1988 – Meritorious Service
Gerald “Jerry” Murphy has devoted much of his life to youth bowlers.
The Barberton resident started working with youth bowling in 1960 and attended the first resident certified instructor school in August of 1961. For 15 years he coached until taking a position as field representative with the AJBC and YABA.
Retiring after 13 years in 1987, he has returned to coaching the youth program at Barberton’s Slovene Center.
Murphy was the first President of the Bar-Cop Junior Bowling Association in 1961 and served as Executive Director of the Association for 11 years and its tournament director for 13 years.
He was president of the Ohio Junior Bowling Association in 1965 and state tournament manager for three separate years. He was the first state leader advisor and served in the state youth commissioner award from the Ohio Youth Commission.