April 21st, 2011

USA Shooting Names Assistant National Rifle Coaches

USA Shooting logoUSA Shooting, the national governing body for Olympic shooting sports, has named its new team of Assistant National Rifle Coaches: Marcus Raab, Thomas Tamas, and Ernie Vande Zande. These men will work with the National Coaches to help develop junior talent, support National Team members, and promote the shooting sports.

Raab, the NRA’s National Coach Trainer for Rifle and Pistol, has helped lead the National Coach Development Staff program. Raab is also a highly-respected Juniors’ coach. National Rifle Coach Major Dave Johnson credits Raab for much of the junior team’s recent success, including the 2010 smallbore World Championship win by our junior women. As a competitor, Thomas Tamas was a world-class rifleman, particularly in prone. A past World Champion, Tamas has set multiple world records. He has also served as an instructor (and shooter) for the USAMU Rifle Team. Vande Zande has been a long-time coach, competitor, and manager of Olympic-style shooting sports. Like Tamas, Vande Zande was also a world record holder in men’s prone.