Dover, Del. (July 7, 2019) – The coach who led Delaware State to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship in 2016 has returned to head the Hornets’ women’s bowling program. DSU Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines has announced that Elysia Current has rejoined the staff as head coach of the team.
Current served a four-year stint as Delaware State’s head bowling coach from 2012-to-2016. In her final season, she led the Hornets to the 2016 MEAC Tournament championship. DSU defeated Norfolk State 4-1 in the tourney finals to capture the third conference title in team history.
Also during the 2015-16 season, Delaware State’s Chelsey Merklinger was named to the All-MEAC First Team, while teammates Stephanie Sheridan, Elizabeth Burkholder and Amber McLeod earned third team honors. Sheridan was also the Most Outstanding MEAC Tournament Performer.
The Hornets also qualified for the 2015 and 2016 United States Bowling Congress Intercollegiate Team Championships, and Current was listed among the Bowler’s Journal Top 100 Coaches each of those years during her first tenure at DSU.
A professional bowler and respected instructor, Current left the Delaware State post in 2016 to pursue other career opportunities.
“I’m grateful to Dr. Gines and the Delaware State administration for the opportunity to rejoin the Hornet family,” said Current. “I truly enjoyed my previous stint at DSU and am looking forward to reuniting with the University and the team. The program is in great shape and I’m hoping we can continue to be strong contenders for MEAC and national championships.”
Three expected members of Delaware State’s 2019-20 bowling team, seniors Alexis Neuer, Ashley Merritt and Samantha DeLong, were recruited by Current during her previous tenure with the Hornets. Neuer was the 2018 MEAC Bowler-of-the-Year, 2017 MEAC Rookie-of-the-Year, a two-time All-MEAC First Team selection and Intercollegiate Singles Championship qualifier as a freshman and sophomore.
Delaware State bowling was also successful in the classroom during Current’s previous stint with the program.
During the 2015-16 academic year, the Hornets were sixth among 17 programs honored as “Exemplary” by the National Tenpin Coaches Association. To be considered for team recognition, programs must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.2 or higher. Delaware State was well above the standard with a team GPA of 3.542. In addition, five Hornet bowlers were among 163 student-athletes earning NTCA All-Academic recognition by maintaining at least a 3.4 GPA for the 2015-16 school year.
DSU was 12th on the team list, while four Hornets were NTCA All-Academic Honorable Mention All-America recognition, during the 2014-15 season.
As a collegian, Current She helped lead Wichita State to the Intercollegiate Team National Championship in 2007 and a second place finish in 2008.
She is a former champion of the Professional Women’s Bowling Association Storm Sacramento Open and was runner-up in the USBC Queens Championship in 2011. Current earned a bachelor's in criminal justice from Wichita State University in 2008.
“Elysia Current was a championship coach at Delaware State and stood out among many outstanding candidates for the DSU head bowling coach position,” Gines said. “In addition to her coaching and personal success on the lanes, she is an outstanding teacher, motivator and recruiter. I have no doubt Elysia can pick off where she left off at the University, leading our bowling program to competitive and academic success.”
Current will officially return to duty at Delaware State on July 8.