In just 14 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 and 2009. Once bowling became an NCAA-recognized sport in 2003-04, the Huskers won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005 and most recently captured another in 2009.
A total of 79 tournament titles in 145 competitions entering the 2011-12 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. Over the years, Straub has been a constant in Nebraska bowling success.
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 21 years, dating back to its club program days. Since 1989, 22 Huskers have combined for a total of 48 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 (2009) 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.
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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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