Karen Grygiel, who was named Monmouth University's first bowling coach in June of 2010, enters her seventh season as the head coach of the Hawks in 2016-17.
Grygiel, who added the Director of Bowling to her title in 2014, became the National Chair of the NCAA Bowling Committee in 2015, after joining the Committee as the Northeast Region Chair in the Fall of 2014. The Brick Township native recently helped facilitate the donation and addition of four bowling lanes on the institution's campus thanks to a gift from alum Pat Ciniello '67, chairman of the board of QubicaAMF Worldwide. The Ciniello Family Bowling Center opened with a dedication event on October 10, 2014, and provides an excellent training facility for the Hawks.
In the winter of 2014, under Grygiel's leadership, the Hawks accepted an invitation to the Southland Bowling League, which features Sam Houston State (2014 NCAA Champion), Stephen F. Austin (2016 NCAA Champion), Arkansas State (2008 NCAA runner-up), Louisiana Tech, Monmouth, Tulane, Valparaiso University and Vanderbilt (2007 NCAA Champion, 2011 and 2013 NCAA runner-up). At the inaugural SBL Championship, Monmouth defeated eventual 2015 NCAA runner-up Stephen F. Austin in the first round, before bowing out of the competition.
Grygiel, who graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2009, grew up 20 minutes from West Long Branch in Brick Township, New Jersey. While with the Commodores, Grygiel won a National Championship in 2007 and made it to the semifinals in 2008. Active out of the lanes as well, she was President of Vandy's Student Athlete Advisory Committee, holding bi-weekly meetings with SAAC representatives from all of the varsity sports at the Southeastern Conference schools.
In 2005, Grygiel was a member of Vanderbilt's first recruiting class; a task she endured as the first coach of Monmouth's program. She is a USBC Silver Level Coach and a member of the Ocean County USBC Youth Association. Recently, she has been involved with the NCAA Coach's Forum, where she participated in crisis management exercises and improved her understanding of NCAA rules and regulations.Grygiel also serves as the Chair of the NCAA Bowling Committee.
"It is an honor to join the Hawks," stated Grygiel at the time of her hiring. "I am very excited for the opportunity to start-up their NCAA Women's Bowling program and work with some very talented female bowlers from the area."
Grygiel added, "Having been part of the first recruiting class of NCAA bowlers at Vanderbilt University, I understand the importance of building a strong foundation of bowlers and work ethic. Monmouth University is in a prime location and offers great academic and athletic opportunities for the large talent pool of young female bowlers both locally and nationally."
In her first two seasons with the Blue & White, Grygiel led Monmouth to the Northeast Conference Championships, before the Hawks competed as an independent in 2013-14.
As a high school athlete she was a two-time co-captain and helped lead the Dragons to NJ State Championships in three out of her four high school seasons.
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