The men's team has a projected squad of 21 members, while the women's program has 13 projected student-athletes on its roster.
The top five recruits from Coach Bennett's Statesmen program own scoring averages over 215, while the top five female bowlers hold averages over 200.
"The men's team has come together very well for us, especially over the last month," Bennett said. "We have been able to pick up three bowlers that individually average over 220."
"Although these bowlers will experience different oil patterns than they are used to and initially will see a slight drop in pin count, I believe that we are talented enough to adjust to this and will quickly see those averages rise," Bennett added.
According to Bennett, the women will also be very competitive.
"I think this is a good start for a brand new women's program and these bowlers should allow us to compete very well in our first season of competition," Bennett said.
Bennett has scheduled ten tournaments for the programs' first campaign with the first competition on October 3-4 at the Hammer Midwest Collegiate Tournament in Wauwatosa, Wis. The teams will travel together and with a strong cumulative season, they could earn a spot at the regional and national events in late March and early April.
Both teams will compete within the United States Bowling Congress (USBC). The USBC is the largest collegiate bowling organization and features schools from the NCAA, NAIA, and NJCAA divisions.Projected members of the 2009-2010 men's bowling teamCory Andrews
from Coralville, Iowa (Iowa City HS)Devon Axtell
from Oskaloosa, Iowa (Oskaloosa HS)Randy Bellman, Jr.
from Rio Rancho, N.M. (Rio Rancho HS)Brandon Brooks
from Sigourney, Iowa (Sigourney HS/Vincennes University)Tyler Buckner
from Fontanelle, Iowa (Nodaway Valley HS)Randy Burchell
from Eagle River, Alaska (Eagle River HS)Aaron Foubert
from What Cheer, Iowa (Tri-County HS)Kyle Hammann
from Knoxville, Iowa (Knoxville HS)Nate Johnson
from Oskaloosa, Iowa (Oskaloosa HS)
from Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS)Jarrod Lindner
from Agency, Iowa (Cardinal HS)Jefferson Megown
from Marion, Iowa (Washington HS)James Miller
from Oswego, Ill. (Oswego HS/Vincennes University)Jacob Pauly
from Bellevue, Neb. (Bellevue East HS)Jeffrey Puccio
from Farley, Iowa (Western Dubuque HS)Sean Rangel
from Omaha, Neb. (Bellevue East HS)Jason Schmidt
from Harlan, Iowa (Harlan HS)Emery Songer
from Ottumwa, Iowa (Ottumwa HS)Jared Turner
from Knoxville, Iowa (Knoxville HS)Damon Watts
from Davenport, Iowa (Davenport Central HS)Andrew Zaug
from Waverly, Iowa (Waverly-Shell Rock HS)Projected members of the 2009-2010 women's bowling teamBritney Cherry
from South Beloit, Ill. (Plain Field HS)Jordan Duver
from Indianola, Iowa (Indianola HS)Leah Ann Early
from Cedar Rapids, Iowa (Cedar Rapids Jefferson HS)Amanda Edenholm
from Marysville, Wash. (Marysville HS)Michelle Fest
from Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton HS)Morgan Fest
from Salt Lake City, Utah (Brighton HS)Anna Groat
from Council Bluffs, Iowa (Thomas Jefferson HS)
from Hardin, Mont. (Hardin HS)Samantha Powell
from Herriman, Utah (Bingham HS)Sara Randles
from Las Vegas, Nev. (Shadow Ridge HS)
from Oskaloosa, Iowa (Derby HS)Breanne Underwood
from Treynor, Iowa (Treynor HS)Abigale Wmpenn
from Titonka, Iowa (North Iowa HS)