Dover, Del. (Feb. 7, 2019) --- Kayla Stamm has stepped down as head coach of the Delaware State bowling team after two-and-a-half seasons at the helm to pursue a career opportunity in her home state of Pennsylvania.
Stamm was the 2017-18 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Coach-of-the-Year after leading the Hornets to their second straight MEAC Northern Division title. Delaware State also captured the 2016-17 division crown in Stamm’s first season with the Hornets.
Under Stamm, the 2018-19 Hornets were 13th in the latest National Tenpin Coaches Association Top 25 poll.
Stamm, a collegiate standout at Wichita State, says it was a difficult decision to leave Delaware State’s highly respected bowling program.
“I’m sincerely grateful for the chance to be a part of the legacy that is the bowling program at Delaware State,” she said. “From being named MEAC Coach of the Year, to our team’s top qualifying and No.1 seed at USBC Nationals, the memories and accomplishments we have achieved together won’t soon be forgotten. I know and trust that the team will continue to be successful and the DSU athletics department will thrive and gain recognition in the greater community it so deserves.”
Delaware State Director of Athletics Dr. D. Scott Gines said Stamm deserves credit for maintaining the Hornets’ national bowling profile during her tenure.
“On behalf of Hornet Athletics, we thank Coach Stamm for her service and devotion to Hornet Bowling, and we wish her great success and wonderful new adventures in her new career pursuits,” said Gines.
Delaware State Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator Alecia Shields-Gadson has been appointed as the Hornets’ Acting Head Bowling Coach.
Former DSU bowling standout Elizabeth Burkholder, a volunteer assistant under Stamm this season, will remain on the staff. Burkholder was a four-year letterwinner and member of the Hornets’ 2015-16 MEAC championship team.
The Delaware State bowling team (35-22; 7-3 MEAC) will compete in the Sunshine State Classic in Orlando, Fla., this weekend.