Heather Pfeil – Academy Program Coordinator

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.

Bryan Brady - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/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!

Elizabeth Humphries - Academy Instructor

I began shooting after talking my father into taking a class with me, and quickly fell in love with the sport. With my background as a scientist and as a dancer, I found myself creatively fascinated with the form and anatomy of an archer’s shot process. This curiosity sparked my interest to become a certified Level 3 instructor. I particularly enjoy working with young archers, and growing the sport of archery. I also compete with an Olympic Recurve.

Bill Hook - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/I started shooting an old stick bow in 1958 after seeing Howard Hill and Fred Bear shoot at a sportsman show. Life got in the way (school, marriage, Vietnam), but I got back into shooting using a compound bow. This led me to Lancaster Archery Supply not long after they opened in the early 1980s. After retiring, I spent enough time at the Lancaster Archery Academy that their program director, Heather Pfeil, asked if I wanted to work here. I said yes, and that has led to my obtaining a Level 1, 2, and now Level 3 Instructor certification, becoming a certified USA Archery judge, and working full time at the Academy. It is so much fun to watch the faces of my students as they light up when they “Get It”.

Amanda Newland - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/I started shooting archery when I was eleven years old. My dad is a bowhunter, and I was always fascinated watching him shoot. He eventually bought me a compound bow of my own, and ever since then I’ve been hooked on the sport. When I was about thirteen, my dad and I started coming to the Lancaster Archery Academy for classes. These classes led to me joining their Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club and team. My dad and I now not only hunt together, but also travel the country shooting national-level tournaments. I’ve recently had the opportunity to be a Level 1 instructor at the Lancaster Archery Academy, where I’m able to share my love of the sport with others.

Ben Fahrney - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/My passion for archery started right here at the Lancaster Archery Academy as I moved up through their six-week classes. Before too long, I became involved in the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program here. Because of this program, I’ve been able to pursue compound archery on a National level while also competing with an additional focus in barebow archery. In recent years, I’ve pursued coaching here at the Academy, and have since enjoyed getting to know and being more involved with the archery community. Nothing is quite as enjoyable as being able to see dedicated students advance in their sport.

Holt Albertson - Academy Instructor

My interest in shooting archery started when I was about three to four years old. My goal was to pull enough poundage to be able to go deer hunting, and it wasn’t until I was twelve that I discovered that target archery was something that even existed. I quickly worked through some of the classes here at the Lancaster Archery Academy, and have been a member of the JOAD Team for about three years. During that time, I have won multiple State championships and one National title. While spending a lot of time practicing on the range, I found that I really enjoyed giving tips on shooting, tweaking people’s bow setups to increase forgiveness, and generally helping others in their efforts to improve their shooting accuracy. When I was given the opportunity, it was a natural choice to join the Academy as an instructor.

Josh Grine - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/My passion for archery began twenty five years ago through the sport of hunting. My exploration into the target archery world began in 2014, when my oldest daughter showed an interest in becoming a competitive archer. Helping her fall in love with the sport has given me an opportunity to grow into a competitive archer myself. My favorite disciplines to compete in are 3D, field and indoor. Since archery has provided my family with so many incredible experiences and opportunities, I decided to pursue coaching through the Lancaster Archery Academy. As a Level 3 coach, my hope is that I can help others discover a love for archery and achieve whatever goals they set for themselves.

Clay Weaver - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/ My archery journey began at the age of three. At the time, I just enjoyed looking at various animals around our house, and watching my dad shoot in the backyard. Little did I know that later that year I would get a bow of my own. My dad soon got a job at Lancaster Archery Supply, and I was enrolled in a six-week beginner class that LAS offered. From there, my love for the sport only grew. I now not only compete on a National level, but also work as a certified Level 1 academy instructor at the Lancaster Archery Academy.

Haly Grine - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/ I have been involved in the archery world for about four years. Growing up, I watched my dad as a bowhunter and have witnessed his hunting experiences. I decided that I wanted to learn how to shoot a bow to hunt alongside him, and so my dad signed me up for lessons at the Academy. It wasn’t long before I grew a serious love and passion for shooting. I was then introduced to competitive archery and joined the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) club. I have competed in national-level tournaments and am active in the 3D world of shooting. I am a certified Level 1 Instructor, and enjoy sharing and spreading my love and knowledge of archery with new shooters.

Ian Garner - Academy Instructor

ALIGN=”left” HSPACE=”50” VSPACE=”50”/I have been fascinated with archery since I was a young boy. After returning home from college in 2001 I participated in my first official archery lesson. I was so taken aback by how intricate, engaging, and rewarding archery could be, I knew instantly I wanted to take on the challenge. I began my journey to learn, compete, and understand as many aspects and styles of archery as I could. Previously owning an archery shop on the west coast, I came to Lancaster Archery in May of 2018 to work in the showroom as a TechXpert. After a year of working as a technician, I transferred to a position in the academy doing what I am most passionate about: coaching. Receiving my USA Archery Level 3 NTS Coach certification in 2015, I have been instructing beginning, intermediate, and advanced archers to learn, grow, and achieve their goals in multiple styles including traditional, barebow, compound, and Olympic recurve. I simply love being a coach. Seeing the look of accomplishment on my students’ faces keeps me motivated and pushing forward to better myself and my coaching.

Minnie Nguyen - Academy Instructor

I first got involved with archery when I went to college in Georgia, but I’ve been interested in traditional and historical archery since I was a teenager. I’ve been doing archery and falling in love with it since 2016. While in college, I got my instructor certification. Upon moving back to Lancaster, I wanted to apply that and found a home here at the Lancaster Archery Academy! Being a bit of a history geek, I like to shoot longbows and hope to learn more about eastern traditional archery.