My entire family and I have been actively involved in Archery for over 15 years. My father gave me a recurve bow when I was eight years old to shoot recreationally in the backyard and from that moment on I was hooked. Shortly thereafter, we joined a local Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club for lessons and to train with some of the nation’s best coaches and archers, including Olympian Jake Kaminski. I shot Olympic Style Recurve for 10 years at a national level allowing me to train as a Resident Athlete at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California. In 2006, I returned home to attend college and obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. I have been competing in the compound division for 6 years nationally in both target and 3-D archery. Recently, I’ve obtained my Level 4-NTS Coaching Certification from USA Archery, with a goal of continuing my certification levels. I also enjoy spending time outdoors hunting and fishing with my fiancé. Before coming to Lancaster, I volunteered alongside my family to run the same JOAD Archery program that I started shooting with in order to share my knowledge and passion for the sport of archery.
If there are two important things in my life, they’d be archery, super heroes, and a complete disregard for mathematics. The degree of overlap between those four topics can honestly be surprising. I started shooting Olympic Recurve when I went to college in 2008 at James Madison University. As I became more familiar with the sport, the coaches introduced me to the National USAT circuit, and I’ve been hooked on FITA-style shoots ever since. By the time I left, I had not only gained my first coaching certification, but had begun to compete regularly in state and national-level events. I’ve been with the Academy since 2015, and have continued to pursue my coaching and competitive careers while here. I currently am a Level 4-NTS coach, and still shoot the USAT circuit every year. I hope to see you on the range!
To know me is to know that I have MANY passions! In my free time I can be found doing anything from lying in bed writing to leading a group of friends in the woods through a demonstration on shelter-building. My experience with archery has thus far come from my time as a counselor at Wilderness Education camps. I am most interested in learning with a focus on barebow and would love to work towards competing nationally. What I most enjoy about the sport is that it appeals to anyone—old and young—and encourages one to get more in touch with their body and mind. Since beginning here at the Academy I’ve been immersed in a great atmosphere of knowledge, instruction, and training, even hearing from one parent of a student that “I was in the holy grail of opportunity.” I’d love to embrace this enthusiasm as I move forward and grow to become a great shooter and teacher!
My parents always wanted me to participate in some sort of sport growing up. I had gone through soccer, baseball, and more, but nothing quite stuck with me. I had a friend that shot archery and told me to give it a shot, literally, so I did and immediately got hooked on it. After a year and a half of classes at this very academy on compound and another year of shooting compound after getting my own bow, I decided to make the switch to Olympic Recurve. Archery has opened me up to many new opportunities such as competing at a national level, bowhunting, and more. I decided to go into coaching because I have had many great coaches help me progress in my archery career and I would like to pass on my knowledge of archery to others as they did.
I started archery at 8 years old in a local JOAD program and by age 12 I had won my first National Championship. I continued shooting throughout my teenage years, winning a few more national tournaments and earning a spot on the 2000 Junior World Championship team. I took a hiatus from competing during college and while serving in the Army, so I joined the Lancaster Archery Supply team in order to get back into training and competing. My focus is on Olympic recurve but I shoot compound and traditional, as well. I enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with our customers and helping others improve their archery skills.
In 2013 I became active in archery through my association with a medieval group (Society of Creative Anachronism) in Austin, TX. I began by attending their practices, and had several individuals provide me with guidance and encouraged my love of the sport as a traditional archer. Over the next few years, I learned more about range safety, equipment inspection, and maintenance. I became a local range master as well as one guiding others on how to manage the range. I joined USA Archery and took the Level I, II instructor course. In September, 2020 I moved to Lancaster, PA. I was hired in October at Lancaster Archery Supply as an instructor. I have continued to learn more about the modern recurve shooting styles, as well as compound shooting. Working with students who are learning about the sport, seeing their wonder and excitement as they progress in their skills is inspiring me to continue on this journey.