Jim Hepler enters the Butler County Bowling Association bowling Hall of Fame based on meritorious service to organized bowling in Butler County.
Hepler is a lifetime member of the BCBA, participating in the association for 29 years and active in organized bowling for 37 years. He is the longest current tenured member of the BCBA Board of Directors, serving on the board for the past 27 years. He has held the office of Vice President (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) for over 20 of those years. During Hepler’s time on the board, he assisted with three state tournaments, acting as coordinator of the last two at Family Bowlaway. In addition, Hepler has traveled to numerous state conventions to help Butler County secure the tournaments and to help get fellow board members Jim Bowser and Mike Coyle elected as State President.
A USBC Bronze certified coach since 2009, Hepler has been a part of the Butler County Youth Bowling Association for the past 10 years and has coached the youth at Sherwood Lanes for the past 14 years. Hepler also served as a member of the Butler’s Best tournament committee for 10 years, helped to generate over $20,000 in scholarships for the youth. In 2009, with the assistance of Dr. Mike Strutt, Hepler helped introduce bowling to Butler High School. He became Assistant Coach to the team in their inaugural season under Head Coach, Bill Fay. The Coaches helped the teams to a combined section record of 75-5. Under their direction, the girls earned four section titles, four trips to Regionals, four trips to States, one Western PA Championship and one State Championship. The boys achieved two section titles, four trips to Regionals and one trip to States. Hepler is currently an Assistant Coach for the Ursuline Arrows, an NCAA Division 2 collegiate bowling team.
Hepler is also the President of the Fox’s Pizza Den League and has been for 20+ years. He also has organized 4-6 teams to travel yearly to the State tournament.
Hepler is a Manufacturing Supervisor at ALCOA. He lives in Butler Township with is wife, Kim and two children, Autumn and Brock.