In just 18 years as a varsity sport, Nebraska bowling has become one of the top programs in the nation.  Coach Bill Straub has guided the Huskers to unprecedented success, winning national titles in 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2013. Once bowling became an NCAA-recognized sport in 2003-04, the Huskers won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005, captured another in 2009 and most recently in 2013.

A total of 84 tournament titles in 160 competitions entering the 2013-14 campaign creates an impressive list of accomplishments, while Straub’s bowlers have finished among the top three teams in over 80 percent of their regular-season tournaments since the start of the program.

The  constant success under Straub has made the Huskers a fixture in the national  polls, ranking in the top five nationally all the way back to 1990, when the  sport was flourishing at the club level.


While the Husker team accomplishments have been paramount, many bowlers have enjoyed individual success. NU has had at least one All-American in each of the last 23 years, dating back to its club program days. Since 1989, 25 Huskers have combined for a total of 53 first-, second- and third-team All-America awards, while Kim Berke (1992), Diandra Hyman (2000), Shannon
Pluhowsky (2001, 2004, 2005), Lindsay Baker (2006), Amanda Burgoyne (2007) and Cassandra Leuthold (2010) were each chosen as the National College Bowler of the Year.

Straub’s bowlers have also had the opportunity to represent their countries in national and international competition. In 2009, Nebraska’s Cassandra Leuthold was honored as a member of Junior Team USA. Former Huskers Diandra (Hyman) Asbaty, Shannon Pluhowsky and Brenda Edwards are also members of the 2010 Team USA. Beth Hedley competed for England at the 2012 World Youth Championships in Bangkok, Thailand.

Booster Clubs

Nebraska Bowling Booster Club is the official booster club of Nebraska Bowling. Established to provide financial support and fan enthusiasm for the program, the club helps the team excel on and off the lanes. Benefits start at $50. Help lay the foundation for success — join today by calling 800-8-BIG RED, or click here to donate online via your Donornet account.

Nebraska JV Team
The Nebraska JV Team is the official kids’ club of the Huskers. The new all-sport kids’ club features great benefits all year long for kids in eighth grade and below. Membership for the whole year is just $35 per child.

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