Nebraska Cornhuskers bowling

The Nebraska Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in bowling. The program started out as a club sport along with men's bowling, but became a varsity sport in 1996 and an official NCAA sport in 2003. The Cornhuskers have established themselves as a powerhouse, winning the first two NCAA championships and three out of the first six. The Huskers have never been ranked lower than 8th since bowling has become an NCAA sport. They have won five national championships, finished runner-up four times, tied for third place three times and tied for seventh place.

Nebraska Cornhuskers Women's Bowling
Varsity Year founded: 1997
City Lincoln, NE
Team Mascot Herbie Husker; Lil' Red
Team Colors Scarlet and cream
Head Coach Bill Straub
Assistant Coach Paul Klempa
Bowling Facility East Campus Bowling Lanes
League/Conference affiliations
  • Independent

All-Time Record

IBC Tournament Record

IBC Tournament Appearances (13)

  • 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

NCAA Tournament Record : 33-15

NCAA Tournament Appearances (14)

  • 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

National Championships (10)

  • 1991, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2015


Bowling has been an official varsity sport at Lincoln since the 1996–1997 season. Before bowling became a varsity sport, it was a club sport coached by Bill Straub who led the club team to two national IBC titles in 1991 and 1995. Straub was hired as the full-time bowling coach and has led the team to three more IBC titles in 1997, 1999 and 2001. In 2003, the NCAA created a tournament for Women’s bowling and the Nebraska Women’s Bowling team has been one of the top college bowling teams since the start of NCAA competition, which the Huskers won the first two national titles in a row, came in third place during the third NCAA tournament and have won three of the first six NCAA tournaments. They added their NCAA-best fifth title in 2015. The Huskers have been ranked in the top 5 teams since 1990 and have never been ranked below 17th. The Huskers can be seen bowling at the East Campus Bowling Lanes.

2016-2017 season

The Huskers won four titles, including the Prairie View A&M Invitational for the fifth consecutive year, and ended the season as the top ranked team in the NCAAs. They earned their 14th straight trip to the 2017 NCAA Bowling Championship, the only team to earn bids in every NCAA Bowling Championship held to date. A loss to McKendree sent Nebraska to the eliminators bracket. In the eliminators bracket, they defeated UMES in a roll off after being tied after 7 games and then defeated Vanderbilt in back-to-back best of 7 matches to reach the finals for the fifth year in a row and ninth overall. In the finals, Nebraska faced McKendree and for the second time in the championships, McKendree defeated Nebraska, this time in a four game sweep. Nebraska is now 5-4 in NCAA Bowling Championship finals.

Dates Opponent Results
Oct 21-23 Wildcat Invitational 5th/13
Nov 4-6 KAT Klash 2nd/17
Nov 11-13 Warhawk Invitational 3rd/17
Jan 13-15 Mid-Winter Invitational 1st/17
Jan 27-29 Prairie View A&M Invitational 1st/12
Feb 10-12 SFA Stormin' Ladyjack Classic 2nd/23
Feb 17-19 Crusader Classic 1st/11
Feb 24-25 Central Missouri Mid-America Invitational 1st/6
Mar 2-4 Big Red Invitational 2nd/9
Apr 13-15 NCAA Championships 2nd/8

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