Rick Steelsmith Bio

Rick was the 1987 Bud Light Masters Champion - the first "true amateur" to ever win this event. He competed in the 1987 FIQ World Tournament in Helsinki, Finland, where he shot the first-ever 300 and 299 games in the history of the FIQ. Rick was a member of the 1987 National Collegiate Championship team and was chosen MVP and was named First-Team All-American all four years of his collegiate career. He was the 1987 Collegiate, Amateur, and World Bowling Writer's "Bowler of the Year."

Rick was also the Team All-Events champion and the Individual All-Events winner at the 1988 ABC National Tournament. After receiving his degree in Business Administration in December 1987, Rick joined the ranks of the Professional Bowlers' Association and was voted 1988 PBA "Rookie of the Year" by his peers. In 1991, Steelsmith won his first PBA National title, teaming with Hall of Famer Teata Semiz to win the Senior/Touring Pro Doubles event in New York. Steelsmith captured his first PBA singles title during the 1997 Winter Tour, winning one of the PBA “Triple Crown” events - the PBA National Championship in Toledo. 

Rick, now retired from the national PBA Tour, was a multi-time “exempt field” qualifier for the PBA’s all-exempt sixty-four player national field. Rick's strength as an Associate Coach is his familiarity with the WSU program, collegiate bowling in general, understanding of the academic side of the collegiate bowling experience and his overall knowledge of the sport. Rick enjoys working on the mental aspects of bowling and feels that the greatest potential for improvement lies in the understanding, development and successful implementation of mental techniques.