About Us/Coaching/Staff

To say that I'm excited to be able to give back to the sport that I love is an understatement....

BowlerX.com started about 12 years ago when I purchased a milling machine from Ernie at Precision Bowling Products and had it set up in my basement. I remember saying to myself and my wife (girlfriend at the time) "I want to learn how to drill bowling balls; how do I know what I'm using now is best for me and my game? I want to know how different layouts and drilling angles affect ball motion. How pitches can help me release the ball more effectively and consistently, etc." I gathered information from every source I could find and I studied it. I applied it on my own equipment and soon for some of my closest bowling friends (thanks for trusting me back then). In those early years we named the shop Precision Drilling.

Shortly after the drilling business (more of an extreme hobby at the time) began I dabbled in offering products online. I set up a website for the business and changed the name of the shop. I always liked the mysterious "Racer X" of the cartoon Speed Racer and thought, that's a cool premise... "Mysterious Bowler X". My wife Krista Leibenguth Sandt worked up some sketches of an early logo and we launched Bowler X Pro Shop. The site was very clunky (in my opinion) as I attempted to promote our local drilling service as well as having a "shopping" section where web surfers could actually purchase equipment from us and pay online. As the drilling business grew, the website was put on hold.

After drilling in my basement for a couple of years, I was offered my first location in a bowling alley, thanks to Bill Reece. Our first shop was insideSlatington Bowling Center & Lounge and we were there for two seasons before an opportunity was presented to open a shop at Town and Country Lanes in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. For a while we operated both shops, but quickly decided to move everything to the Bethlehem location where we still operate today. The shop isn’t as large as we (and probably some of our customers) would like it to be, but we make the most of the space and as of two years ago, we have two milling machines operating at all times. For a brief stint, we operated a second shop at Parkway Lanes in Allentown, Pennsylvania, but I felt like having our staff split between the two locations was a hindrance to our overall quality of services and that we better served our customers by working out of one location as one cohesive unit.

Around the time that we moved into the Bethlehem location, I re-dedicated myself to building the e-commerce site. Creating the entire site on my own was a massive undertaking. Months and months of staying at the shop after hours and weekends spent with my face buried in the computer screen. It’s probably no coincidence that my eyesight deteriorated so quickly around this time. To this day most of my waking hours are spent in front of a computer screen staying on top of what is happening in the industry and with our customers. Technology never slows down and so neither can we. Our “new” website, which has been in the works for well over three years should be ready to launch sometime this spring. It’s been a painstaking and costly project, but a necessary one (I keep telling myself) to keep up with the ever changing internet environment.

That brings me to the “we” that I refer to. That “we” is my employees and staff. I have been blessed to have some of the hardest working, conscientious and trustworthy people to lean on. There is NO way that we could have come this far without the efforts of these individuals. From my wife, Krista who took over the customer service aspect of the business years back when I could no longer handle, nor desired to handle it, on my own . Even though it may be the most stressful aspect of the business, she handles it with grace and in my opinion is the best in the biz; to the guys in the shop who keep the mills, spinner and bevel sanders running. Drilling, measuring, sanding, plugging and doing whatever it takes to keep our customers satisfied, while I now attend to growing, marketing and strategizing the business. Some are still with us and some are not, but they have all contributed to our growth. I am truly so thankful for all of them.

What the future may bring is really unknown. When I started 12 years ago I never even saw this point ahead of me. There really was no “goal” other than to work hard, keep moving forward, never be satisfied with where you are and never stand still. The road in the rear-view mirror is hazy. Many times my wife or friends remind me of some of the milestones that were achieved and we reflect on things that we’ve experienced. I love being reminded of them, but even more, I love thinking about the future, even though I don’t know what it is. All I know is that we will keep moving forward, doing what it takes to satisfy our customers and supporting the sport we love. Bowling.

Everything to this point culminates with our partnership this past season with the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and Professional Women's Bowling Association - PWBA. To be able to give back to this sport and the people who grew up wanting to be a professional bowler and those who have that dream today. The PBA and PWBA represent the pinnacle of our sport, the tip of the pyramid. The programs that support these organizations are just as important and for years we have been giving back to as many of these as we can. A few of these include the Pennsylvania Junior Bowlers Tour, Danny Wiseman Youth Scholarship Tournament, Illinois State Masters & Queens Tournaments, New York State USBC,Alaska State USBC Bowling AssociationUSBC- Open Championships, local tournaments/junior programs and countless other organizations. We also have grown our TeamX staff over the last 8 years to over 160 of the finest bowlers across the United States and beyond. To be able to help these people and organizations in some way is extremely rewarding and I thank them for supporting us in return.

This Sunday, the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship Tournament on ESPN will be presented by BowlerX.com. Two of the finest bowlers who ever lived will be in attendance. Two bowlers who I grew up watching on ABC, week in and week out on Saturday afternoons right after I got home from junior bowling at Bar-Don Lanes LLC. To be honest, when I really think about it, it seems almost surreal… Bowling has brought me so much, my wife, my friends, my livelihood.. I love this sport.

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BowlerX Coaching

Our coaches are USBC certified with over 20 years of experience. We provide instruction to adult and junior bowlers of all ages and abilities. Whether your average is 90 or 220 we can help you take your game to the next level.

 
                      
Krista Sandt & Brent Tishuk 
   
USBC Silver Level Coach         USBC Bronze Level Coach
23 Years Experience                5 Years Experience
Rate: $50/hr
 

All lessons include diagnostic evaluation with take-home notes, and lane rental. Video analysis also available.
To request a lesson, please email the following information to krisandt@bowlerx.com

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We are looking for bowlers who are passionate about the sport of bowling and who would be interested in becoming an active member of our current staff.

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