MEET THE TEAM

 
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Del Ballard, Jr.

Co-Owner | Hall-of-Fame Bowler | Premier Coach

Inspired by his parents' passion to bowl, Del Ballard, Jr. began training at the ripe age of 16. By 1982, he joined the Professional Bowlers league and amassed a career that has spanned over 25 years. 

 

​His Professional Bowling career highlights include:

  • 13 Professional Bowlers Tour Titles

    • 5 Major Championships

      • 2 time U. S. Open Champion

      • Firestone Tournament of Champions

      • ABC (USBC) Masters Champion

      • Brunswick World Open Champion

  • USBC Hall of Fame - 2010

  • PBA Hall of Fame - 2009

One thing Del realized during his success on tour, was that it took much more than throwing the ball well to be a champion.  Reading the lanes, knowing your equipment, and being mentally prepared are just a few items that all contribute to success.

A natural path for Del after his bowling career was coaching.  He is known as one of the go-to guys for ball suggestions and lane pattern strategy.  Through this, his second true passion came through – coaching.  Over the past 20 years he has coached some of the world’s best female and male professional bowlers as well as International teams. 

 

His coaching career highlights include:

  • Ball rep and coach for the Storm/Roto Grip Staff of Champions

  • Storm/Roto Grip Tour Rep for the PBA/PBA50/PWBA National Tours​

  • Coach for the University of North Texas Men’s Bowling Team

  • Ball motion specialist for the UAE (United Arab Emirates) National Team

  • Ball motion specialist for the Hong Kong Men’s and Women’s National Team

  • International Ambassador for USBC

Born and raised in Dallas, TX, Del is currently the PBA National Tour Rep for Storm, Roto Grip, and Master Industries Worldwide, and has served similar positions for both Brunswick and Ebonite prior.

 

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard

Co-Owner | Hall-of-Fame Bowler | Premier Coach

Carolyn Dorin-Ballard began bowling at the age of 6 at the Jersey Lanes in Linden, NJ. Her father taught her the four-step approach to become competitive in the Jr. League and has been hooked to the game ever since. She continued her passion through high school into West Texas State University (now West Texas A&M). Through her sophomore year, she became a professional bowler and progressed through the ranks, all the way to 22 professional titles over a stellar career, spanning over 13 years.

Her Professional Bowling career highlights include:

  • 20 Professional Women’s Bowling Association Titles

    • Record-tying 7 titles in 2001

    • 3 Major Championships: 2 Brunswick World Championships, USBC Queens Championship

  • 2 PWBA/PBA Women’s Series Titles

  • 4-time member of Team USA (2008-2011) – World Team Champion - 2011

  • PWBA Player of the Year - 2001, 2003

  • USBC Hall of Fame - 2008

  • 2000 Bowler of the Decade

  • USBC Silver Level Coach

  • College Accomplishments – 2 National Team Championships, 3-Time All-American

​Nicknamed “CDB”, Carolyn serves as the Director of Coaching for the United States Bowling Congress, and has done extensive work promoting the sport at the High School and Collegiate levels.  She is a member of both the Roto Grip and Turbo 2-n-1 Grips Pro Staffs.​

She credits her success on and off the lanes to good coaching and great mentors that taught her how to be an all-around athlete and is grateful to have an amazing support system of family and friends. ​

Together, Carolyn and her husband, Del, run the Ballard's Bowling Academy to teach excellence and to pass down the knowledge they have gained over the years. Both are active advocates for the sport of bowling and consider their best accomplishment in life as being parents to their wonderful daughter, Alyssa.

 

Geoffrey Young

Pro-Shop Manager - Bowlero Watauga| USBC Coach

Geoffrey Young has been with the Ballard Bowling Academy family over 3.5 years.

His career highlights include:

  • 2017 Longview and WT Doubles Champion Partner (Will Barnes)

  • Former Team USA Member (2014)

  • Intercollegiate Singles Champion (2012)

  • 2-Time Intercollegiate Team Champion (Wichita State)

  • Junior Gold Champion (2008)

  • Teen Masters Champion (2007)

  • Roto Grip and Turbo Staff member

He is fun, silly, personable and a great coach for people of all ages. Visit him at the Bowlero Watauga pro-shop and he will provide you with a wealth of knowledge for your arsenal.

 

EJ Nenichka

Pro-Shop Manager - Cityview Lanes| USBC Coach

EJ has been a Pro-Shop operator for over 13 years. Formerly the manager for Ron Williams Pro Shops, previously located at Cityview Lanes and Spare Time Lanes. Currently, EJ is working with Carolyn Dorin-Ballard to master his coaching certification to join our team of USBC Certified Coaches.

His career highlights include:

  • 18 Sanctioned 300's

  • 13 Sanctioned 800's

  • 1 Sport Sanctioned 800

  • Regional Staff member of Track Bowling

Stop by and visit EJ to help you pick out the best pieces to include in your bowling arsenal.

 

Paul Fleming

Bowlero Watuaga| BBA Coach

Paul has been a Silver-certified coach since 1994. He is a bronze level instructor and the head coach for the Timber Creek High School Bowling team. 

His career highlights include:

  • 1999 PBA Rookie of the Year 

  • 1999 Senior Doubles 2nd Place (invitational) 

  • 2000 US Open – 4th Place 

  • 5 PBA Regional Titles

  • 2000 USBC Masters – 3rd place 

  • 2010 Bowlers Journal Singles Champion 

  • 2017 USBC Century Doubles Champion

  • 2016 NCTUSBC High Average Award 

  • 2017 Inducted into NCTUSBC Hall of Fame 

  • 2021 Inducted into the Texas Hall of Fame

Book a time with Paul for an awesome bowling lesson at Bowlero Watuaga!

 
Diana Zavjalova

Diana Zavjalova

Cityview Lanes| BBA Coach

Diana is a 4-time PWBA champion, has bowled on the Latvian National team from 2006 - 2017, and has won several professional accolades. We are proud to make Cityview Lanes her home center.

Her career highlights include:

  • 4-PWBA Titles - 2 Major (2013, 2017) and 2 Standard (2015, 2018)

  • 2015 PBA Kokomo Central/Midwest Regional Classic champion

  • 2014 Intercollegiate Singles Championships champion (Webber International)

  • Member of 2012 Intercollegiate Team Championships winner (Webber International)

  • 2013-2014 NCBCA first-team All-American (Webber International)

  • 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 NCBCA second-team All-American (Webber International)

  • 2010-2011 NCBCA Rookie of the Year (Webber International)

  • 2010-2011 NCBCA honorable mention All-American (Webber International)

  • National Team Latvia (2006-2017)

    • 2 gold medals (singles, Masters) at 2014 European Women's Championships

    • Bronze medal (all-events) at 2013 WTBA World Championships

    • Silver medal at 2012 WTBA World Singles Championships

    • 2 bronze medals (singles, all-events) at 2010 WTBA World Youth Championships

    • Bronze medal (trios) at 2012 European Championships

    • Gold medal (doubles), one silver medal (all-events) and one bronze medal (Masters) at 2008 European Youth Championships
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Book a time with Diana for an engaging bowling lesson at Cityview Lanes!

 

Caitlyn Dull

Part-Time Pro-Shop Associate - Cityview Lanes

Caitlyn Dull is the youngest member of our Pro-Shop family. In the Fall of 2019, she will be attending West Texas A&M, Carolyn's Alma Mater!

Her young career highlights include:

  • 2019 High School Regional Champion

  • 2 Time Grand Prix Runner Up

  • 2016 Top Freshman Bowler

  • 1- USBC Sancationed 300

  • High Series 697

 

Steven Ward

Part-Time Pro-Shop Associate - Bowlero Watauga

Steven Ward is an up and coming bowler in the DFW area. This two-fingered bowler is a student of the game and enjoys talking all things bowling. 

His career highlights include:

      (4) 300 Games

  • 1- USBC Sanctioned 800 Series

  • High Series 697

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