Kelly Wright, Twin Oaks Bowling Center manager, gives Scott Gordon tips on getting his bowling ball down the lane. Wright coaches the Pee Wee bowling league Monday nights.

FORT SILL, Okla. -- She's accomplished so much since becoming manager of Twin Oaks Bowling Center 3 1/2 years ago and she's done every job in the bowling center, but her favorite part of the job is coaching the Pee Wee bowlers.

Kelly Wright, TOBC manager, started working on the Army Bowling Management Certification Program Level 1, a three-year stringent education on all aspects of running and managing a bowling center, almost as soon as she took the job.

Wright is now certified Level 1 to coach bowling, drill balls and run the Pro Shop, inspect the lanes, manage a military bowling facility and the equipment, manage the food and beverage services, and she has the culinary skills to cook for the restaurant in addition to knowing the fundamentals of team coaching.

"Part of becoming certified is adhering to specific financial standards and attending industry trade shows to stay current on bowling trends," she said. "I've learned so much in this training. The hardest part was learning to drill balls because it's very complicated and there are different layouts to make the balls do different things. There are also different cover stocks, which make the ball do different things. There are just so many variables to it but that also has become one of my favorite parts of my job."

According to Wright the best thing about her job is coaching the Pee Wee bowlers with her husband Chris on Monday nights. "The Pee Wee bowlers are so full of energy and they make it constant fun to coach."

"Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation is very proud of Kelly Wright's accomplishments. Her commitment and dedication to professionalism make her a more valuable manager and she continues to make Fort Sill a leader in Army bowling," said Michael Borden, chief of business operations for Family and MWR.

"She can take pride in having successfully completed a program designed to enhance professionalism; provide advanced opportunities for upward mobility within the Army Family and MWR and improve the programs and services offered to our Soldiers and their families."

Wright, who has managed other facilities within MWR, said she is very happy with where she is now and looks forward to continuing to learn and grow as manager of the bowling center.

Some of her accomplishments at the center include hosting the high school bowling program at the center and having a Professional Bowling Association Regional Tournament every year at the center.

"I love working here and with this education I can continue to improve the service to our patrons and employees. I have a much better understanding of the many aspects to managing a facility and programs of the bowling center," said Wright. "I really enjoy working with the children and coaching the Pee Wee bowlers with my husband every Monday night because we have a lot of fun and I can see the children blossom as bowlers and learn to love the game."

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