SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) - A Slidell bowling coach has received a national accolade.
Chris Floyd, Bowling coach at Salmen High School, was named the David Dahms Coach of the Year.
An active duty member of the U.S. Coast Guard, Floyd began his volunteer coaching with the youth program in Severna Park, Maryland, more than 10 years ago. He moved to Slidell in 2014, where he now is the youth director at Bowling USA.
According to the report, He was elected to the Northshore USBC board and as chair of the youth committee, has revitalized the youth city tournament. He also serves as president of the Southeast Louisiana Travel League, coordinating 100 youth bowlers who compete in eight different centers.
Floyd, who earned his USBC Silver coaching certification in 2016, started a bowling program at Salmen High School and has helped two other high schools launch bowling programs, according to the report.
"I never in my wildest dreams imagined being selected for this award," Floyd said in the issued release. "I only want to share my passion for bowling with as many youths as I can, so they may love this lifelong sport like I do and participate for many years to come. My goal is to grow the number of youth bowlers, so this sport will continue for many years to come, and this award will help bring awareness to youth in Louisiana and wherever the U.S. Coast Guard might transfer me to next. I am truly humbled to receive this award."
The David Dahms Coach of the Year Award recognizes a USBC-certified coach who has been actively involved in a USBC Youth program and has demonstrated outstanding commitment to coaching, sportsmanship and knowledge of USBC Youth rules. It is named in honor of Dahms, who was an instrumental leader in the creation of what is now known as the USBC Junior Gold program.