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usa shooting Coach of the Year


Mike Simpson USA Shooting is proud to


name Assistant National Team Coach Mike Simpson as our Coach of the Year. A tireless teacher dedicated to the advancement of the shooting sports, Simpson has developed and mentored youth out of his South Georgia facility in hopes of spurring an Olympic dream in some of them and providing structure, opportu- nity and an outdoor outlet for all of them.


Simpson owns and operates


the South Georgia Youth Shoot- ing Club and is having a tre- mendous impact on the shotgun discipline as demonstrated by his 2012 season of success that included numerous medals and event highlights. Those accolades included a


USA Shooting National Cham- pionships bronze medal, a Ju-


nior Olympic National Title as well as a Junior Olympic Bronze medal. At the Scholastic Clay Target (SCTP) Championships, the offi cially-recognized grass- roots development program of USA Shooting, Simpson’s team earned the top-two places in both the collegiate and senior divisions while also walking away with the gold in Double Trap as well.


This year the program added


a National Championships Junior bronze medalist while develop- ing Shotgun shooters Will Hinton and Tyler Lirio continue to ben- efi t from Simpson’s instruction as Hinton is a member of USA Shooting’s National Junior Team while Lirio is a member of the 2013-14 Junior Olympic squad. Recognized for his ability to mentor young competitors in the


game, Simpson was named an Assistant National Team coach by National Team Coach Todd Graves in 2013. As such, he coached a Junior Team in Suhl, Germany and helped guide Kim Bowers to a Silver Medal in Trap and Will Hinton to a fi fth place fi nish in Double Trap. Simpson has been train-


ing young shotgun shooters for more than 15 years at the bun- ker near his home. He improved the South Georgia Youth Shoot- ing Club over the years as the number of youth seeking to train there continues to grow. Several years ago, USA Shooting named Simpson’s South Georgia Youth Shooting and Bridge Creek Clays a Certifi ed Training Center. Simpson has coached Junior


Teams and individual shooters in 4-H, SCTP, the International dis-


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ciplines to 26 State and National Championships over the years. In addition, he averages six clin- ics each year focusing on inter- mediate to advanced athletes striving to refi ne fundamentals, vision and mental capabilities. Simpson says he is pushing


to get more youngsters involved in the Scholastic Clay Target Pro- gram, which provides youngsters another avenue for competition in trap and skeet. “The kids are my passion,” Simpson said re- cently, and then he wondered out loud, “I’d like to know how many kids we’ve touched and turned around. It’s amazing.”


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