Danielle McEwan, Fairleigh Dickinson
Stony Point, NY/Stony Point
Bowling • 2009-13
As the most decorated student-athlete in the NEC’s 38-year history, it should come as little surprise that Danielle McEwan is a first-ballot NEC Hall of Famer.
A pioneer who helped put NEC bowling on the national map, the legacy she left behind over her four years at Fairleigh Dickinson may never be matched.
McEwan rose to the top of her sport during her junior and senior campaigns when she was named the National Tenpin Coaches Association (NTCA) Bowler of the Year. Likewise, she was a three-time NTCA All-America honoree and a three-time NEC Bowler of the Year from 2011-13. McEwan was also tabbed the NEC Rookie of the Year in 2010 and was a four-time All-NEC honoree.
While performing at an elite individual level, she was also leading the Knights to the top of the NCAA ranks. FDU qualified for the NCAA Tournament in each of her four years, highlighted by the program’s second national championship during her freshman season in 2010. McEwan served as the catalyst in the title run, earning NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. The Knights also reached the national semis in 2011 and the NCAA title match in 2012.
Not only did McEwan excel on the lanes, she was also a star in the classroom. She was a three-time NTCA Academic All-American and the NEC women’s bowling Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior.
The two-time FDU Female Athlete of the Year graduated as the school’s career average leader (207.07) and set the program single-season mark (215.61) as a senior.
McEwan hit the ground running as a professional, and has since won four PWBA titles. She is one of three players to have won at least one title every season since the re-launch of the PWBA Tour in 2015.
In 2015, McEwan and teammate Kelly Kulick won the gold medal in the doubles competition at the Women’s World Bowling Championship (WBC). She has competed for Team USA since 2012, winning over 20 medals during that time.