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Nebraskan Erickson to coach U.S. shotgun team

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  1. Joe Potosky

    Joe Potosky Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    Nebraskan Erickson to coach U.S. shotgun team

    Omaha World-Herald

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Bennington native and four-time Olympian Bret Erickson was named Tuesday the new national shotgun coach by USA Shooting.

    Erickson, now of Muenster, Texas, was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1992, 1996, 2004 and 2008. He was on the USA Shooting National Team for 25 years and was a six-time USA Shooting National Champion. He was a 1990 World Champion in double trap, a four-time World Championship medalist and is a multiple World Cup and Pan American Games medalist.

    “I am really looking forward to continuing to work with the shotgun athletes as well as the USA Shooting staff,” said Erickson, a 1982 graduate of Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb. “We have some of the most talented shooters in the world, and I think the next several years are going to be a really fun time to be part of USA Shooting. We have the chance to bring home a lot of medals.”

    Erickson started shooting American trap with his father at the age of 10 and joined the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit after college graduation. He retired from the Army marksmanship unit in 2005 and most recently managed the Willawalla Creek Shooting Center in St. Jo, Texas, where he coached developing juniors and worked with the local 4-H.

    The U.S. Shotgun Team won four Olympic medals in 2008, nine World Cup medals in 2009, as well as several team medals at the 2009 Shotgun World Championships.

    “The shotgun program has experienced some tremendous progress and improvements, and I look forward to keeping that momentum going,” Erickson said.

    Erickson and his wife, Lisa, have two teenage children, Mara, 19, a sophomore at the University of North Texas, and Cole, 16, a high school junior.

    Erickson will begin his new coaching role in early January. As the national coach, he will manage the shotgun Resident Athlete Program at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.; coach the USAS National Team, National Development Team and National Junior Team athletes; and work with Regional Training Centers and other shotgun coaches around the country.

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