Shooting sports program launches at Murray State College

Michael Smith

Competitive sports in Tishomingo are expanding to include shooting at Murray State College. The program has started recruiting current students and incoming freshmen for the fall 2020 semester, according to a Monday statement.

The program will be led by Assistant Vice President of Facilities and Security Sam Holt, who is also a certified NRA shotgun trainer and MSC chief of police. Holt said that despite being unable to talk directly to students about the announcement, students had already expressed interest.

“They’re coming from all different areas,” Hold said by phone on Monday. MSC already offers a gunsmithing program that will likely provide a talent pool, and Holt said students in agricultural studies and nursing have also expressed interest in competitive shooting.

“Murray State, with our shooting range and gunsmithing program, is the perfect choice for students with an interest in competitive shooting sports,” said MSC president Joy McDaniel in the Monday statement.

Holt said the team could have up to 20 team members but could begin with about eight men and women. “Our goal is to go to four shoots per semester,” he said. Novice shooters would also be considered for the team and tuition waivers are available each semester for team members.

“We’re looking for the kids who are serious about their college degree,” Holt said.

Shooting sports are just the latest recruitment effort by MSC. The school in January announced an esports program that hopes to compete against teams from around the country.