Director Athletics of Earl M. Hilton III 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 sterling collegiate and professional careers to a successful collegiate coaching tenure, to international coaching experience.
With one of the most recognizable faces and names in names in the world of bowling, Terrell-Kearney has made an immediate impact as N.C. A&T's head coach. In her first season in 2016-17, she led the Aggies to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Southern Division title and they made an appearance in the MEAC championship game. Mackenzie Robinson and Kristin Shinn earned first-team All-MEAC honors in the process.
In 2017-18, Terrell-Kearney retooled the Aggies after losing Robinson and Shinn to graduation and kept the program atop the conference. The Aggies not only won another southern division title but they also won the MEAC tournament for the first time in 14 years. N.C. A&T earned an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament in St. Louis and went in as the No. 6 seed. One of the bowlers Terrell-Kearney used to rebuild, Ana Olaya, earned the 2018 MEAC Rookie of the Year award.
Prior to arriving at N.C. A&T, 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.
Terrell-Kearney is not new to the MEAC and she is not new to leading a MEAC team to the NCAA tournament. 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. Other Hall of Fame recognitions