August 28, 2001:
Former Team USA Member Graham Named New CBUSA Director
08/28/2001 - Bowling Newsline
Brian Graham, a 1997 TEAM USA member, has been named as the new Director of Collegiate Bowling for College Bowling USA (CBUSA). Graham replaces Diane Olson who resigned in June to pursue other career opportunities after holding the position for more than two years.
"The American Bowling Congress is extremely pleased that Brian has accepted the position in the collegiate program," said ABC Executive Director Roger Dalkin. "Brian brings diverse experience from almost every level of bowling, including as a participant in the collegiate program. I am confident he will continue the progress begun by Diane Olson."
Graham will be responsible for administering all aspects of college bowling at the varsity, club and junior college levels, including seeking an increase in varsity bowling opportunities in conjunction with the NCAA, NJCAA and NAIA. He will also work closely with the new Varsity Bowling Manager that has the responsibility for overseeing the transition/addition of several women's bowling squads to NCAA status in an attempt to move women's bowling to full varsity sport status at the NCAA level. In addition, Graham will also oversee the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships, CBUSA's annual national championships for both men and women.
"It is a pleasure to return to the excitement of collegiate bowling in this capacity," said Graham. "I feel my competitive background and industry experience have prepared me for the Director of Collegiate Bowling position."
Graham, 28, comes to CBUSA from Columbia 300, Inc., where he served as the Eastern Account/Brand Manager since 1998. He also worked for Turbo 2-N-1 Grips as their Marketing Coordinator from 1996-1998. Graham holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on marketing from the University of Nebraska, along with an Associates degree in Business Administration from Vincennes University.
"This is a very exciting time for College Bowling USA," said Women's International Bowling Congress Executive Director Roseann Kuhn. "With his extensive experience in the industry, I'm certain that Brian will be successful in continuing to develop CBUSA."
The former standout collegiate bowler was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Vincennes and a two-time All-America selection at Nebraska. During his collegiate bowling career, he participated in four Intercollegiate Bowling Championships and won the 1994 ACU-I men's All-Events Title. In 1997, as a member of TEAM USA, he won gold medals in the FIQ American Zone Championships singles and team events.
College Bowling USA is bowling's national intercollegiate governing body as recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The American Bowling Congress and the Women's International Bowling Congress have jurisdiction over and fund College Bowling USA, as ABC and WIBC are recognized as the governing bodies of bowling.
CBUSA maintains the eligibility and integrity of intercollegiate bowling, while providing sanctioning, certification and regulation of varsity bowling at the collegiate level. CBUSA also provides assistance and leadership in implementing bowling programs and avenues for skill and leadership development to ensure pride and enjoyment in the sport and is dedicated to providing the opportunity for student-athletes to compete in the sport of bowling and achieve athletic and academic excellence.
CBUSA also conducts the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships and oversees All-American recognition, Academic All-American recognition, Rookie of the Year honors and Collegiate Bowler of the Year honors in conjunction with the National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association.