Adrian College coach John Essenmacher III enters his third season at the helm of the men’s and women’s bowling teams in 2017-18.
Working at the college level for the first time in his career, Essenmacher has made an immediate impact on both programs since his arrival in October 2015. The women’s squad captured the 2016 National Collegiate Club Championship and produced four all-Americans as well as five National Collegiate Bowling Coaches Association Scholar All-Americans. They followed that up with a 2017 national runner-up finish behind All-Americans Jennifer Kelly and Marissa Land. On the men’s side, the Bulldogs earned 17th-place at the 2016 Collegiate Club Championships and ranked 20th at the 2017 national championships; junior Dylin Hunter made the CTBCA All-America team.
Prior to Adrian, Essenmacher served as the bowling assistant coach under his father at Richmond High School for two years.
A 2010 graduate in communication at Oakland University in Rochester, Essenmacher bowled for three seasons at the University of Pikeville (Ky.). He earned his master's degree in sports management from Eastern Michigan University in 2013.
"We are excited to have John as our coach as he brings a solid background in the sport of bowling," said Adrian athletics director Mike Duffy at the time of Essenmacher’s hiring. "He had a great college career at Pikeville. John has great energy and enthusiasm for the sport of bowling. With his contacts in the states of Michigan and Ohio, I feel he will do a great job maintaining the strength of both teams on the recruiting trail."
An avid bowler since the age of 2, Essenmacher has five 300-games under his belt.
He has performed internships with the EMU Athletics Marketing Department, Brendy Barr Communications as a public relations assistant and Palace Sports & Entertainment as a promotions/gameday experience assistant
He and his wife, Leah, live in Grosse Pointe Woods with their dog, Wilma.