The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has named Andy Spring the first head coach of the women's bowling team. Spring has spent the last nine years as the varsity boys' and girls' bowling coach at Allegany-Limestone.
Spring will lead the Panthers in their inaugural season, which is set to start in the fall of 2013.
"When searching for a head coach, one name kept coming to the surface, and it was Andy's," said Lori Mazza, director of athletics. "His quiet demeanor yet his ability to achieve success are exactly what we were looking for in our coach and think it will yield success for years to come.
"Andy is a teacher by nature and will be able to push all of the bowlers to achieve team success. This is an exciting time for Pitt-Bradford, and I look forward to working with Andy in not only working with our current bowlers, but also recruiting bowlers who will compete for a NCAA title."
Spring led the Allegany-Limestone teams to a combined 15 Cattaraugus County League championships and the 2006 Section 6 boys' title. The boys' team won the league championship every year with Spring at the helm, while the girls ripped off six straight titles from 2003-09. Several of his players received Cattaraugus County League High Average awards.
Spring has also served in various coaching capacities at Allegany-Limestone Middle School and in the Allegany community in modified girls' soccer, softball, youth football and Little League baseball.
Spring earned USA Junior Olympic Bowling Coach Level 1 status in 1998 and completed the requirements for Level 2 in 1999. Level 1 is for coaching children up to 6 years of age, and Level 2 extends to bowlers all the way through the collegiate ranks.
The Allegany, N.Y., native has several bowling honors, including two 300 games, an 813 life-time high series mark, more than 30 700 games and a highest season average of 214.
Spring currently works for Dresser-Rand of Olean, N.Y., and has been with the company since 1989. He served in the U.S. Army for six years and graduated from Advanced Individual Training School at Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., in 1984.
Women's bowling is the first sport to be added to the Pitt-Bradford athletics department since men's and women's tennis in 2008-09 and will be the department's 15th NCAA affiliated sport.
With the addition of Pitt-Bradford's program, the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference will sponsor a women's bowling championship, which the Panthers will host in 2014 at Byllye Lanes, the team's home facility, where they will be joined by Medaille, Penn State Altoona and Mount Aloysius as the schools in the conference with qualifying teams.