Butch Woolbright
Butch Woolbright

Position:
Head Coach


03/07/2014

No. 6 Tigers Ready for NCAA Championship Run

Memphis led by four-time All-American Dan Hermsmeier

03/05/2014

Memphis Rifle Earns All-Conference Honors

Three Tigers and head coach Butch Woolbright earn all-conference honors.

02/28/2013

Hermsmeier Finishes Third at Great American Rifle Conference Championships

The Tigers Finished Sixth as a Team

02/21/2013

No. 9 Rifle Closes Out Regular Season at NCAA Qualifier; Hermsmeier Receives NCAA Individual Bid

Dan Hermsmeier will shoot at the NCAA Championships as an individual in the Air Rifle

11/20/2012

Memphis Rifle Signs Kutztown (Pa.) High School's Amy Fister

Fister currently averages a 575 air rifle score.

Butch Woolbright is entering his 18th year as head coach of the University of Memphis rifle program.

For the past two seasons, Woolbright has seen Dan Hermsmeier qualify for the NCAA Championships in the smallbore division. Hermsmeier was named a second team All-American in 2011 before earning first team honors in 2012. Kelly Audet has also been successful under the direction of Woolbright, earning second team All-America accolades in 2012 in the air rifle division. In 2011, Audet made her first appearance at the NCAA Championships with a 21st-place finish.

In U of M's first year of competition in NCAA Rifle, 1993, Woolbright was voted Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year. In 1998 he was named the Conference-USA Rifle Coach of the Year, when his squad won the C-USA Rifle Championship held in St. Louis.

Woolbright is classified as a master in small bore rifle and high power rifle. He holds the Distinguished Rifleman Award for excellence in service rifle competition and is a member of the Marine Corps Distinguished Shooters Association. Woolbright also made the President's 100 at the U.S. National Championships in 1987, placing 11th among civilians and 48th overall out of 1,542 civilian and military competitors. Woolbright has won nine other medals in competition at the U.S. National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.

Retired after 23 years with Ford Motor Company, Butch and his wife Tonya have two sons, Jason and Jeremy and two grandchildren, Jessica and Jacob.

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