Terrell-Kearney was NCAA Coach of the Year in 2009

Kim Terrell-Kearney has been named the head bowling coach at North Carolina A&T, as announced by

director of athletics Earl M. Hilton III on Monday. Terrell-Kearney’s knowledge of bowling has extended

from a sterling collegiate and professional career, to a successful collegiate coaching tenure, to

international coaching experience.

"I am very excited to have the opportunity to return to collegiate bowling. North Carolina A&T has risen

to be one of the top programs in the country, and I look to continue in that success," said Terrell-

Kearney. “I want to thank Chancellor Harold L. Martin and Mr. Earl Hilton for trusting me to take over

one of the department’s most successful programs.”

Terrell-Kearney takes over a Top-10 nationally-ranked team that advanced to the NCAA semifinals in

2016. Weeks later the Aggies competed for another national championship at the United States Bowling

Congress International Team Championships. The Aggies won the ITC and the university’s first-ever

national championship in 2015. Terrell-Kearney’s history is impressive enough to believe she is up to the


Most recently, Terrell-Kearney was the assistant head coach of Team USA at the USBC in Arlington,

Texas (2009-13). She coached national teams to WTBA World Championship titles at all levels and

worked at the International Training Center to develop training programs for incoming athletes.

Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference bowling is familiar to Terrell-Kearney as well. She served as Delaware

State’s head coach (2007-09), where she led the Hornets to the national semifinals in 2009, reaching a

No. 4 ranking, the highest in school history. She was named 2009 MEAC Coach of the Year and NCAA

Coach of the Year. “We are excited to welcome a coach of Kim’s caliber to North Carolina A&T,” said

Hilton. “She has the professional coaching and competitive experience to significantly enhance the

foundation of bowling excellence we have established.”

Terrell-Kearney has left her mark on the sport as a player. She compiled 10 professional titles including

three majors, most recently the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open, as she defeated Trisha Reid in the USBC

championship match in Romeoville, Ill. It was the first matchup of African-American athletes for a

professional bowling title in history. Terrell-Kearney joined the Professional Women’s Bowling

Association tour in 1989 after a successful four-year collegiate career at San Jose State University, where

she was a two-time All-American. She earned the 1989 PBWA Rookie of the Year award. In 1991, she

was selected as the San Francisco Black Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Year.

She was inducted into the 2010 USBC Hall of Fame. Her other Hall of Fame recognitions include the

California State Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame and the San Mateo County (Calif.) Hall of