Ron Long - Head Coach - e-mail Coach Long
I have coached 40 years in District 128 in a multitude of sports including football, golf, hockey, track and field and refereed basketball as well. I have coached Boys Bowling for the past 15 years at VHHS. In that time, Bowling has been awarded (2) 2nd place State trophies and a 3rd place State trophy which was VHHS’s 1st state trophy ever. I have been very privileged to coach many great athletes and I am so thankful for the great support of the school’s administration and the parents involved in the bowling program.
I have three amazing coaches that work with me. First, Bill Spigner, Master coach and PBA professional. Bill and I started the program and much of the success is due to his great expertise and knowledge of the sport. Second, I have my assistant Bill Munro who helps at the junior varsity level and who is a credit to his profession. We have a new volunteer coach on the staff this year. His name is Craig Frankel and he has assisted at some rival schools in the past and now we get to use his expertise on our staff.
I have a wonderful and caring wife Elvie and three fantastic children. My daughter Anna is 26 years old ,my son Jonathan is 22 years old and my other daughter Joelle is 17 years old. As a coach, I am blessed and hope that this program will continue to achieve great things for the school in the future.
Bill Spigner - Assistant Coach - e-mail Coach Spigner
Although Bill has been coaching at VHHS since 2003, he is not new to the sport of bowling. He has been teaching and coaching for over 30 years, is one of only 16 United States Bowling Congress Gold Level certified coaches worldwide, Team USA Coach and is a National Instructor for USA Bowling Coaching. Bill is a 3-time National, 9-time Regional PBA Champion and is a member of 7 bowling Halls of Fame including the USBC Hall of Fame. He has been an instructional columnist for various bowling publications since 1983 and currently writes “The Pro Approach” for Bowlers Journal magazine. Bill and his wife Barb were the former proprietors of Hawthorn Lanes and reside in Vernon Hills. Both of their boys are accomplished bowlers—Robby, their oldest, has bowled tournaments all over the world and was named to Team USA in 2003; and Jimmy, their youngest, was the VHHS Team Captain and IHSA Boys’ Bowling State Qualifier in 2004 and 2005, the first two years VHHS had a Boys’ Bowling team.
Bill Munro - Volunteer Coach - e-mail Coach Munro
This is my 5th year coaching at Vernon Hills HS and in the district. This is also my 5th year coaching high school bowling. My previous high school coaching experience was as a boys golf coach at West Chicago HS. I have been bowling over 40 years, competitively for 19 of those. I have worked in the PE department at Vernon Hills for the last 3 years. I am a certified USBC coach. My education is in Physical Education and Psychology. While my first born Jared, was a swimmer. The second of my 2 sons, Alec, was on the VHHS bowling team from 2012-2016 and was on the last team to make it down to state. I hope each bowler learns not just how to bowl better but how to control his emotions during competition and to analyze his game to get better. Most of all, he needs to have fun.
Craig Frankel - Assistant Coach
Craig is very excited to be joining the VHHS Boys Bowling program. He comes to us from Glenbrook North High School where he volunteered his time for the last 4 years. While at GBN, he helped lead their program to two state final appearances. In addition to coaching bowling, Craig has also coached the golf team at Evanston High School.
Craig is a member of the Professional Bowlers Association and carries a Silver Level Coaching Certification from the United States Bowling Congress. On the lanes, Craig has been bowling for over 50 years with numerous honors and accolades at the local, national and international level. Craig and his wife currently live in Highland Park with their two sons (when they’re not away at college).