In the early-1990’s, after decades of bowling and many exceptional competition achievements, Lucien Casagrande decided to give back to the sport by sharing his knowledge and experience with Manitoban and Canadian bowlers through coaching.  While serving on the MTF High Performance Committee, hosting seminars for youth and senior adults, he began coaching our MTF provincial teams in mid-1990s.

After a few years of coaching the MTF Provincial Team to CTF Team Trials, Lucien was recognized in 1999 by CTF while serving as Team Manager/Assistant Coach for the Pan American Games that were being held in Winnipeg.  Soon after, he was chosen as Assistant coach under Craig Woodhouse for the next 2 years.

In 2002, Lucien was appointed as CTF Head Coach of the National Women’s Team.  Then, he was chosen in 2005 as the Head Coach of the Men’s Team which he did over the next 9 years, as well as a couple of international tournaments with the National Youth contingent.

Coaching Credentials

  • NCCP Level III Certification      –  1998
  • USA Coaching – Silver Level    –  2003
  • Many Technical Seminars

During his years of National Team coaching, Lucien ran training camps which was difficult to do with athletes from across Canada.  To alleviate this barrier and better serve the bowlers, Lucien designed and developed a manual for long-distance remote coaching for the CTF National Team Contingents.

Lucien served a National coach for over 14 years, coaching at 34 International Competitions in 18 countries, in which our teams captured over 100 medals:

         Argentina              Australia                 Canada                      

         Costa Rico              Columbia                Denmark    

         Dom. Republic     El Salvador x 2       Germany 

         Guam                      Guatemala             Malaysia      

         Mexico x 2             Netherlands           Puerto Rico x 2  

         South Korea          Thailand                  USA (14 x T of A)


Manitoba Tenpin Bowling Coaches Association

Lucien was instrumental in establishing the MTBCA and was a founding member and first President of the association.  Designed the MTBCA Logo “Teach, Learn, Respect.”

2001-03                    President

2003-15                    Director

2006-15                    MTBCA Representative to the    MTF Board

Bowling Hall of Fame of Manitoba Committee

          2008-Present         Director

Manitoba Tenpin Federation

            1990’s           MTF High Performance Committee

2006-15        Director

Manitoba Classic Bowlers Association

          4 fours          Tournament Committee

Awards & Contributions

20+ YEARS               -Sponsored the WTBA Marrinelli Tournament

CTF Team Trials      – Sponsored Top Manitoban

MPJBA                      – Sponsored Youth Championships

1997                          MTF Volunteer of the Year

2006                          MTBCA Coach of the Year

2012                          MTBCA Coach of the Year

2016                          MTF Long-Term Volunteer Service               


1998-2013               Countless Sport Manitoba Order of

                                    Excellence Awards for Coaching

Lucien continued to coach with CTF until his retirement in 2013.  He still continues to be involved in our sport, currently serving on the Bowling Hall of Fame of Manitoba Committee.

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