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Glen Oaks to add men’s and women’s bowling program; Lewis is hired as coach

Glen Oaks Community College is adding Men’s and Women’s bowling programs to its 2020-21 sports lineup and Kevin Lewis will coach the newly formed Viking teams.

Lewis, who is also the Viking softball coach, has 21 years of experience training and coaching young athletes and has bowled since he was 13 years old.

“We plan to start practices soon after the fall semester gets under way,” said Lewis, “I’d like to have six students on each team. The hope is that bowling alleys will be allowed to open up, and when they do, our practices and home competitions will be held at Sturgis Bowl. It’s been hard to recruit students as there are no travel leagues as a result of the bowling alley closures.”

A Vicksburg, MI native, Lewis attended Missouri Baptist University on a baseball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in sports management and played professional baseball with the Springfield Capitals of the Frontier League. Following his baseball career, he started playing Men’s fast pitch softball where he played on a national team and competed in the NAFA World Series for 17 years.

“When the bowling coach position opened up at Glen Oaks, I thought why not,” said Lewis. “I enjoy working with the kids, the college has a need and I have a bowling certification – and besides that, I’m already on campus.”

Lewis has a full-time job at MRC Industries, Inc., in Kalamazoo, MI, where he employs individuals who have disabilities and/or mental illnesses, by helping them gain competitive employment in the community.