Hammond Earns Coaching Honor

  • By Shannon McNamara
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  • March 25, 2014 12:30 PM
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Jon Hammond
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University rifle coach Jon Hammond has been selected as the Rifle Winter 2014 CaptainU Coach of the Year.
Top coaches in each sport and division were chosen by CaptainU for their teams’ inspiring and successful performances on and off the field.
“It’s always nice to earn any recognition,” says Hammond. “I think this award is a really good reflection of the overall year we had as a team. It’s nice when these things come at the end of a season.”
In his eighth season with the Mountaineers, Hammond led WVU to its second straight and nation-best 16th NCAA title on March 14-15, at the 2014 NCAA Rifle Championships, in Murray, Ky. The championship is the program’s third under Hammond since 2009.
WVU swept the championships’ discipline titles, winnings its first NCAA smallbore crown under Hammond with a 2338 score on March 14, and its second straight NCAA air rifle title on March 15 with a score of 2367.
In addition to their NCAA titles, the Mountaineers secured their fifth straight Great American Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships title with a 4700 team score, on March 2, in Oxford, Miss. The squad also won the conference’s regular-season crown, as the Mountaineers posted a perfect 7-0 showing in conference matches this year. WVU finished the season at 10-0, the team’s first undefeated season since 2010.
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