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  • Home Town
    Vernon Hills, Illinois
  • Birth Date
    10/19/1949
  • Throws
    Right
  • 300 Games
    38
  • 800 Series
    5
  • Career Titles
    3
  • Career Earnings
    $350,000

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Bill Spigner

Biography

Bill was the Head Teaching Pro for Professional Bowling Camps, 1980-1990 and the Head Teaching Pro, Professional Bowling Instruction, 1998. Teaching Pro, BOWLING THIS MONTH Super School, 1997.

Spigner served as Vice-President of the United States Bowling Instructors Association, incorporating the Institute of Professional Bowling Instruction, an Illinois State Board of Education approved education course as well as, on the Board of Directors-International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association, 1992-1994.  In addition to his coaching career, Bill has worked as a Bowling Ball Fitting, Drilling Clinician for BowlMaster, Inc.

Bill is the Head Coach of Vernon Hills High School Boy’s Bowling Team, a position he has held since 2003.  During his tenure, the team has had IHSA State Qualifiers since the team started in 2003.  The following are additional team accomplishments:

  • 2 Individuals qualified in 2003-04 season
  • 3 Individuals qualified in 2004-05 season
  • Conference Champions, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12
  • Sectional Champions, 2008, 2009, 2010        
  • Team qualified for IHSA State Tournament 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014
  • Team finished 2nd in 2011, 2012; 3rd in 2006 earning VHHS it’s first IHSA Athletic State Trophy

He has been a Coaching Specialist for the International Art of Bowling, since 2014 and was Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President, Chicagoland BPAA, 2003-2007.  Bill's has several coaching certifications including Bronze Level USTBF Coach since 1991, Silver Level USTBF Coach since 1997, Gold Level USTBF Coach since 2000 and  Gold Level Review Committee, since 2001.

He has been recognized on the Bowlers Journal “Top 100 Coaches” since list started in 2006 and a member of the USBC Hall-of-Fame Review Board, since 2005.  Spigner served as the Chairman, Hall-of Fame Review Board, 2010-2012.  He has been a member of the Bowling Writer's Association of America, since 1983.

He enjoyed a televsion career working as Color Commentary for ESPN Cable-TV in 1980 and Color Commentary for Cablenet Cable-TV in 1984.

Bill has authored numerous published bowling related articles including "Bill Spigner's Bowling Clinic" in BOWLING DIGEST, 1983-2004, "Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner" in the CHICAGO BOWLER, 1985-1990, “The Pro Approach” in the BOWLERS JOURNAL, since 2008 and “Bill Spigner’s Bowling Clinic” in TenPin Alley, 2010-2012.

Over the years, he has worked closely with several tournaments around the county including having served as Tournament Coordinator for "American Dream Classic", 1984-89 and as the Assistant Tournament Chairman, "Big-Brothers, Big-Sisters" of Lake County, Illinois in 1987.

Spigner was the owner of "Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner" Pro Shop, 1985-2003 and Proprietor of Hawthorn Lanes, Vernon Hills, Illinois from 1989-2008.

He was a member of the Munsingwear Staff of Champions, 1976-1980 and Perfect Wrist Staff of Champions, 1980-1984 and Martin Lane Reader Staff of Champions, in 1985.  Bill was the National Roto Grip PBA Tour Rep in 1985 and a member of Columbia 300 Staff of Champions, 2001-2004 as well as a member of Brunswick Staff of Champions, 2004-2014.

Spigner has been a member of Storm Staff of Champions, since 2014.  In 2004, he was awarded BPAA Golden Pin Award for Customer Service and Retention and an MABW Sam Weinstein Distinguished Service Award Recipient, in 2008. 

Bill is a 3-time National PBA Champion with victories at the 1977 New England Ebonite BowlMaster Open in Cranston, Rhode Island, 1978 Miller High Life Syracuse Open in Syracuse, New York and  1981 City of Roses Open in Portland, Oregon.

Spigner's highest earnings in one year was  $41,251 in 1977 and $39,998 earned in 1979, which was the most earned by a bowler without winning a title. 

Bill has rolled 38 perfect games in twenty-three different bowling centers and three of them on Sport conditions along with seventeen 299 games including one on the PBA National Tour.

Spigner is a United States Bowling Congress, Illinois Bowling, Connecticut Bowling, New Haven County Bowling, Lake County Bowling, Chicagoland Bowling Hall of Fame Inductee with induction years of 2001, 1999, 1992, 1991, 1999 and 2009, respectively. 

During the 1987/1988 season, Bill maintained a high average of 242.17 for seventy-two games  which was the highest Illinois State Average Record and second All-Time ABC 4-man team average list. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accomplishments

Professional Bowler's Association

  • PBA Touring Pro 1973-1986
  • 3-Time National PBA Champion
  • 7-Time Regional PBA Champion including 1980 Eastern Region Tournament of Champions
  • 2-Time Regional PBA Senior Champion
  • 21 National PBA TournamentsTop-5 finishes 
  • 4 National PBA Tournaments Top-10 finishes
  • 97 National PBA Tournaments Match-Play Finals Appearances
  • 2nd  1977 US Open
  • 4th  1980 Firestone Tournament of Champions
  • PBA Executive Board Member (1979-1985)
  • PBA Image Committee Chairman (1981-1985)
  • PBA's Television Review, Pension, and Education Committee Member
  • 2004 Chicago PBA Open Commissioner’s Exemption Pick

 USBC

  • 1st  1996 Pollard's Bowl Regular Team All Events Champion  (2068-10,425 - USBC Record)
  • 2nd  1977 Classic All Events
  • 2nd  1979 Masters (44 Game Average 206)                     
  • 2nd  1994  Pollard's Bowl Regular Team (654-3255)
  • 3rd  1997 Regular Doubles (Don Scudder) (693-1440) 
  • 3rd  2011 Pollard's Bowl Regular Team (655-3420)
  • 4th  1974 Classic Team (Connie's Macaroni) (665-2952)            
  • 4th  1995 Pollard's Bowl Regular Team (688-3329)                  
  • 5th  1974 Classic All Events (2065)         
  • 5th  1975 Shur Hooks Classic Team (589-2905)                       
  • 5th  1997 Pollard's Bowl  Regular Team (705-3312)                     
  • 6th  1979 Classic Singles (693)
  • 7th  1989 Pollard's Bowl  Regular Team(707-3333)                     
  • 7th  1978 Masters (32 Game Average 199)
  • 10th  1977  Classic Doubles (Dennis Lane) (638-1259)                 
  • 18th  1988 Regular Doubles (Bill Pollard, Sr.) (685-1299)
  • 20th  1996 Regular Doubles (Don Scudder) (775-1429)
  • 46 Year Average (86,753 pins, 422 games - 205.57)                                        
  • Masters (96 Game Average 201)
  • 2-Time Classic Roll-Off Finals 6-Game Average 209 (Classic Division Discontinued After 1979)
  • 1969 New Haven County Bowler of the Year
  • 1973 New Haven County Bowler of the Year
  • 2011 Lake County Bowling Association Senior Bowler of the Year
  • 2011 Lake County Bowling Association All County Team Member 
  • 2-Time Connecticut State Champion (All Events 1978 and 2009)              
  • 1st  1978 Connecticut State Team Champion (620-2920)                   
  • 1st  1968 New Haven County Champion (All Event 1871)                                                      
  • 1st  1980 New Haven County Champion (All Events - 2193)                  
  • 1st  1988 Chicago City Doubles Champion (Bruce Tres) (739-1365)      
  • 1st  1967 New Haven County Doubles (John Mammolite) (1269)
  • 1st  1969 New Haven County Doubles (John Mammolite) (1248)
  • 1st  1973 New Haven County Doubles (Leon Yarrish) (1322)
  • 1st  1980 New Haven County Doubles (Jim Byrnes) (1445)
  • 1st  1999 Lake County Doubles (Curt Aemisegger) (663-1255)
  • 1st  1999 LakeCounty Singles Champion (669)
  • 1st  2012 Lake County Team Champion (664-3293)
  • 1st  1998 Lake County Team Champion (726-3131)
  • 1st  1994 Lake County Team Champion (744-3203)                              
  • 1st  1998 Illinois State Champion Singles-Northern Division (739)
  • 1st  1998 Illinois State Singles Champion (Won in Play-Off/756-566)                  
  • 1st  1996 Illinois State Champion Team-Northern Division (667-3299)    
  • 1st  1996 Illinois State Team Champion (Won in Play-Off/674-3284)
  • 2nd  1988 Illinois State Singles (716)
  • 2nd  1994 Illinois State Team (721-3339)                    
  • 2nd  2002 Lake County Doubles (Curt Aemisegger) (655-1386)
  • 3rd  1988 Chicago City Al -Events (1990)                    
  • 5th  1987 Illinois State Singles (694)
  • New Haven County Association 5- Game Record Holder (1174)       
  • New Haven County Association 8-Game Record Holder (1769)
  • New Haven County Association 9-Game Record Holder (2193)
  • 4-Time Connecticut Bowler's Association Champion
  • 5-Time New England Bowler's Association Champion
  • 1st  1986 BOWLER'S JOURNAL Doubles Champion (Tim Cornelio) (717-1425)
  • 2nd 1986 BOWLER'S JOURNAL Mixed Doubles (Kathy Wodka) (737-1377)    
  • 1st  1995 Petersen Classic Team Champion (601-2873)                        
  • 1st  1976 John Vargo Classic Singles Champion (996 - $12,000) (1,700 entries)
  • 1st  1976 John Vargo Classic Doubles (Pete Couture) (1119)
  • 2nd  1980 John Vargo Classic Singles (986 - $10,000)
  • All Time John Vargo Classic Money Champion
  • 2nd 1977 BOWLING Magazine Team All American
  • 5 career 800 Series (High 825 - Bowled at Brunswick Northwest)