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  • First Women's team match in 1968 and 1st Men's match in 1975
  • Penn State bowling tradition reaches back to the 1940s, when women’s teams competed against collegiate opponents

         by telegraph.

  •  The lady Lion bowling earned varsity status in 1968- 69 under Coach Mimi Ryan

          o  In their first varsity season the Lions had a 6-2 record

  •  A men’s team joined on the lanes in 1975, and under the coaching of Margot Beldon and Don Ferrell the teams

         earned two national championships and several individual titles

  •  Margot Beldon (1974-76)

          o  Beldon steered the lady lions to a record of 30-3 from 1972 to 1976

          o  Her Lady Lions reeled off consecutive undefeated seasons capped in 1974 by their first national championship

  •  Don Ferrell (1976-1980)

          o  In 1976 Don Ferrell took over the head coaching position and in doing so he became Penn State’s first African American

             head coach

          o  Don Ferrell coached both bowling teams from 1976-1982

          o  Ferrell’s first Nittany Lion team finished 7-0

          o  Ferrell’s last four Lady Lions teams finished top three in the country, paced by singles champions Valerie Bright and

             Michele Citro

          o  Ferrell’s Lady Lions won the National Championship in 1979

  •  1981 last year of varsity competition in bowling
  •  Michelle Citro

          o  Caps Penn States final year by winning the national collegiate singles title

          o  Finished ranked number one in the country with a 188 season average

  •  Valerie Bright

          o  1979 singles champion and twice named to the national all-tournament team

          o  Bright received the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Merit Award in 1979

          o  1979 National Bowling Council Most Valuable Player

  •  1975 Men’s Varsity

          o  Scott Goldbach posted a season high 279 game in 1975

          o  Lion men went 5-1 in their first varsity season

  •  Bill Anthony

          o  Averaged 181 during the 1978 season, and in 1977 he rolled a career high 246 at Maryland

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