Ron Long - Head Coach - e-mail Coach Long
I have coached 40 plus 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 16 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. Craig Frankel has joined us again this year to give his expertise on bowling to our athletes. We are very lucky to have such dedicated coaches in this program.
I have a wonderful and caring wife Elvie and three fantastic children. My daughter Anna is 27 years old and currently engaged ,my son Jonathan is 23 years old and my other daughter Joelle is 18 years old. As a coach, I am blessed and hope that this program will continue to achieve great things for the school now and 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 40 years, is one of only 25 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 6th year coaching at Vernon Hills HS and in the district. This is also my 6th 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 50 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 son Jared, was a swimmer. My number 2 son, Alec, was on the VHHS bowling team from 2012-2016 and was on the last team to make it down to state. I want each bowler to enjoy bowling and to enjoy winning.
Craig Frankel - Volunteer Coach - e-mail Coach Frankel
Craig is excited for his 2nd season with the VHHS Boys Bowling program. Prior to joining the VHHS family, he spent 4 years at Glenbrook North High School where (as a volunteer) he helped lead their program to two state final appearances.
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 (while their 2 boys adjust to college and post college life).