The purpose of the coaching staff is to provide structure and accountability for the program. Between them, the coaching staff has significant years of experience, credentials and success. The coaches are here to help everyone get better, to help facilitate our goals and to provide continuity for our program.
The Head Coach for both teams is Michael Fine. He is also the Director of Crenshaw Lanes. This is Coach Fine’s ninth year at Florida State after coaching the University of Kansas Bowling Teams for 19 years.
Coach Fine is a USBC Silver Level certified coach, past-President of the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association and the 2002 Men’s Intercollegiate Bowling Coach of the Year. While at the University of Kansas, Coach Fine’s men’s team advanced to the IBC in five of his last six years and captured the 2004 Intercollegiate Bowling Championship. The KU women’s team advanced to the IBC in his last three years including two top five finishes. Coach Fine was named to The Bowlers Journal “Top 100 Bowling Coaches in America” list in 2005 and 2007. Coach Fine currently serves on the USBC Collegiate Advisory Council representing the interests of all collegiate bowling programs and the USBC Collegiate Division.
Coach Fine received his Bachelors Degree in Recreation Management from Emporia State University and his Masters Degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. He is married to Jeannie and has two wonderful bowling loving Labs, Maui Bear and Phog.
David Beck was a four year FSU bowler from 2005 – 2009. David was an officer for 3 years including serving as team President his senior year. He was a two time recipient of the Marvin Overby Scholarship and a member of the Intercollegiate Team Championship team in 2007. David was recognized as Sport Club Member of the Year in 2008 and was Chairman of the Sports Club Council in 2009. He received his BS in Political Science and Business Administration from Florida State. David is currently sponsored by Track Bowling and he holds the record for the high three game score in Tallahassee, with a nice 856 series. David works at FSU in the Graduate School. He has a bowling loving hound, Buffett.
Theses individuals are alums of the FSU Bowling Program who have continued to be involved in the program. They have volunteered to be a resource for the team and will participate in a number of ways throughout the year.
Ricky Bailey was a four year member of the FSU Bowling team who graduated in 2006 with a BS in Business-Management Information Systems. Ricky served as an officer on the bowling team for three years. Ricky has taken leadership roles in bowling since his days as a youth bowler. He was inducted into the Jacksonville Youth Bowling Hall of Fame for outstanding service to youth bowlers. He is currently the Business manager for the FSU Division of Student Affairs.
Gina Bollotta was a four year bowler from 2006 to 2010. She was elected Treasurer of the Bowling Club in 2008. In 2009, she was the winner of the Marvin Overby Memorial Scholarship. Gina was a part of both the 2008 and 2010 teams that advanced to the Intercollegiate Team Championship. She received her BS in Information Technology and her MS in Integrated Marketing and Management Communication at FSU. Gina works at the Oglesby Union as the Marketing, Web and Social Media Manager. Gina has three wonderful bowling loving dogs, Mowgli, Oakley and Cooper.
Misty West was a four year member of the bowling team who graduated in April of 2012. Misty was the named the 2012 Sports Club member of the Year for all of FSU based on her exemplary service as Secretary to the Bowling Team. Misty bowled in three intercollegiate Team Championships during her four years. She completed her Masters in Engineering from FSU in Spring 2014.
Mental Skills Coaches
The bowling team is happy to have a relationship with the FSU Applied Sport Psychology Consulting Services. This allows FSU Sports Psychology Doctoral students to experience working with a sports team and it allows us to utilize cutting edge thinking in the field of sports psychology. Our Mental Skills Coaches conduct team and individual sessions.
Our Mental Skills Coaches for this year are:
Jason Ritchie is a masters/Ph.D. Sport Psychology student at FSU. He received his Bachelors in Psychology from University of North Florida. He played lacrosse and baseball throughout high school and continued playing lacrosse in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association. He is actively involved in the expansion and development of recreational sports. His academic interests include quantitatively measuring performance and decision making under pressure. As a member of the FSU Bowling Team, you are encouraged to schedule individual sessions with him or any of the mental skills coaches.
Contact info: 407-739-2097, firstname.lastname@example.org
William Kitchings is a Ph.D. student in the Sport Psychology program at FSU. He also received his first Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from FSU and his second Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of North Florida. Over the past 17 years, he has both played and taught golf and tennis, giving lessons to individuals of all ages. His academic interests include trash talk in sports and audience effects on anxiety. As a member of the FSU Bowling Team, you are encouraged to schedule individual sessions with him or any of the mental skills coaches.
Contact Info: 904-705-7512, email@example.com
Consider scheduling a session if you have experienced any of the following thoughts:
“I want to get better.”
“I usually do better in practice than tournaments.”
“I don’t have a mental routine” or “I have a mental routine, but I don’t know if it’s working”
“I feel nervous at tournaments and can’t seem to calm down.”
“I have a lot of negative thoughts during competition.” For example, “I keep remembering how poorly I performed at Sectionals last year and can’t get that out of my head.”
“I worry a lot about letting the team down.”
“I have a hard time concentrating when it’s my turn to bowl. The spectators and noise distract me.”
“I let comments I hear bother me and affect my performance.”
“I practice a lot but don’t seem to get any better.”
“When I have one bad throw, I seem to get worse and worse after that.”