When Belmont Abbey added its bowling program last year, there was a natural choice as its first head coach. Clyde Ferguson, one of the top 100 bowling instuctors in the country and a resident of Hickory, was named to the position.
"We are thrilled to announce the addition of bowling as a program at Belmont Abbey College and the hire of Clyde Ferguson, Jr. as our first Head Bowling coach," Miss said in the initial announcement. "His enthusiasm for and knowledge of the sport of bowling as well as his impressive credentials as a teacher and mentor bode well for the program's future success. Most importantly, Clyde is well-equipped to embrace the challenge of facilitating the formation and development of our students into well rounded, young men and women that will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, to become responsible citizens, and to be a blessing to themselves and to others."
Ferguson has been a bowling professional since 1999 and has been recognized by the International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association (IBPSIA), the United States Bowling Congress and is a USA Bowling Gold level coach. He has completed all levels of USA Bowling coach training.
Before entering the bowling profession, Ferguson was a renowned band director at the high school level for 26 years, and led Hickory’s St. Stephen’s marching band to a top ten world ranking.
Ferguson also has experience in the public sector, where he served as the Director of the Western Carolina Youth Involvement Office under Governor James Hunt.
A native of Lenoir, North Carolina, Ferguson is a graduate of Mitchell College and Gardner-Webb University. Ferguson and his wife, Karen, have five children and 12 grandchildren.