Mark Van Wyk is in his seventh season as head bowling coach.
Van Wyk, who came to William Penn as an assistant coach, has guided the Statesmen to national prominence. The men's team, which has reached sectionals six times, advanced to nationals for the first time in 2013 and placed fifth.
A four-time Midwest Collegiate Conference Men's Coach of the Year, Van Wyk led the men's squad to the inaugural league championship in 2011 and then again had WPU at the top in 2014. His players have earned 12 all-Midwest Collegiate Conference, four MCC Player of the Year, and eight All-America awards. He also helped Sean Rangel to an individual national runner-up finish in 2010.
Van Wyk is also currently the manager and pro shop owner of Mahaska Bowl and Recreation in Oskaloosa. In addition to the day-to-day operations of the center, he also organizations events, performs daily maintenance on the pinsetters, and formulates lane oil patterns. He is a certified ball driller and ball layout specialist and also offers on-lane coaching and video analysis.
A life-long bowler, he brings tremendous experience to the lanes with 89 300 games and 70 800 series. Van Wyk has also claimed three Iowa State Bowling Association State titles and is the state record-holder with a nine-game score of 2,384.
The youngest member of the Oskaloosa USBC Hall of Fame, Van Wyk has certificates in Kegel Lane Maintenance and from the Brunswick Pinsetter School.
Breanne Underwood is in her fourth season as assistant bowling coach.
A 2011 graduate of William Penn with a degree in Business Management, Underwood was a two-time all-Midwest Collegiate Conference performer in 2011 and 2012, including being named the MCC Player of the Year in 2012. She was also an NAIA Second-Team All-American as a junior.
A member of two conference title squads, she also led the Statesmen to the USBC Team Intercollegiate Championships in 2012. Underwood wrapped up her collegiate career by qualifying and placing fifth at the USBC Singles Intercollegiate Championships. William Penn reached USBC Sectionals three times with her on the varsity squad.
A four-time team captain, Underwood was MVP twice and also earned two Coaches awards. She was a strong scholar as well, receiving Academic All-America honors from the NAIA once and the NBCAA three times.
Underwood was a bowler since the age of three, and has posted three unsanctioned perfect games and a career-high sanctioned game of 299. In other sanctioned play, she has managed a pair of 290 games, 32 700 three-game series, and a career-high series of 767.
In high school, Underwood was a state finalist in 2006. She was also a gold medalist in the 2012 Iowa Games.
Underwood is currently active in the sport as Director at Large on the USBC YA State Board of Directors and as the Director of the Oskaloosa USBC Board of Directors. She coaches youth bowling as well.
She earned her Business Administration degree from Iowa Western Community College and received her Master’s of Business Leadership degree from William Penn in 2013. Underwood served as graduate assistant coach while earning her MBL.
Underwood currently works in the William Penn business office as Perkins Loan Officer and Cashier.