Tennessee Wesleyan thinks it’s rolled a perfect game with its new bowling coach hire.
TWU announced on Thursday the promotion of assistant coach Aaron White to head coach of the men’s and women’s bowling teams. He replaces John Ferguson.
“He comes with a lot of experience and has helped us out the last couple of years as an assistant,” TWU Athletic Director Donny Mayfield said. “He has been a great asset to Coach Ferguson and the bowling teams. We thought the best course of action was to promote him to the top spot.”
The Cleveland native brings more than 34 years of bowling experience to Tennessee Wesleyan. White, 51, is a two-time Professional Bowling Association (PBA) Regional Tournament Champion, a two-time Southern Match Game Tournament Champion, a two-time Tennessee State Bowling Champion (Scratch All-Events), a five-time Tennessee State Bowling Team Champion (Scratch/Handicap), winning the most recent one in 2019. White has won multiple Scratch Bowling Tournaments, has over 60 perfect 300 bowling games with nine coming during play in the PBA and 20-plus 800 bowling series with a high bowling series score of 858. White has been named the Male Bowler of the Year by the Cleveland, Tennessee Bowling Association twice.
White has been a TWU assistant for the last two years. Along with his time as an assistant coach for TWU, White has also served as an assistant coach for the Bradley Central High School Boy’s & Girl’s Bowling Team and has coached privately for over 20 years.
“I’m excited about it,” White said. “I’ve been here for a couple of years and I know the kids, we’ve got good kids. I’m looking forward to it.”
White is certainly familiar with one of his players as one of his daughters, Aleah White, is on the team.
“It’s been difficult, daughters never want to listen to their dads,” White joked. “Actually she’s doing really well. She has beaten me a couple of times, but she had to bowl 250 to do it so I gave her a good run.”
The men’s bowling team placed third in the Mid-South Conference and reached the Sectionals, but those were canceled due to COVID-19.
“The boys have a lot of potential and we hope to get back to the sectionals again this year,” White said. “We are looking for some more girls to bowl. We have a good nucleus, but we need more girls to get to where we want to go.”
Assuming athletics are reopened by then, the bowling season is set to start on Oct. 2 in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
White has also worked as the Bowling Center/Pro Shop Owner at Village Lanes, as part of the Ebonite Bowling Pro Staff and Storm Bowling Pro Staff, as general manager of the Galaxy Bowling Center and Holiday Bowl Hixson and currently serves as pro shop manager and head pro at Leisure Time Bowling and a Brunswick Bowling Pro Regional Staff Member and works with Crooms & Co. Signs.
The Cleveland State Community College graduate and PBA School attendee was a member of the PBA from 1989-2000 and is currently a member of the PBA 50.