PIKEVILLE – Bobby Brown, a two-time NCBCA National Coach of the Year, is set to become the second head coach in the history of the University of Pikeville women’s bowling program, athletic director Robert Staggs announced on Thursday.
Brown spent the past 17 seasons as the head coach of the men’s bowling team at Morehead State University, while also serving as an assistant on the women’s side in that same span.
Brown replaces Ron Damron, who retired after 15 seasons as head coach of the Bears. Damron started the program at then-Pikeville College in 2001 and went on to capture four national championships and multiple coach of the year honors.
“I’m very excited about getting this position at the University of Pikeville,” said Brown. “I’ve known Ron Damron for many years and he created a national powerhouse here, and I’m excited to be part of that. I want to continue the winning ways at UPIKE and ultimately add more national championships.”
A member of the USBC Board of Directors, Brown has kept the Morehead State men in the national rankings for the last 15 years. Under his guidance, the Eagles have made 11 trips to the Intercollegiate Team Championships, including five of the last six seasons.
Brown’s coach of the year honors were earned during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, a product of keeping Morehead State’s men in the national spotlight with 10 NCBCA All-Americans produced during his 17 years.
Morehead State finished as the national runner-up in the ITCs in 2003, followed by a third-place finish in 2005. On the women’s side, Brown helped the Eagles capture national titles in 2000 and 2002.
Last season, Brown guided Morehead State to a No. 9 national ranking in the final CollegeBowling.com Team Ranking System release of the year.