Welcome to BillSpigner.com
Take 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.
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 Hall of Fame Staff 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 Rob was a student there and the University of Illinois Boy's Bowling Team when his youngest son Jim was a student there. In 2017 Bill was named an Assistant Coach of Team USA where he and the other assistant coaches – Mark Baker, 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.
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 became known as Brunswick Zone Hawthorn. In 2014, Bowlmor AMF bought Brunswick Corporation's 85 bowling centers and now is known as Bowlero Vernon Hills.
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 Lakeside Recreation Center, 900 S. Lake Street, Mundelein, IL 60060 and Arlington Lanes, 3435 N. Kennicott Avenue, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 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.
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A popular lesson option is Bill's Monday Tune-Up. Held on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at Lakeside Recreation Center, 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 go to Bill's Lesson Page for more Monday Tune-Up information.
Bill also does a Tuesday Tune-Up. Held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of the month from 6:30-7:30pm at Arlington Lanes, the Tuesday Tune-Up is limited to 6 people and pre-registration is required. As with his private lessons, the Tuesday Tune-Up is tailored to each attendee's level of expertise. CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Lesson Page for more Tuesday 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 go to Bill's Lesson Page for more remote video lesson information.
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.
Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo
From July 7-10th the 9th Annual Turbo Tech Collegiate Expo was held at Imperial Lanes, Clinton Township, Michigan. The three day event featured two full days of on-lane instruction with top coaches from around the country (Bill is one of the coachers) and coaches from over 35 colleges were present to answer questions and observe. 250 students from 30 states and 4 foreign countries attended. Programs were also available for parents and close to 400 participated. Registration for 2020 will be available at the end of January, 2020. CLICK HERE to go to the TurboTech Contact Page to request being added to the 2020 information list.
Lesson Where, When, How
For more information on private lessons, Monday or Tuesday Tune-Ups, remote video lessons, and rates CLICK HERE to go to Bill's Lesson Page. To contact Bill for private lessons, Monday or Tuesday 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.