Ron Hatfield


I started coaching in the late 1990s by accident when friends of mine would ask me to help them with their games. I am not sure why they asked me, but I am glad they did. It sparked a passion in me I didn't know I had. Very soon after I got my USBC Level I and II certifications, and then followed up by getting my USBC Bronze and Silver Training. My two incredible mentors, Fred Borden and Jeri Edwards, gave me coaching opportunities that literally started a whole new life for me. That inspired me to start the USBC Gold coaching process, and in June of 2005 I achieved that major goal of mine.

After coaching with Jeri on Junior Team USA for two years, I went on to be the Head Coach of Ukraine for seven years. This was an incredible experience with fantastic people. During that time, I did a lot of international coaching and made friends and colleagues I will have for life. Staying stateside more now, I coach full-time giving private lessons and doing clinics. I am also an instructor for USBC and teach the Bronze and Silver Training classes. One of my biggest joys in coaching is in helping to develop more coaches. Our sport needs more high quality coaching, and I am glad I can play a small part in that. Another major goal of mine that was reached a few years ago was in writing a book unlike any other in our sport. I couldn't have done it without my friend and coauthor, James Freeman. The title is "Bowling Beyond the Basics", and it is an eye-opener about what really happens on the lanes in our sport and what is myth. I would encourage any bowler or coach to read it as it will change some of the ways you bowl and coach, as it did with both James and me. The information is based on science and math and not our opinions. Our findings forever changed how I coach my students.

I tell everyone I never work a day in my life because of how much I love what I do. I am very fortunate and lucky to be able to coach for a living, and what I enjoy the most is when I can make a positive difference in someone's life, whether it be on the lanes or of. Coaches in every sport have that opportunity, and quite frankly a responsibility, and I take those roles very seriously. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing your students have a breakthrough and accomplish something they didn't know they could do. I can't think of a better career than coaching. If anyone wants to learn more about my coaching, please visit my website. I can be reached through the Contact page of my website. Thank you for reading!


  • USBC Level I
  • USBC Level II
  • USBC Bronze
  • USBC Silver
  • USBC Gold
  • Bowlers Journal International 100 Top Coaches - 2005-present
  • Coach of first Eastern European bowler to ever make TV finals of World Cup - Misha Kalika, South Africa 2011
  • Coach of 2017 US Open Champion, Rhino Page