Clinton coach Mark Richardson retired after a long and successful tenure with Clinton bowling.
Now, Shaun Hartman will take over. There are some big shoes to fill, though.
“I’m a little nervous,” Hartman said. “I’m a little out of my comfort zone.”
Part of the reason Hartman stepped up was because his daughter is a member of the varsity girls’ team. He’s also been around bowling in the Clinton community for years.
It’s Hartman’s first year as a head coach at the varsity level, but he’s excited to take over. Fundamentals is what he’s focusing on, watching accuracy and consistency.
“I’m familiar with bowling and I had an understanding of how to improve the bowlers,” Hartman said. “I’ve been bowling 15 years and I want to continue the program.”
Both teams qualified for the state meet last season, but the boys lost a lot off the roster. They do have key pieces returning, however, and have lots of numbers to fill in.
“We have a lot returning and have some coming up from middle school who have potential as well,” Hartman said.
Carter Hudson will be the biggest returner for the Kings. He’s joined by talent luke Hunter Lockhart, Joe Simpson, Andrew Reed and Jack Pelham.
The girls have a little bit more returning to their roster. The likes of Tannah Bowman, Hannah Hartman, Jazlyn Whitaker and Frankie Hansen all have experience at that level, including last year’s state qualifying team.
“It’s [the experience] going to help a lot with the nerves,” Hartman said. “You can see with younger students nerves associated with bowling varsity.”
He has plenty of pieces and he has the knowledge, so the legacy left by the former coach doesn’t worry him. In fact, he has the same goals this year as they have had in previous years.
“Our goal is to make it to state again, both boys and girls,: Hartman said. “We want to see some individuals step up and make it as well.”