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by Kerm Helmer
Collegiate Fever


Kerm Helmer
September 29, 2001

by Kerm Helmer

CBUSA – Cupboard Goes Bare

Over the past 15-20 years, anxiety has had a habit of showing up during the summer months. Usually the anxiety attacks were brought about by financial difficulties. The summer of 2001 will be remembered as the summer when the “ cupboard went bare, not in a financial sense but in terms of staff. Both Diane Olson, Director of Collegiate Bowling and Cheryl Stoesser, Director of the CBUSA Championships left the building. Fortunately, Chris Stoehr remained at the office and kept the hinges from completely falling off the cupboard.

Diane resigned her position the week following the last collegiate event of the 200-2001 season the ACUI Individual Championships held the second weekend in May. Diane did not resign her position because she had a better job offer, she did not resign because she didn’t like her job and she absolutely did not resign because her superiors were unhappy with her performance. Diane resigned because a few individuals with very personal agendas made her job miserable. Whenever Diane didn’t address their very specific agenda items or said“no”, these individuals would call her superiors and complain. When they received the same response they would go to anyone who would agree and get them to call. In short, they acted like “a spoiled kid” who could scream like no other. Over time Diane finally had enough and left a job she loved; a job she performed very, very well. Who loses - Diane and CBUSA. Who wins – no one. Those few that think they did, they didn’t. They just aren’t smart enough to realize it.

Cheryl was a casualty of financial belt tightening. Bowling Inc. made a decision to bring fiscal responsibility in line by eliminating selected areas and unfortunately Cheryl’s position hit the charts. Cheryl’s position within the event management area allocated 50% of her time to assume the task of CBUSA Championships Director, the remaining time was allocated for working on other events. With three years of working the championships Cheryl was rounding into shape and getting close to earning her wings and flying solo in running the championships.

So what’s ahead? Roseanne Kuhn, Executive Director of WIBC and Roger Dalkin, Executive Director of ABC wasted no time in “filling the cupboard”. Brian Graham, a past player for Vincennes University and Nebraska, plus working for Columbia Industries was hired to assume the position of CBUSA Director. Dave Bieber, an employee of headquarters in tournament management was transferred from other duties to become the CBUSA National Championship’s Director.

My gut feeling? If Roger Dalkin believed they were the right choices, then they were right. Roger, with all his responsibilities has always and will always make sure collegiate bowling has the right people to do the right job. Also, Chris Stoehr, “the rock” of collegiate bowling for over 20 years is still on the job and will provide Brian and Dave the guidance they need to get the job done.

If there is any concern on the horizon it is this, “the spoiled kids” will continue their antics. They won’t accept “no” from Brian or Dave and will copy everybody in the world of their problems. The “spoiled kids” will continue to wear “visors” that only let them see what is good for them and not in the best interest of collegiate bowling.

My bet, Brian and Dave will learn from the fate of Diane and get the best “flak jacket” they can and move CBUSA forward for the masses and not the few


This article originally appeared in Spares & Strikes, a bowling newspaper serving the Greater Buffalo/  Western New York Area. It is reprinted here with the permission of the author.