Gary Hiday has been named the Head Coach of Boys and Girls Bowling. Gary was born in Elwood, IN and raised in Perkinsville, IN. Coach Hiday is a graduate of Lapel High School, where he participated in Cross Country, Basketball, Track, and Baseball; lettering in all four sports in both his Junior and Senior years, Gary was named All-Conference in Cross Country and Basketball his Senior year. At Ball State University he graduated with a BS in Education and a MAE in Elementary Education. After spending time teaching, coaching and working in industry, he entered the sport of bowling as a profession.
Having started bowling at the age of four and continuing through junior bowling and adult leagues, Gary’s PBA regional bowling career began in 1980. Through the regional program, he made contacts that lead to entering management programs in the bowling industry. After working in Jackson, MI, Toledo, OH and South Bend, IN, he returned to Indianapolis. Following his time managing a bowling center, he changed lanes and started operating Pro Shops, both in Kokomo, IN and Nora Bowl. He then worked for Don Mitchell’s Pro Shops, Bowler’ Sport Shoppe, and Hindel Pro Shop.
Athletic Director Ted Hampton is proud to say, “Former Head Coach Rick Kerby and Assistant Coach Joe Connelly helped build a program that Coach Hiday will continue to grow. Gary has a wealth of knowledge and experience, including collegiate head coaching experience at a Catholic institution, that makes him a tremendous asset. He has a passion for the sport of bowling that spans over four decades, a commitment to working with student-athletes, and values that align with Brebeuf Jesuit’s mission.”
While working in pro shops during the winter months, Gary began bowling on the PBA Senior Tour in 1998 and retired after 16 years. During that time, he had many top ten finishes with one National title in Clarksville, TN and one regional title in Independence, OH. The Bowling Writers of America also named him to the Senior All-American Team in 2004. Most recently, Gary served as the Head Bowling Coach at Marian University in Indianapolis.