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.

05/01/2014

2013-14 Memphis Tigers Rifle Team

Short feature of our 2013-14 Memphis Tigers rifle team that finished 4th in the nation this season!

Butch Woolbright is in his 22nd year as head coach of the University of Memphis rifle program.

Last season, Woolbright led the Tigers to the program's highest pinnacle to date. Woolbright guided his squad to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, the best performance by the program at the national event. The Tigers also placed third in smallbore at the NCAA Championships.

In addition, Woolbright had two shooters earn All-America recognition and three take home Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) honors. Dan Hermsmeier claimed All-America first team honors in both smallbore and air rifle and also was named a Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association (CRCA) Lapua All-America first teamer. Amy Fister, as a freshman, earned All-America honorable mention distinction in smallbore.

Hermsmeier received All-GARC honors in smallbore, air rifle and combined. Fister was named All-GARC honorable mention in smallbore, while Lee earned All-GARC honorable mention in air rifle. Lee also was named a GARC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

For his efforts, Woolbright picked up his third career Coach of the Year honor in 2013-14. He was named the GARC Coach of the Year. Woolbright had previously been named conference Coach of the Year in the Great Midwest Conference (1993) and Conference USA (1998).

The 2013-14 season was the culmination of the program's recent run of success. From 2010-13, Woolbright coached two shooters to All-America honors. Hermsmeier earned National Rifle Association (NRA) All-America first team honors for smallbore in 2012 and 2013, after he received NRA All-America second team accolades in 2011. Hermsmeier recorded a 21st-place finish in smallbore at the 2012 NCAA Championships. He also picked up recognition in 2013 by being named NRA first team in air rifle, after finishing 14th at the 2013 NCAA Championships.

Joining Hermsmeier in earning national recognition was Kelly Audet, who was named to the 2012 NRA All-America second team for air rifle. At the 2011 NCAA Championships, Audet placed 21st in air rifle.

Woolbright coached one of the most-decorated student-athletes in school history in Beth Tidmore, who won the 2005 NCAA Championships air rifle crown. A three-time NRA All-America selection, Tidmore received a 2005 CRCA Scholar-Athlete Award and earned a 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.

In the Tigers' first year of NCAA competition in 1993, Woolbright was named Great Midwest Conference (GMC) Coach of the Year. Woolbright earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors in 1998 when his Tigers won the C-USA Championships crown.

Woolbright is classified as a master in smallbore 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 made the President's 100 at the 1987 U.S. National Championships, placing 11th among civilians and 48th overall out of 1,542 civilian and military competitors. Woolbright won nine other medals in competition at the U.S. National Matches at Camp Perry, Ohio.

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

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