The Intercollegiate Rifle team consists of students representing the undergraduate student body as a whole - male and female, cadet and civilian - all are eligible to try out for the teams. Rifle candidates should already have experience in formal target shooting. Potential team members or those interested in learning more about the teams are encouraged to contact Coach Kostecki very early in their college selection process.
Emphasis is placed on learning skills and techniques, and on the life long journey of learning and training – not just as an athlete, but also as a person. That emphasis produces young athletes who are capable, competent and who enjoy their work. Additionally, it produces winning athletes and teams much more effectively and reliably than does a traditional focus on just “winning”.
It does not matter what the coach knows or has accomplished if the athletes are not engaged and motivated. While it is the coach’s job to create and maintain a positive environment of learning and excellence, it ultimately depends on the athletes themselves. The shooting sports program athletes are highly motivated and are excited at the prospects for 2013 and beyond.
Rifle Team members are eligible for Army ROTC Scholarships upon application. These scholarships are quite competitive and additional scholarships may be provided for exceptional Rifle Team prospects. To learn more about Army ROTC scholarships, click here.
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) also provides 100 scholarships of 1,000 dollars each to students who are involved both in ROTC and marksmanship teams. For more information about the CMP scholarship, click here.
Additionally, the Rifle Team reserves some private scholarships, which are allocated to the top shooters each year. These private scholarships are based on overall performance. For more information regarding these scholarships, contact the Cadet Admissions Office at 1-888-413-9366.
The intercollegiate portion of the shooting program has a long and proud history, dating back to the founding of the university in 1873. In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, marksmanship skills were highly prized and major competitions created excitement comparable to today’s football or baseball playoffs and championships.
Intercollegiate shooting competitions evolved during the middle and end of the twentieth century to utilize equipment and courses of fire mirroring those used in the Summer Olympic Games, World Championships, and World Cup competitions. Many of our country’s Olympians come from the collegiate ranks. Intercollegiate shooting teams from all parts of the country compete fiercely for conference and national honors.