St. Croix Lutheran Bowling Coach Named Coach of the Year

submitted photo Dan Swiderski

St. Croix Lutheran Academy head bowling coach Dan Swiderski was named the Coach of the Year for 2017-18 from the St. Paul United States Bowling Congress Association (USBC) on Oct. 27.

 Swiderski began SCL’s bowling program in 2007, building it from a one team 11-member varsity to today’s varsity plus five JV teams and a spring girls team — one of SCL’s biggest athletic programs next to the football team. 

 In addition to coaching, Swiderski has served as the president and coach of the Concord Junior League program, currently leads the WELS Junior Baker League of metro fourth- through eighth-graders, and runs a summer bowling camp with more than 35 participants for SCL.

 “I love to coach, it’s in my blood, and I love the feeling of family that I have with the team,” said Swiderski. He coached his three sons, Tyler, Kyle, and Ryan at SCL, and Kyle and Ryan both graduated with all-conference bowling awards and signed to play with Waldorf University.

 Swiderski’s winning record includes a state appearance by the girls team in 2013, the Southern Fall Consolation championship in 2014, Conference Runner-Up in 2016, third place at the Southern Fall Championship and the Northern Fall championship in 2017, and the Southern Fall Consolation championship in 2018. 

 He led the Crusaders to the state tournament, where they placed third, after they clinched the South Metro Conference title for the first time in school history. “We came close in 2016,” said Swiderski, “2017 was exceptional, and I was pleased to experience it with my son Ryan.” 

 This year’s varsity is first-place in conference and on track for a repeat. “Our team ranks 12th in state, includes three of the top 12 bowlers in conference, and a top 10 state bowler,” he smiles. “I’m so thankful to God and the many individuals that work with me. Holding the title ‘coach’ is the next best thing to husband and father.”

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