Jennifer King
Jennifer  King

Position:
Assistant Coach

The University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has announced the appointment of Jennifer King to the position of assistant bowling coach. She will join her former college teammate — head coach Kayla Bandy — in the Hawks’ attempt to achieve their title winning aspirations during the 2017-18 season.

“Jennifer is a perfect fit for our program,” Bandy said. “She and I work together extremely well on the lanes and have the same vision for the program here at Maryland Eastern Shore. This past summer Jennifer, her husband, myself, along with a few of our mutual friends, were discussing the sport of bowling – college bowling, professional bowling, and so on. Little did we know that a couple of months later she would ultimately agree to join our program.”

"I'm excited to become a member of the Hawk family and use my past experiences to assist in progressing the games of our Lady Hawks both on and off the lanes,” King said.

King’s bowling expertise is rooted in her time at the University of Pikeville in Kentucky, where she and Bandy were teammates under the direction of Coach Ron Damron. The Bears won the 2008 USBC Intercollegiate Team Championship, and individually King won the USBC Singles title that same year. King also earned the Most Valuable Player award from the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association (NCBCA) in 2010 – along with a spot on the First Team – and a Second-Team acknowledgement in 2008. She possessed an average score of 202.072 during her career, which ranks third best in Bears history. Her differential — the difference between a bowler’s score versus a tournament average — is tops.

These accomplishments earned her an induction to the Pikeville Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016 as an individual, after she was inducted in 2014 as a member of the 2008 championship team.

However, her bowling career did not start nor end at Pikeville. In fact, the list is quite extensive, beginning with her participation on Team USA in 2003 and Junior Team USA in 2006 and 2007. She also bowled for another prominent collegiate institution — Wichita State — helping the Shockers to a title in 2006. That same year, she won the Junior Gold National Amateur Championship.

King has continued to bowl post-graduation, and both she and Bandy have continued to collaborate as teammates.

“Most recently, Jennifer (the 2017 USBC Women's Open Championship All-Events Champion) and I, along with two fellow bowlers won the Team Event of the 2017 USBC Women's Open Championship in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a memory that will not soon be forgotten.” Bandy said.

Prior to her time on The Shore, King worked for the Aflac Insurance Group in her home state of South Carolina. This new position represents a career change to coach a sport she has thrived in, but the tools she acquired as an account manager and operations analyst for Aflac will be vital in her success as a coach for the Hawks, assisting to create more community involvement in our Roll with the Hawks program, and most importantly, will assist in providing the best student athlete experience for the Hawk bowlers. 

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