Richard Hawkins, prior coach of a three-time U.S. National Shooting Team Championship winning team, is in his fourth season as the first full-time academy shooting sports coach.
Hawkins grew up in Michigan where he graduated from Bath High School in 1972. He went on to college at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York, where he graduated in June 1976 with a Bachelors of Science Degree as a Second Lieutenant. He spent ten years assigned to the United States Army Marksmanship Unit’s International Rifle Section where he competed in International Rifle Competitions and won numerous medals. He retired in June, 1996 and went on to Graduate School at Rollins College, Winter Park, Fla. to receive his Master’s of Business Administration Degree. He graduated number one in his class.
In 2001, Coach Hawkins was selected as the International Rifle Coach for the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit and coached there until August 2013..
1) Had one of his team members win the 2002 World Championship in Men’s Air Rifle. At the 2004 Olympic Games, another team member won the Silver Medal in Men’s Three Position Rifle. This is the only Olympic Rifle Medal for an USAMU member in the past 40 years. After five successful years as the Rifle Coach, he was reassigned as the Pistol Coach. He went on to coach the pistol team to three National Team Championships. These are the first team championships the team has won in 25 years.
2) Went on to earn his PhD in Sports Science. Conducting seven original scientific research projects, with three being published in scientific peer-reviewed journals.
3) Was awarded a Class A International Judge’s License (eligible to coach in the Olympics), an International Coach’s License (one of nineteen in the world with an ISSF Class A Licensed Coach, the highest coach certification that a shooting coach can earn). Received all coaching rifle and pistol certifications in the U.S. for the Olympic shooting sports.
4) Was selected as a Voluntary Assistant National Team Coach from 2002 to 2005. In which time he was selected as the U.S. Team Leader for five major International Championships.