Kimberly Terrell, also a touring professional, is in her second year as Delaware State Head Bowling Coach.
Last season, she led the Hornets to a school-record 74 wins and a No. 11 ranking in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association regular season poll. In addition, Delaware State runner-up in the 2008 MEAC Championship, the best finish in team history.
Last August, Terrell-Kearney won her second U.S. Women’s Open championship. She captured the 2008 title with a 216-189 victory over Trisha Reid in the championship match of the U.S. Bowling Congress major event in Romeoville, Ill.
Terrell-Kearney, who also won the 2001 Open championship, built an early lead and held on to win her third-career major title. She earned $25,000 for the victory, which will be featured on a tape-delayed basis by ESPN for five consecutive weeks at 1 p.m. Eastern beginning Sept. 7.
In the championship match, Terrell-Kearney struck on four of her first five shots to take a 24-pin lead at the halfway point, while Reid mustered just three strikes in the entire game.
The Terrell-Kearney/Reid championship contest also marked the first matchup of African-American athletes for a professional title in the history of bowling.
Terrell-Kearney joined the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) tour in 1989 after a successful four-year collegiate career at San JoseStateUniversity. She was the 1989 PBWA Rookie-of-the-Year.
From 1990 to 2002, Terrell racked up a number of tour championships, including the 2001 Women’s U.S. Open and the 2002 WIBC Queens title. In addition, she has been a member of the U.S. Junior National Bowling Team coaching staff the last four years.
Terrell-Kearney has also worked in various capacities for major bowling suppliers during her professional career. In addition to other duties, the San Francisco, CA native has served as a national representative for Brunswick, Inc., Linds World Impex and Ebonite International. She has also represented the United States Bowling Congress as a national spokesperson, and participated in the organization’s campaign to increase membership.
In 2005, Terrell-Kearney was inducted into the California State Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the San Mateo County (CA) Hall of Fame. She was selected as the San Francisco Black Sports Hall of Fame Athlete-of-the-Year in 1991.
As a collegian, Terrell-Kearney was a two-time College Bowling Writers Association All-America. Terrell earned a BS in Health Science from San JoseState in 1987. In addition, she is a certified athletic trainer.