NCAA Rifle Competition, Georgia Graduates

(Verifited as of school year 2016-2017)

Seventy-nine former GHSA three-position air riflery competitors have gone on to compete in NCAA competitions; 13 at military service academies, 26 at other out of state universities, 38 at Georgia universities and two who competed both out of state and then in Georgia. There are 36 females and 43 males.

These 79 have done well; 38 All-American honors, one NCAA Individual Champion, one selected for the US National Team and nine to the National Development Team. Three have later served as assistant rifle coaches at universities and one as the head coach.

Most began the sport by competing in the GHSA with no prior experience. The NCAA competition is both 3-position small bore and standing air rifle. Georgia high school graduates have transitioned well. Some gained experience with small bore while in high school and many did not.

There have been many more GHSA riflery competitors of remarkable skills who chose not to compete in the NCAA. Note that only 24 of the above 79 were GHSA championship medalists; only 43 of them were included in the 208 athletes selected to the high school all-state teams to date.

Unfortunately, with all the skills shown in the GHSA, there are only two universities in Georgia competing in NCAA rifle competitions. There were none until the University of North Georgia began in 2008 and Columbus State University in 2009. North Georgia withdrew in 2010 and reentered in 2011. Georgia Southern University entered NCAA competition in 2013 in air rifle and added 3-position small bore in 2014. Columbus State withdrew in April 2015.

Larry Pendergrass

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