Hello American Athletic Conference: We Are Memphis Rifle GoTigersGo.com continues an introduction to the American Athletic Conference with Rifle
July 16, 2013
Hello American Athletic Conference, We Are Memphis:
On July 1, the University of Memphis officially became a member of the American Athletic Conference. Beginning July 8, GoTigersGo.com brings a daily introduction of each sport at the University of Memphis to the American Athletic Conference. The sport schedule is below with links to previously featured programs.
In 2005, Beth Tidmore won the University's first and only national championship, claiming the national Air Rifle crown. One of the most decorated student-athletes in school history, Tidmore was a three-time NRA All-American, 2005 Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association Scholar Athlete award winner and she earned a 2007 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
Beth Tidmore won the national championship in 2005
Coach of the Year Honors
In Memphis' first year of NCAA competition in 1993, head coach Butch Woolbright was named Great Midwest Conference Coach of the Year. Woolbright then earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors in 1998 when his Tigers won the C-USA Championship. Woolbright is the longest tenured head coach at the University of Memphis.
Coach Butch Woolbright has coached a national champion, 10 All-Americans and eight All-GARC selections
Although the University of Memphis joined the American Athletic Conference, the Tiger rifle program continues to compete in the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC). Memphis also competed in the Great Midwest Conference and Conference USA before joining the GARC for rifle.
Currently, rifle competes in the Great America Rifle Conference
Highest National Ranking
During the 2012-13 rifle season, the Tigers put together a stellar campaign comprised of five top-five tournament finishes on their way to the highest NCAA national ranking in program history at No. 8
The 2012-13 Memphis Rifle team
The Memphis rifle program has produced 10 All-Americans since 2003 including four first-team selections, five second-team choices and one honorable mention pick. Beth Tidmore was a three-time selection in air-rifle while current Tiger shooter, Dan Hermsmeier, has recently earned his third and fourth All-America honors. Hermsmeier was a second-team smallbore selection in 2011, a first-team smallbore selection in 2012 and most recently earned first-team accolades in smallbore and air rifle for the 2012-13 season.