Linda Grace was renamed as assistant bowling coach in Aug. 2016 after becoming head interim head coach on Feb. 11, 2016. Until that point she served as an assistant coach for the Aggies starting in 2011.
In her interim role, Grace led the Aggies to a strong 2015-16 finish which included tournament wins at the Stephen F. Austin Jacks Invitational and the Brunswick Invitational hosted by N.C. A&T along with a 28-game winning streak. Also in that span, the Aggies qualified for the 2016 International Team Championships at the United States Bowling Congress Sectionals.
Qualifying gave the Aggies a chance to defend their 2015 national championship they received from the USBC. Aggies also earned the school’s first-ever at-large bid to an NCAA postseason as the Aggies earned the eighth seed at the 2016 NCAA Bowling Championships in North Brunswick, N.J. N.C. A&T would go on to finish third at the NCAA championships. A week later Grace led the Aggies to the ITC tournament where they advanced to the fifth round before being eliminated.
As assistant at N.C. A&T, Grace’s duties include planning, organizing and conducting practice sessions. She also helped to coordinate physical conditioning programs along with providing training and direction to the team during competitive events. Prior to joining the Aggies, Grace served as an assistant coach at Winston-Salem State University for a season.
Grace started bowling professionally in 1995 and has rolled four 300 games to date. In 1999 she placed fifth in the Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) regional. Her other accomplishments included being inducted into the Greater Greensboro United States Bowling Congress Hall of Fame and member of the Greensboro and High Point Association all-star team.
She has won many local, state, and national tournaments from 1998-2009 and was the operator of the BowlEx Proshop from 2006 to 2008. She has also served in several leadership roles during her bowling career such as the Greensboro Women’s Bowling Association director, WIBC delegate, NCWBA board of directors and is currently the director/vice president of the Greater Greensboro USBC.
Outside of bowling, Grace has been employed with the Guilford County Social Services department for 20 years.