The Catholic League announced that Head Bowling Coach, Bob Stempien will be named to the CHSL Hall of Fame on June 13th, 2016 at Fern Hill Country Club. The induction and presentation banquet will take place at 6:30pm and the banquet is at 7:30pm.
Coach Stempien has had great success in the sport of bowling.
Bob Stempien is a member of both the Greater Detroit Bowling Hall of Fame and the Michigan Majors Hall of Fame and had a brief stint on the Pro Bowlers Association tour.
He has bowled 19 sanctioned 300 games and three 800 series, including a personal best of 815 in 1983. He earned two first-team All-City selections and one second-team nod.
He won seven Michigan Majors titles between 1985 and 1988 – setting a record with four titles in a single year, 1985, the season he was named Bowler of the Year.
He won the Detroit Masters in 1983, team titles in 1983 and 1986 and the all-events title in 1986.
Stempien, who grew up in Virginia, didn’t start bowling competitively until his 30s.
“I met a guy who was a good teacher and taught me a few things,” said Stempien, who lives in Wyandotte and has worked 35 years for AT&T.
Since coming to Gabriel Richard it didn’t take long for the coach to have an immdeiate impact. He helped guide his team to a CHSL Championship in 2012. In 2013, Coach Stempien guided the boys team to a CHSL Championship, Regional Championship and a State Championship, the schools fourth title in the 50 year history. In 2014, the Pioneers fell in the State Finals, however, not after Stempien helped guide them to CHSL Sectional Champs. Most recently he coached one of his players (Austin Kreamer) to a top 3 finish at the State Finals.
“You will not find a better man or coach than Bob Stempien.” Athletic Director, Kris Daiek said. “There is nothing more important to him working with kids. He has made an impact on the local level, state level and with hundreds of kids he has coached.”