Michelle Mullen

Michelle Mullen is a former coach for U.S. Team (Team USA) and one of 25 United States Bowling Congress (USBC) GOLD coaches in the world (among 4 women).  She has been coaching bowlers of all skill levels for nearly 30 years and is the co-owner of Your Bowling Coach with renowned professional bowler, Aleta Sill.  They also operate Aleta Sill’s Bowling World, a premier pro shop in Metro Detroit.

Mullen has competed and won championships at every level, including high school, collegiate and Professional Women’s Bowling Association (PWBA) regional and national bowling. She is a National Collegiate Women’s Champion and 2-time Academic All-AMERICAN.  Mullen has four PWBA national titles, including a major, and a record nine regional titles. She was also the 1990-1999 PWBA Regional Player of the Decade. In 1985 she represented the United States in the World Cup in Seoul, Korea.

An Academic All-American, Mullen is also an established international writer and author. Author of BOWLING FUNDAMENTALS, she has written 3 books, translated in 4 languages. Published in Bowling Magazine, Bowler’s Digest, Bowling This Month, Asian Bowling Digest and various other publications, you’ll now find Mullen’s bi-monthly column, “Foundation Frame” in Bowlers Journal International. She is a member of the International Bowling Media Association (IBMA).

Mullen enjoys working out, gardening and cooking, but her greatest passion is to help homeless animals in need. She and Sill formed a non-profit organization, running two huge fundraising events, called “Fur Ball” and “Bowl-4-Animal Rescue” with ALL proceeds benefiting local animal charities.  Mullen is from Chicago and lives in Livonia, Michigan, along with her 3 dogs and 4 cats, who insist that “rescued is her favorite breed”.  Mullen’s message:  “Don’t Shop, Adopt!”

Listen to Storm Collegiate Spotlight with Michelle Mullen: Dec 28, 2016

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Michelle’s Titles, Honors, & Awards

bowling gold coach

Coaching Career

  • USBC GOLD Coach (1 of 30 in the world/5 women) – since 1996
  • National TEAM USA Coach – 1994-1995
  • 10-time Bowler’s Journal Top 100 Coaches (since it’s inception)
  • Co-Proprietor Aleta Sill’s Bowling World Pro Shop – 2004
  • Co-founder Professional Bowling Instruction (PBI), Inc. – 1996
  • Co-owner Your Bowling Coach (YBC), Inc. – 2002
    Certified IPBI (Institute of Professional Bowling Instruction) Instructor since 1986
  • Provided Illinois State High School Coaches’ Clinic for 8 Years
Michelle Mullen Sam's Town Invitational Bowling Champion

Professional Bowling Career

Professional Women’s Bowling Association

  • 4 National PWBA titles,including 1 major*
  • 9 PWBA Midwest Regional Titles (record)
  • 1990-1999 PWBA Midwest Regional “Player of the Decade”
  • EBONITE Pro Advisory Staff – 1991-1997
  • 20 – “300” Games

*Michelle is the only bowler to win the Championship at every level:

  • Illinois High School State Champion
  • National Collegiate Women’s Champion
  • PWBA Regional Champion
  • PWBA National Champion
University of Illinois Academic All American

Collegiate Career

University of Illinois – Champaign/Urbana

  • Women’s National Collegiate Bowling Champion* – 1985
  • B.S. Degree in Kinesiology (Honors); Emphasis in Sport Psychology
  • Academic All-American
  • 3rd Place Team National Championship – 1984
  • Represented the U.S. in the World Cup in Seoul, Korea – 1985

International Author


  • Columnist in Bowlers Journal International (BJI)
  • BOWLING FUNDAMENTALS (2004) published in English, Russian & Chinese (Human Kinetics)
  • BOWLING FUNDAMENTALS, Second edition (2014) published in English & German (Human Kinetics)
  • mini eBook HOW TO PICK UP SPARES (online) – Human Kinetics
  • Bowlers Journal International bi-monthly column: “Foundation Frame”
  • Publications include: Bowling Magazine, Bowler’s Digest, Bowling This Month, Asian Bowling Digest, Windy City Bowling News, The Bowling News, Bowling World
  • International Bowling Media Association (IBMA) member

Check out Michelle in action

1998 PWBA Clabber Girl Greater Terre Haute Open

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