New Assistant Coach, Tyler Schmitz.

Sept. 28, 2012

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) is proud to announce that Tyler Schmitz, a native of Green Bay, Wisc., has been named the new Assistant Women's Bowling Coach for the Lady Hawks.

Schmitz brings a plethora of experience with him to the Hawks' coaching staff. A former collegiate standout at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, he participated in five consecutive USBC Junior Gold Championships from 2005-09 and has bowled ten career 300 games. At UW-Whitewater, he was named the team's Most Valuable Player twice and led the team to the Intercollegiate Team Championships in 2007. He was named an All-Academic recipient in 2007 and now bowls professionally.

Schmitz, who was already working with the program last season as an academic advisor, has a vast knowledge of lane play and lane conditions. Having already been involved in the program, the team is already comfortable with him and takes to his teachings well.

He joins Assistant Coach Vince Brummell on the bench to Interim Head Coach Kristina Frahm. Frahm and Brummell along with former Assistant Coach Doug Dukes, guided UMES to its fourth National Championship last season in Wickliffe, Ohio. It was the Hawks' second straight NCAA title and third overall, accompanying the USBC Collegiate National Championship they won in 2011.

Schmitz steps in the large shoes of Dukes, who was critical to the success of the program, being a part of all four National Championships and four Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Championships.

Now expecting his first child with wife Amy, Dukes not only had to reconfigure his personal life, but also make the tough decision to leave UMES bowling and his other position as a manger at Millsboro Lanes. He accepted a position with Kegel Bowling as Technical Sales Specialist that not only takes advantage of his vast bowling knowledge, but allows him to reprioritize his personal life.



Along with Frahm, Dukes was recognized as two of the top 100 coaches in the world in their sport this off season by Bowler's Journal International. His knowledge has been vital to the Hawks and his track record proves that, but the Hawks didn't have to look far to find someone to help them. Schmitz is very similar to where Dukes was when he started, young, eager to help, and very knowledgeable of the sport.

"I am thrilled that Tyler is coming on board to help us," said Frahm. "We are going to miss Doug tremendously, he will always be a big part of our Hawk family, but things change in our lives and he had to make a decision that is best for him. I know that he helped shape me as a player and a coach and I cannot thank him enough for that. Luckily, Tyler was here, knows the very high expectations of our program, how we operate and has the skill set to step in and be a factor as a coach right away."

Schmitz gets his first taste of competition as a coach in November when the Hawks open their season at the FDU New Jersey Jamboree.

Sports Information Assistant David Whigham contributed to this story.

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