ALTON — Marquette Catholic High School has hired Mark Jones to be the first coach of the new boys' and girls' bowling teams.
“We conducted our normal search process that produced several qualified candidates," Marquette director of athletics Jack Holmes said. "We were very impressed with coach Jones’ experience and knowledge of the game and his plan to teach and coach the many skills needed to help our team members become successful."
Jones, an outstanding bowler, has had multiple 300 games and several 800 series. He competed on the pro tour for three years.
The boys’ season starts Oct. 24 and concludes with the state finals on Jan. 27-28. The girls’ season starts Nov. 14 and concludes with the state finals on Feb. 17-18. All home matches will be held at Bowl Haven in Alton.
Jones will conduct a Marquette bowling camp from July 5-9. The camp is open to anyone wanting to attend. Students in grades 6-8 for the 2016-17 school year will bowl from 9 a.m. until noon and high schoolers will bowl from 1-4 pm.
Bowlers can register online by going to marquettecatholic.org/summercamps.
Marquette has also hired current FC Adrenaline dance coach Danielle Lusicic to lead the Explorers' dance program, effective immediately.
Lusicic is a Special Education Paraprofessional at Edwardsville High School and a Marquette grad.
“Ms. Lusicic danced on the Marquette dance team when she was a student here. She was selected among several qualified candidates and can’t wait to get started here now as the coach. She is a life-long dancer who brings a great deal of passion and professionalism to this position” Holmes said.