays bowling coach effective August 1.
“I am excited to get the bowling year underway and begin training with our new recruits and returning players,” Dick said. “I am blessed that I have been given this opportunity and am humbled to become part of the Tabor family.”
Rusty Allen, vice president of intercollegiate athletics said, “Coach Dick brings a wealth of bowling experience as a coach and as a player. We believe our bowling program has tremendous potential for growth and we believe he is the right person to give the needed leadership.
“Coach Dick’s Christian commitment and his enthusiasm for the integration of faith and athletics are impressive and important to the overall mission of the Tabor athletic department. On behalf of the entire department, I look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Tabor community.”
The Kansas native grew up around the sport of bowling. Dick’s family has owned Sunflower Bowl in Topeka since 1980.
“We held numerous city and self-promoted tournaments yearly, while filling the house with nightly leagues,” he said. “I acted in all capacities of running the business to include inventory, procurement, cook, maintenance technician, pro shop operator and customer service representative.”
Dick was a bowler at Wichita State University from 1987-1992. He then worked as an associate coach for two years at WSU prior to joining the U.S. Army in 1994. Upon his retired honorable discharge from the U.S. Army in 1996, he joined the Shocker Bowling Program again as the full-time assistant coach in charge of player development.
“I coordinated training activities for the student/athletes,” he said. “I developed the first collegiate bowling comprehensive physical training program at WSU, which increased player’s strength, health, gaming endurance, all while tracking their performance. I was active in student/athlete recruitment, university orientations, program promotion, fundraising, inventory and procurement.”
As part of the head coaching staff, Dick led the WSU men’s team to victory at the 1998 National Collegiate Bowling Championships.
Dick has held a variety of jobs while working for the United States Postal Service since 1999.
However, an injury to his right foot and the recovery process within the past year was a catalyst for some soul searching regarding his professional career.
“It was divine timing that Tabor College was in need of a new head bowling coach,” Dick said. “Upon seeing the online posting I immediately spoke to my wife about the opportunity. The fact the bowling coach position was at Tabor College, a Christian liberal arts college, was like God setting off all the bells, whistles and fireworks to guide me in this direction.
“From this moment, I truly felt God had great things in store for my family. My family has known for some time now that God was prepping us for a life changing event. We didn’t know what it was, when it was going to happen, or where it would lead, we just knew it was coming.”
Dick is moving his wife of 21 years, DeAnna, his 18 year old daughter Gail and his Godchildren, 8-year-old Joshua and 7-year-old Jocelyn to Hillsboro.
“We are blessed to be coming to such a wonderful God loving community,” he said.
Dick is also looking forward to getting the community excited about bowling.
“I want Bluejay Lanes to become a hot spot on Main Street for the youth of Hillsboro,” he added. “My family will be operating the beautifully remodeled bowling center.
“I invite everyone to come be part of the excitement. We have plans for starting many new adult leagues, kid’s leagues, hosting bowling clinics, expanding the menu and opening a pro shop. I am thankful for the vision and dedication of Rusty Allen and Clint Seibel of the Hillsboro Development Group for their love of Hillsboro. God bless and go bowling!”