Arizona’s Tormanen selected as 2022 David Dahms Coach of the Year


ARLINGTON, TX – Diane “Di” Tormanen of Peoria, Arizona, has been named the 2022 David Dahms Coach of the Year by the International Bowling Campus Youth Committee.

The annual award is determined by the BAC Youth Committee based on submitted nominations.

The David Dahms Coach of the Year Award recognizes a coach trained under the United States Bowling Congress coaching program who has been actively involved in a USBC Youth program and has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the training, sportsmanship and knowledge of the USBC Youth rules. It is named in honor of Dahms, who was instrumental in creating what is now known as the USBC Junior Gold program.

“I’m extremely excited,” Tormanen said, laughing, describing her emotions when she heard the news. “Let’s see, if she (BAC Youth Committee President Chrissie Kent) had seen me, I would have jumped all over the place. Naturally, I cried.”

Tormanen began her bowling journey in the Cleveland area with her family and from a young age she took a liking to the sport. His father, Joe Breit, shone on the lanes and was inducted into the USBC Greater Cleveland Hall of Fame.

Eventually, Tormanen found his own calling at Glenfair Lanes in Glendale, Arizona.

As a single mother of three, Tormanen brought her daughter, Stephie, to bowl in a Special Olympics tournament, which was enjoyed by both. Tormanen asked the Junior Bowling Program Manager how she could get involved on a regular basis, as she loves kids and bowling.

She started working at Glenfair Lanes as a nursery attendant, before moving into a receptionist role. She also started her coaching career around this time. While working in the office, she began to observe bowlers with an analytical eye and talk about ways she could help players improve.

As she climbed the organizational ladder, she moved into management and eventually became the center’s chief executive.

After a full week of work, Tormanen was up early to bring Stephie, her daughter, Kim, and son, Chet, with her to the center to coach the bowlers in the youth program. In total, she spent 31 years coaching and working at Glenfair Lanes, until her retirement.

But how did she become one of the best coaches? The answer lies with the family.

“I have to get back to my daughter with special needs,” said Tormanen, a USBC Silver coach. “I always wanted to be a nurse, but when I got divorced I had three kids to raise on my own. So I started in the bowling alley playroom because they let me bring my daughter. I started watching and learning. I would work behind the desk and analyze bowlers.”

Tormanen’s love for his students was always evident, not only in their bowling abilities, but also in the way they dressed for bowling events and represented Glenfair Lanes while doing so. Her students’ success helped her win the Phoenix Junior Bowling Association’s Coach of the Year award in 1985 and the Greater Phoenix Bowling Association’s Coach of the Year award in 1992.

She doubled her efforts with Special Olympics by becoming an instructor for their coaching staff and specifically taught them how to coach bowling for children with disabilities.

In addition to her training, she has given back to the sport in other ways. She recently retired as director of the Metro Phoenix USBC association, served on the local youth committee, served as vice president of the local association, and was the first woman to serve as president of the local association. a local association after the American Bowling Congress and Women’s International Bowling Congress merged to form the USBC in 2005.

His work throughout the state of Arizona earned him an induction into the Metro Phoenix USBC Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

Even with all the accolades, Tormanen’s love for the sport and her students keeps her coming back. At 75, she still coaches junior and senior bowlers, now at Bowlero Glendale. She made her mark as a coach in Arizona, and now the rest of the bowling industry will celebrate her outstanding bowling service.

She still feels the same way she felt when she first started coaching, and until that feeling subsides, Tormanen will continue to help bowlers of all levels improve on and off the lanes.

“I hope to be another 10 years old,” Tormanen said. “But, damn it, that would be 85, and I’m not sure. You have to be able to walk around the bowling center and answer questions. But hopefully I’m still around a bit.

“It’s always this new bowler that comes in, which I had not too long ago. She was maybe 5 or 6 years old. When she first knocked down the pins, it was unbelievably exciting, and that’s why I love doing what I do.”

Tormanen will be recognized in April for her bowling service at the 2022 USBC convention, an event she has attended since she began coaching and working in the industry. Stephie and Kim will be on hand to see their mother honored at Orleans in Las Vegas.

This year’s awards ceremony, which includes a variety of awards for youth and adult bowlers, will take place during the morning session of the USBC Annual Meeting on April 28 at noon EST. . The awards show will be broadcast live on BowlTV.com.

Learn more about the Young Adult Leader Awards and Young Bowler Bursary opportunities at BOWL.com/ScholarshipsAwards.

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