On May 27, 2009, the Marian College Department of Athletics proudly announced the expansion of Knights athletic program.
The Marian College Board of Trustees approved the establishment of a men’s and women’s intercollegiate bowling program to begin competition in the fall of 2010 as the Marian University Knights. The program will offer athletic scholarships to recruited members of the bowling team, which will distinguish Marian University’s program from “club” programs offered at many other Indiana institutions of higher learning.
Marian College (to become Marian University on July 1), a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, will participate in at least 10 United States Bowling Congress-sanctioned tournaments throughout the Midwest and beyond. The Knights program will be the 17th at the NAIA level to sponsor bowling as a USBC-sanctioned varsity sport. The goal for the team is to have at least 21 intercollegiate bowlers participating as members of the program by August of 2010.
The Knights will practice at Jubilee Bowl, an outstanding bowling facility in Indianapolis. Located at 7420 North Michigan Road, just 10 minutes from campus, Jubilee Bowl provides bowlers with 36 Brunswick Pro synthetic lanes with automatic scoring for a top-notch bowling experience.
“We are excited about starting an intercollegiate bowling program,” said Joe Haklin, director of athletics at Marian College. “We are confident that the start-up years for bowling will mirror the successful establishment of our young football program. Adding bowling to our athletic mix is another indication that we are on the move and making history.”
Haklin appointed Chad Hardin as head men’s and women’s bowling coach. Hardin will be entering his fourth year at Marian College, and he has been instrumental in building the Marian College women’s soccer program into the 2008 Mid-Central College Conference regular season champions. He also serves as a full-time supervisor of the Adams Fitness Center and Physical Education Center.
“Chad Hardin will provide energetic leadership as our new head bowling coach,” said Haklin. “As a full-time employee, he will be able to offer the proper guidance and counseling that each of our coaches affords their student-athletes. With Coach Hardin’s dedication to excellence combined with an excellent practice facility in Jubilee Bowl, we expect to attract highly competitive bowlers from the high schools in Indiana and beyond.”
Hardin will be attending several large bowling tournaments this summer in search of competitive high school bowlers including the 2009 USBC Youth Open Championships at Expo Bowl in Indianapolis on July 10-11 and July 16-25. He also plans on recruiting at the 2009 USBC Junior Gold Championships at Woodland Bowl in Indianapolis on July 11-17 and North Pointe Insurance Group High School Singles Championships on July 18-20.
“I am very excited to take on this wonderful opportunity,” said Hardin. “There are some very good high school bowlers in Indiana and surrounding states, and I feel that we should have a competitive program right away. I look forward to building the program into a championship contender.”
This is the second expansion of the Marian College Department of Athletics
since 2006, when the football program was announced. Marian College athletics sponsors 21 competitive varsity sports as a member of the NAIA, the Mid-Central College Conference, the Mid-States Football Association, and USA Cycling.