Marcus Raab, the NRA National Coach Trainer for both Rifle and Pistol, has been named as a new Assistant National Rifle Coach by USA Shooting, the National governing body for Olympic Shooting Sports. Raab, who is well-know in the shooting community as top-notch coach dedicated to helping junior shooters achieve their goals, has been with NRA since 2000. Here's what USA Shooting had to say about Raab and his fellow Assisant National Coaches: 

USA Shooting Announces Assistant National Coaches

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Shooting is pleased to announce the new Assistant National Coaches. The Assistant National Coaches work alongside the National Coaches to help develop junior talent, support National Team members and promote the shooting sports.

USA Shooting logo The Assistant National Rifle Coaches are Marcus Raab, Thomas Tamas and Ernie Vande Zande. Raab, the National Coach Training for Rifle and Pistol for the National Rifle Association, has been a key developer and instructor in the National Coach Development Staff program that has led to a tremendous increase in coaching knowledge and skills from the grass roots level on up. Raab also has a long competitive background in multiple events and training education from around the world. Raab, a regular contributor for USA Shooting News, is very focused on the next generation of Olympic Champions. National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson credits Raab for much of the junior team’s success over several years, which culminated in the 2010 gold medal World Championship performance by the junior women’s smallbore team.

Congratulations, Marcus! Read the complete USA Shooting's press release here.

NRA Coach Programs

Back in October, we told you that NRA's Coach Education Program reached record-breaking numbers with just over 4,000 coaches. Just six months later, NRA National Coach Trainer (Shotgun) Don Sipes tells us that the number has now exceeded 4,500 and will likely hit 5,000 by the end of the year.

The Coach Education Program offers training as a shotgun, rifle, or pistol coach, with shotgun being the most popular discipline at approximately 2,400 coaches. With the number of competitive shooters on the rise, the benefits of becoming an NRA Certified Coach are more important than ever.

"The biggest benefit is retention of shooters. People want to try competitive shooting and they need help. If they get that help from a coach, they'll come back and keep shooting," said Sipes.

If you're interested in becoming an NRA Certified Coach, check out the Coach Education Program website for more information, including a list of coach schools. Questions? Send an email to coaching@nrahq.org.

We often feature success stories from the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program, but here is the incredible story of the California Musketeers, a group of young shooters who used the program to develop and foster their love of shooting, and the coaches who helped guide them on their journey to Distinguished Experts. Thanks to Musketeers coach Michael Pass for the article and photos.

One day about nine years ago I was helping coach a Boy Scout troop that was firing for their shooting badge. As we finished up, a man I’d never seen before, Jack Weir, asked the coaches for our attention. He announced that he was starting a youth shooting club for kids and grandkids, ages eight to eighteen, of Diablo Rod and Gun Club members, (and later all of United Sportsmen, Inc.’s clubs), and asked for volunteer coaches. A few of us raised our hands, and California Musketeers was born.

For the first year or so it was going great. All the shooting was done prone at the 10-bull A-17 targets; but some of the kids were getting bored. At about that time one Saturday afternoon, I helped with a Basic Pistol class; one of the handouts was the booklet for the NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program—and as I looked through it, the proverbial light bulb flickered…

I brought it up at the next officers meeting and was given a unanimous go-ahead. Some of the older teenage boys had been asking to shoot .22 handguns, and after I received the D1 Bianchi targets, we began. And we noticed an immediate improvement in their “interest rate!” More

Back in November, we encouraged young pistol shooters to register for the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp. Here’s a report on the event courtesy of Jim Hagearty, Coach of the Illinois Junior Precision Shooters. This event was also registered as an NRA Day event through the Youth Programs Department:

Shooters and coaches from the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp

Streator, Illinois - SFC Eric Daniels, United States Army (Ret.), a former member of the Army Marksmanship Unit’s Service Pistol team, was the lead instructor for the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp, sponsored by the Illinois Junior Precision Shooters - Precision Pistol and hosted by the Sandy Ford Sportsman’s Club in Streator from December 27th through the 29th.

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NRA Coach Programs

Last month we provided you with the most up-to-date list of NRA Coach Schools available, but new schools have been added to the list. The additions have been listed below, a full schedule of Coach Schools is available online.

Coach Schools train people to become NRA Certified Coaches in a variety of shooting disciplines.

More schools are added frequently, so check the Coach Education Program website on a regular basis for updates. For more information about the Coach Education Program or to hold a Coach School held in your area, contact Samantha Olsen at (703) 267-1504 or solsen@nrahq.org.

Check out the new listings of Winter and Spring Coach Schools after the jump.


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Here's an important message from our Program Materials Center regarding holiday closures and their year-end inventory closure:

The NRA Program Materials phone center will be closed Friday, December 24 for Christmas but orders can still be placed on-line during this period. Orders placed on Friday will not be processed or shipped until the week of December 27, 2010.

In observance of the New Year, the NRA Program Materials phone center will be closed on Friday, December 31, 2010 and will re-open on Monday, January 3, 2011. On-line orders can still be placed during this period.

To conduct a year-end inventory, no orders placed after midnight on December 31, 2010 will be processed or shipped until Thursday, January 6, 2011.

If you're an NRA Certified Instructor, Coach, or Training Counselor, don't be left out in the cold without course materials - plan ahead for your courses in early 2011 and order now!

NRA Coach Programs

NRA's Coach Education Program has added more events to their list of upcoming Coach Schools.

Coach Schools train people to become NRA Certified Coaches in a variety of shooting disciplines.

More schools are added frequently, so check the Coach Education Program website on a regular basis for updates. For more information about the Coach Education Program or to hold a Coach School held in your area, contact Samantha Olsen at (703) 267-1504 or solsen@nrahq.org.

Check out the full listing of upcoming Winter and Spring Coach Schools after the jump.


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For young pistol shooters, there aren't many opportunities to receive world-class training from some of the most experienced shooters and coaches in the country. But we've gotten word on one opportunity that you just can't miss - the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp, sponsored by the Illinois Junior Precision Shooters - Precision Pistol (IJPS).

Scheduled for December 27-29, 2010 at the Sandy Ford Sportsman's Club in Streator, Illinois, the camp will featuring three days of personalized coaching and instruction with Sergeant First Class Eric Daniels (Retired) who shot with the United States Army Marksmanship Unit as the lead instructor.

SFC Daniels will work with each student individually to address their skills and provide guidance to turn weaknesses into strengths. In addition to SFC Daniels, a team of experience and dedicated NRA Certified Instructors and Coaches will be on hand to help each student reach their full potential as a competitive shooter.

"We are passionate about developing each athlete, not only as a skilled shooter, but as a shooting team member - learning to work together so that each junior grows personally and professionally. We encourage each athlete to shoot their best, not to try and beat someone else," said Coach Jim Hagearty with IJPS. "We build one success story at a time - each shooter is important to us!"

Alumnae include Sara Magee, 2008 Illinois State Junior Pistol Champion and top female Marksman at the 2010 National Matches, and 15 year-old Hannah Brummell who was just named the 2010 Illinois State Junior Outdoor Bullseye Pistol Champion after just one and a half years of training.

The camp is held in conjunction with the 6th Annual Central Illinois Junior Invitational "2700" Bullseye Pistol Tournament and is open to youth ages 10-20 years who have some experience with a semi-automatic pistol. The cost of the camp is just $75 and includes targets, ammunition, lunch, and match fees. A limited number of firearms are available upon advanced request for students who do not have a pistol.

To register or learn more about the 4th Annual NRA Bullseye Pistol Competition Junior Shooting Camp, 6th Annual Central Illinois Junior Invitational "2700" Bullseye Pistol Tournament, and the Illinois Junior Precision Shooters, contact Jim Hagearty at 630-858-4598 or hagearty@sbcglobal.net. Registration must received by Thanksgiving, so don't delay!

NRA Coach instructs a pistol student on the range

The NRA's Education & Training Division is pleased to announce its Coach Education Program has reached 4,000 coaches, setting a new record.

The program, which has experienced tremendous growth in the past few years, trains people to becomed NRA Certified Rifle, Shotgun, or Pistol Coaches. NRA's cadre of coaches work with shooters of all skill levels, from recreational shooters to Olympic athletes.  

"The success of the Coach Education Program is not only a testament to the hard work of our staff and the quality of training, but also to the growing demand from shooting coaches," said Bill Poole, Director of the Education & Training Division. "From beginners to Olympic-level shooters, there is a need for high-quality training from experienced coaches, and our program is helping to develop more coaches to meet those needs."

Learn more about becoming a coach or find a Coach School in your area. Looking to for an NRA Certified Coach to work with you? Send an email to coaching@nrahq.org or call 703-267-1401 to find a coach near you.

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