Two Bear Riflemen Named Conference Shooters of the Month

David Rose
David Rose

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard varsity riflemen David Rose and Marshall Grant have been named November/December Shooters of the Month by the Mid Atlantic Rifle Conference.

Rose was selected as the MAC Smallbore Shooter of the Month. A sophomore Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering major, he was cited for his hard work and dedication in mastering the complex skill set needed to succeed in the sport. 

He began his collegiate shooting career as a walk-on in the fall of 2015. With no prior experience with firearms. His initial experience was far from encouraging for both David and the coaching staff. Never-the-less David soldiered on, encouraged by his teammates and coaches, he quickly established goals and objectives, which he successfully met as he steadily progressed in the sport. 

Rose, who plays the bagpipes, is also a rifle team representative on the Coast Guard Academy Student Athlete Advisory Council. 

Named as MAC Air Rifle Shooter of the Month, Grant a sophomore Marine Environmental Science major, did not participate in rifle during his freshman year. While he has some previous shooting experience, earning the NRA Smallbore Distinguished Expert Award, the high performance world of NCAA rifle competition was a whole new experience for him. 

Grant put his previous smallbore experience in the standing position to good use as he concentrated on Air Rifle, a 60 shot standing event. In less than a month he jumped from a 538 in his first collegiate air rifle match to a 563 in his fourth. 

He fully utilizes his limited training time with introspection and experimentation. He likes camping, kayaking, and spending time with his family when not fully involved in the Coast Guard Academy's rigorous daily routine of academic, military and sports activities

Rose and Grant are the third and fourth Bear Rifle athletes accorded this honor in what is also a very rare two in one month appearance for a school.