DEARBORN, Mich. - The University of Michigan-Dearborn is set to offer varsity men's and women's bowling for the first time in the 2018-19 academic year.
Marti Marshall was hired last month as the first head coach of the UM-Dearborn programs, both set to begin competition next year in the NAIA and the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference.
"I am very excited to work with the current staff at UM-Dearborn and to have the opportunity to build a program that will become a bowling destination for student-athletes from southeast Michigan and the Midwest as a whole," Marshall said. "The interest in bowling at the collegiate level is growing, as more and more schools offer bowling as a sport. I believe that this will directly influence the bowling industry in a positive way, both recreationally and professionally."
Marshall is currently in her 10th season as the head bowling coach at Ann Arbor Huron High School. Marshall has competed in the sport of bowling for more than 35 years. She has won one national title, seven state titles and 12 local association championships.
Earlier this year, Marshall was inducted into the Detroit Bowling Hall of Fame.
Marshall, a native of Ann Arbor, Mich., graduated from Ferris State College in 1980 with a Bachelor's Degree in Advertising and Marketing. She competed in both softball and golf for the Bulldogs.
"We are excited to welcome Marti Marshall to UM-Dearborn and look forward to her leadership with the men's and women's bowling programs," UM-Dearborn Director of Athletics & Recreation Matt Beaudry said. "Marti's experience along with passion for teaching and coaching have us excited to watch her guide our new program into the future. We look forward to her commitment to helping student-athletes develop and succeed, while building our program through academic excellence, community service and success in competition."
At the start of the 2018-19 academic year, UM-Dearborn will offer 12 NAIA intercollegiate programs, along with men's and women's ice hockey competing in the ACHA. Women's ice hockey will also be a first-year program in 2018-19.