Director Athletics of Earl Hilton announced the hiring of Kim Terrell-Kearney as the head bowling coach at North Carolina A&T on August 15, 2016. 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.
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.
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 Fame.