April 11, 2023
By Matt Cannizzaro
ARLINGTON, Texas – Teri Haugh of Medford, Minnesota, has dedicated herself to helping grow and elevate the sport of bowling in her home state.She’ll now have the opportunity to showcase her experience, skills, passion and ideas globally as the new executive director of the International Bowling Pro Shop & Instructors Association.
“I think this is the perfect next step in my life and an opportunity to use things I’ve done and learned to bring the organization to the next level,” Haugh said. “I really appreciate the ‘unicorns’ who came before me – guys like Del Warren, Mo Pinel, Ron Hoppe – for all they’ve done for our industry. I want to take what they’ve laid out and continue to build on it.”
In recent years, the 59-year-old Haugh has served as a group sales and event coordinator for Sparetime Entertainment in Owatonna, Minnesota, and successfully facilitated events for the United States Bowling Academy Flight Series, which allows bowlers of all ages and skill levels to compete across Minnesota for scholarships and prize money.
The Flight Series is an extension of Haugh’s USBA, a non-profit she founded in 2011 to help teach bowling, train coaches and work with partners to create relevant materials for learning and coaching bowling.
Among her many successes has been preparing Minnesota’s youth bowlers for events, such as the Junior Gold Championships or United States Bowling Congress Team USA Trials, or simply helping prepare them to compete collegiately or at any post-youth level of their choosing.
The well-rounded Haugh is an IBPSIA member, USBC Silver coach, USBC Bronze trainer and a Dick Ritger Academy of Bowling Level 3 traveling staff instructor. She also has been a top-tier competitor for more than 30 years.
Off the lanes, Haugh has served as a board member for the Minnesota State USBC and has been a contract employee of the Bowling Proprietors Association of Minnesota.
Haugh began her tenure as IBPSIA’s Executive Director on April 1, replacing Steve Szabina of Edmond, Oklahoma, who recently stepped down.
Szabina started in the role in January 2021, bringing with him nearly 30 years of industry experience.
During Szabina’s time, he helped initiate some key appointments within the IBPSIA Board, made enhancements to the organization’s educational programs, established new health benefits for IBPSIA member shops and their employees, and helped grow IBPSIA’s social media following.
Haugh immediately recognized the wealth of talent and experience within the IBPSIA Board and membership and hopes to utilize her own skills to harness all of the strengths to continue growing the organization, its reach and its value.
“What people don’t understand is that it’s not so much what I do, but the teams I help put together,” Haugh said. “I call myself a ‘networking seamstress.’ My hope is that I can find the right people, ask the right questions, and put together the network we need to succeed. It will take some effort to bring people and ideas together for the greater good, and I hope I’m the one who can tie it all together.”
At the same time, she also has one eye on the future of the organization, and the sport as a whole, so she’ll focus on using the latest tools, platforms and trends to improve communication and share all of the great content and messaging IBPSIA has to offer.
Haugh will combine her personal experience and honed organizational, management and networking skills to create a balance that celebrates three decades of IBPSIA tradition and success, while appealing to the next generation of pro shop operators and coaches to keep them active and engaged.
Haugh will work alongside an IBPSIA Board of up to 15 members from varying areas and backgrounds. Together, along with managing the IBPSIA membership and benefits, they’ll be responsible for the organization’s many educational programs, pro shop resources, events, and relationships with industry partners.
She will maintain her residence in Minnesota and make regular trips to the International Bowling Campus in Arlington, Texas, where she’ll work closely with staff members from the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, USBC, IBC Youth Development, International Training and Research Center, Strike Ten Entertainment and a variety of industry publications.
For more information about IBPSIA, visit IBPSIA.com.
The International Bowling Pro Shop and Instructors Association is for pro shop operators, instructors and industry supporters, who value education and the benefit of standardization throughout the industry.