John York became the head coach of the first year women’s bowling program in fall 2016, and is now entering his fourth year at the helm of the program going into the 2019-20 season.
York joined the Wildcats after a successful stint at Cheyney University, turning the program into a contender. Last year, the Wolves finished with a program record 54 victories, going 54-50 overall and landed ninth in the final National Tenpin Coaches Association Division II/Division II National Poll.
Prior to leading Cheyney to garner national attention, York did more of the same for the New Jersey Institute of Technology men’s bowling club team as the head coach from 2009-2012. During his tenure, York led the team to the IBC Sectionals in the 2012 season and was named the Eastern Intercollegiate Bowling Conference (EIBC) Coach of the Year in the same season.
York has also been named on the list of Top 100 Coaches in Bowler's Journal International Magazine in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Before being involved at the collegiate level, York had been a personal coach mentoring student-athlete who have attained All-Conference, All-State, and All-American accolades. He helped mentor four student-athletes that went on to win the 2006 Women’s Collegiate NCAA National Championship with Fairleigh Dickenson University, including that year’s NCAA National Championship Tournament MVP.
Personally, York also has an extensive background as a bowler, finishing an individual's best 10th place at the 1990 ABC National Tournament in Reno, Nevada. He has won five New Jersey State bowling titles, 15 Monmouth County bowling titles, and two County Masters titles. He bowled a personal best 868 series in 1988, and has 17-300 games, including back-to-back 300 games.
York is a member of both the Monmouth County and New Jersey State Bowling Hall of Fame and is a USBC Silver Certified Coach.