At the closing of the week long National Pistol Matches at Camp Perry in Port Clinton, Ohio, our Jersey Junior 2-man teams really pulled out all the stops and took the first AND second place slots for the CMP (Civilian Marksmanship Program) matches. Can I take credit for their win as their coach, mentor, rock, and provider of moral support despite the fact that I did not pull a trigger even once?
Hell yeah. It was all me.
Truthfully, my boys (I claim rights but no ownership) did an incredible job out there. Not only in the accomplishment of the CMP matches but on personal levels as well. Stats have shown that each and every one of them set personal bests in one form or another, and one shooter in particular, Josh Rotondo, shot personal bests IN EVERY MATCH HE FIRED. Yep, proud is not the word for this coach. It somehow doesn't do it justice.
Here's Josh at his most excited for the upcoming course of fire!
Of course now I've got to live up to this level and prove that it wasn't a fluke. Luckily I get to keep my spoon in the pot after having been officially named head coach of the Junior Pistol League at Central Jersey Rifle and Pistol Club starting in September after the retirement of the legendary Mike Westock, who has earned his retirement from coaching after 643 years. Of course, I will welcome junior shooters from all over New Jersey--we currently have juniors collected from ranges in Jackson, Old Bridge, Somerset, and more on the way.
Will one of these shooting boxes belong to YOUR junior at next year's Nationals?
We've got a hell of a schedule to live up to before next years championships and a lot of both official and unofficial matches to shoot during that time. It's going to take a lot of hard work but more fun than you can point a pistol at. If you are a resident of New Jersey and have a junior shooter (or wanna-be junior shooter) in your life, girl or boy, 11-20 years old, bring them on down and let's get them trained up to be on the team. You never know.
Juniors usually take my coaching style of "Stay Relaxed" to a new level.
Trevor displaying his award for "Most Obvious Crossfire" of the matches.
This Jew Shoots Guns... At the National Pistol championships while trying to coach New Jersey Juniors. Notice how I cleverly avoided talking about MY scores?