St. Catharines native Craig Woodhouse is this year’s recipient of the International Coach Award.
Woodhouse received the award from the World Bowling Writers and the presentation was made at the recent 2006 Quibica/AMF Bowling World Cup Caracas, Venezuela.
Woodhouse, who is currently coaching in the Dominican Republic, is a four-time national team member and was a member of the Canadian Tenpin Federation’s coaching staff from 1991 -2000. He has served the World Tenpin Bowling Association as a member of the Technical, Coaching and Marketing committees. Woodhouse is credited with introducing the concept of two oiling patterns – short and long – which has had a major impact on international competitions.
He was inducted into the CTF’s Hall of Fame in 2005.
His Canadian coaching career began in 1991 as an assistant with the national men’s team at the World Championships in Singapore. Three years later he was coach of Canada’s men’s team at the Commonwealth Invitational Tournament in Victoria, B.C. That team won five gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
In 1995 as coach of the Canadian men’s entry at the World Championships in Reno, Nevada, he led the team to a gold and a silver medal. That same year he coached Canada’s Pan-Am Games men’s team. Competing in Buenos Aires, Canada won gold in singles and bronze in doubles and team competition.
The following year he coached Bill Rowe to the men’s championship at the Atlanta Bowling Challenge during the Atlanta Olympics. And in 1996 he was Canada’s head coach for the Commonwealth Invitational in Scotland where Canada bagged five golds, five silver and three bronze medals.
In 1997 at the American Zone Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, he coached Canada to one gold, six silver, and two bronze medals. Woodhouse followed that in 1998 at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur where Canada won a silver and two bronze. In 1999 at the Pan-Am Games in Winnipeg, the Woodhouse coached team took a silver and two bronze medals.
In 2000, he coached Canada to two gold and two bronze medals at the American Zone Youth Championships in Cancun, Mexico. And that same year, he coached Diane Buchanan to a third place finish at the Bowling World Cup in Lisbon, Portugal.