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Bowling Accomplishments

Bill SpignerTake lessons from USBC Gold Level Coach Bill Spigner, who has the knowledge to help you get the most from your bowling game.  Bill has been a PBA member since 1973 and was a Touring Pro from 1974-1985 winning 3 National and 9 Regional PBA Titles.  He has bowled 38–300 games, 3 Sport 300 games; 18–299 games, 1 Sport 299 game; and 6–800 series (825 high) in 23 different bowling centers and is a member of 7 bowling Halls-of-Fame including the USBC Hall of Fame. For more information on Bill's bowling career CLICK HERE. CLICK HERE to visit Bill's Photo/Video Gallery.

Coaching, Writing, Pro Shop

One of the first 20 USBC Gold Level Coaches, Bill has been a Bowlers Journal magazine's “Top 100 Coach” since the list's inception in 2006.  Bill has been teaching professionally since 1980 including being a Head Teaching Pro for Professional Bowling Camps from 1980-1990; Teaching Pro at Bowling This Month's Super School in 1997; USA Bowling Coach since 2011, Coaching Specialist for the International Art of Bowling from 2014-2017, and Team USA Assistant Coach since 2017.  Bill wrote a weekly instructional article – “Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner” – for the Chicago Bowler from 1985-1990; “Bill Spigner's Bowling Clinic” instructional articles for Bowling Digest magazine for 22 years from 1983-2004; and in 2008 began writing “The Pro Approach” for Bowlers Journal magazine.  To read Bill's The Pro Approach" articles from Bowler's Journal, CLICK HERE.   To read Bill's "Bill Spigner's Bowling Clinic" articles from Bowling Digest, CLICK HERE.

Bill is a member of the Storm and Turbo Grips Regional Staff and has worked with many notable touring professional bowlers including 18-time LPBT & PWBA Champion & USBC Hall of Famer Kim Adler; PBA Hall-of-Famer's Mark Williams, Johnny Petraglia and Dave Soutar; 10-time PBA Champion Steve Neff; PBA Champion Dennis Lane; bowling legend Carmen Salvino; PBA Champion, Chris Loschetter; and PBA Champion, Jon Van Hees.  Since 2003 Bill has also been a coach of the Vernon Hills High School Boy's Bowling Team and in the IHSA State Tournament they finished 2nd in 2012, 2nd in 2011 and 3rd in 2006.  Bill also helped coach the Indiana University Boy's Bowling Team when his older son Robby was a student there and the University of Illinois Boy's Bowling Team when his youngest son Jimmy was a student there. In 2017 Bill was named an Assistant Coach of Team USA where he and the other assistant coaches – Mark Baker, Carolyn-Dorin Ballard, Andy Diercks, Kelly Kulick, Mike Shady and Del Warren will work with Team USA Head Coaches Rod Ross and Bryan O'Keefe in working with the Team USA athletes at training camps and in international competitions.

In addition to his teaching credentials Bill is highly regarded for his ball fitting and drilling, grip analysis, and equipment recommendation abilities which started in 1985 when he opened Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner Pro Shop inside Strike 'N Spare Lanes in Northbrook, IL.  In 1989 Bill built Hawthorn Lanes in Vernon Hills, IL and he moved his pro shop inside it.  Bill owned and operated Bill Spigner's Pro's Corner Pro Shop inside Hawthorn Lanes from 1989 until 2003 when he sold it to long-time employee Brian Chilcutt.

Hawthorn Lanes

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From 1989-2008 Bill was also the General Manger and Proprietor of Hawthorn Lanes and was instrumental in bringing professional bowling back to the Chicagoland area as Hawthorn Lanes was the host to 21 PBA Tournaments including 7 National PBA Tournaments and 14 Regional PBA Tournaments.  The reputation of the lane conditioning programs that Bill designed made Hawthorn Lanes THE place to bowl if you were a competitive youth or adult bowler.  With Bill's guidance the Hawthorn Majors, Hawthorn Classic, and Hawthorn Sport leagues grew to be some of the largest competitive leagues in the country and Hawthorn Lanes was one of the first bowling centers in the USA to offer both youth and adult Sport Leagues.  Youth bowlers coming out of the Hawthorn Lanes youth program have won numerous local, state, and national Stars of Tomorrow Awards, and many have gone on to have success on the PBA Regional and National Tours.  In 2008, Bill sold Hawthorn Lanes to Brunswick Corporation and it's now known as Brunswick Zone Hawthorn.

Private Lessons

Bill utilizes video taping and form analysis software in all of his lessons, and his instruction is tailored to the bowler's level of expertise, whether they are a beginner or a very advanced player.  Bill gives his lessons at Brunswick Zone Hawthorn, 316 Center Drive, Vernon Hills, IL by appointment only, but arrangements can be made if you are interested in having Bill come to your home bowling center for instructions whether it's for lessons for a group of people, private party, or corporate event.  CLICK HERE to goto Bill's Lesson Page for more private lesson information.

Monday Tune-Up

A popular lesson option is Bill's Monday Tune-Up.  Held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30-7:30pm, the Monday Tune-Up is limited to 6 people and pre-registration is required.  As with his private lessons, the Monday Tune-Up is tailored to each attendee's level of expertise.  CLICK HERE to goto Bill's Lesson Page for more Monday Tune-Up information.

Remote Video Lessons

Another of Bill's lesson options are remote video lessons in which you e-mail Bill 4 videos and he will e-mail you back a complete voice-over video analysis in slow motion and stop action with a model to compare yourself to including drills and instructions on how to practice your changes. After practicing Bill's suggestions you'll send Bill another 4 follow-up videos for him to analyze your progress.  CLICK HERE to goto Bill's Lesson Page for more remote video lesson information.

Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo

From July 8-11th the 8th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo will be held at Cityview Lanes, Fort Worth, Texas. The three day event will feature two full days of on-lane instruction and many of the top collegiate coaches will be there scouting. Here is your chance to get noticed and hopefully recruited! Limited to 210 bowlers high school grade level 10-12 for 2018-19 or 2018 graduated seniors. A minimum entering average of 190+ for boys and 175+ for girls is suggested for best recruiting consideration. Sign-up by January 31st to get the early bird pricing of $369; it increases to $399 after that. Price is for both student and parent programs and includes a custom jersey by Logo Infusion for the student. For more information CLICK HERE to go to the Turbo Tech page where you can view and download the 8th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo brochure and registration form.


Vernon Hills High School Coaching

Since 2003 Bill has been the coach of the Vernon Hills High School Boy's Bowling Team with the team finishing in 2nd place in 2011 and 2012 and 3rd place in 2006 in the IHSA State Bowling Tournament.

Lesson Where, When, How

For more information on private lessons, Monday Tune-Ups, remote video lessons, and rates CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Lesson Page. To contact Bill for private lessons, Monday Tune-Ups, remote video lessons, questions, purchasing gift certificates or to schedule a speaking engagement, CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Contact Bill page to send him an e-mail or call or text Bill at 1-847-828-1712. To purchase bowling instruction for yourself or as a gift, CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Pay Online page.