Spring Hill College has named Whitney Smith Boggus as the school's first head coach of men's and women's bowling.
"I am very pleased that Whitney has accepted our offer to become Spring Hill College's first bowling coach," Director of Athletics Jim Hall said. "Whitney is an up and coming young coach who possesses a tremendous drive to be successful and an unsurpassed passion for bowling. Her accomplishments and experience as a collegiate bowler have well prepared her to lead our program into collegiate competition."
A native of Huntsville, Alabama, Boggus received her BSSc magna cum laude in Social Science Education from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University in 2008. She has been a Social Studies teacher and head girls' basketball coach at Grissom High School in Huntsville since 2009.
"I am honored to be chosen as the first bowling coach at Spring Hill College and to be a part of the Badger family," Boggus (left) said. "I look forward to building the bowling program with superior athletes who will represent Spring Hill well on the lanes and in the classroom."
Boggus, a member of the Alabama A&M bowling team from 2004-08, was named 1st team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) on four different occasions, selected the SWAC Player of the Year in 2007, named her team's Most Valuable Player three times and was named to the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) All-America team on three separate occasions.
"Whitney impressed our athletic staff with her strong technical and tactical knowledge of bowling during her interview," said Hall. "I am confident that she will be a tremendous mentor and coach for our athletes."
Boggus began her collegiate career rolling a school-record 286 game and was named the SWAC Rookie of the Year in 2004. She currently owns five Alabama A&M records in career pin-falls, career games played, single-season high average, career-high average and team-high series.
Over her career at Alabama A&M, Boggus' teams built a 228-104 record that included a SWAC Championship in 2007, a Runner-Up finish in 2008, 3rd place finishes in both 2005 and 2006 and three SWAC Eastern Division titles. In 2006, the Lady Bulldogs were Runners-Up at the NCAA Championship in Houston, Texas, to Fairleigh Dickinson University, but only after eliminating two-time defending national champion the University of Nebraska in the semi-final round on ESPN as Boggus delivered three strikes in a row in the final frame to advance A&M past Nebraska by one pin.
In 2010, Boggus was the first Alabama A&M bowler to have her jersey number retired by the Lady Bulldog program.