Mike Sheddan became the second coach in the program’s 7-year history, as he was named the Rhea County High School Golden Eagle bowling coach on Friday, July 17.
Sheddan takes the place of Steven Williams, who built the program from scratch, with 2013 being the first year of a very successful 7-year run for the Eagle bowlers and Williams. Williams had multiple individual state tournament qualifiers, as well as a few team state qualifiers during his tenure. Williams and the Eagle bowlers were three wins shy of 200 total wins, including the boys and girls’ teams.
Sheddan, who recently picked up the game of bowling in the last couple of years, became a quick study and a huge fan of the sport. He recently rolled a personal best score of 289, nearing 300, which is a perfect game. He acknowledges the successes of Williams and his teams and hopes to maintain the momentum of the Eagle bowlers.
“I’m excited about being a part of the Eagle bowling program and looking forward to taking over the successful program that coach Williams has built,” said Sheddan about the opportunity. “He had a good program going, so it’s nice to take that over, and I hope we can keep it going.”
Sheddan is the Special Education Coordinator at Rhea Central Elementary. Sheddan’s most previous coaching position was assistant coach last season for the Rhea Middle tennis team, under the direction of head coach Andrea Watson.
Sheddan stated he would be at the Crystal Lanes Bowling Center on Wednesday, July 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. for a meet and greet for potential bowlers and returning team members for the upcoming school year and season. He added it was not an official practice and is not mandatory, but just an opportunity to meet everyone.
“I’m pretty pumped about it and I think it’s going to be fun,” said Sheddan. “I think I’m going to enjoy it and hopefully, I’ll do a good job. We’ll find out. I want to keep the team competitive. They definitely were last year, so I’d like to keep that momentum going.”