Redlands Community College is introducing shooting sports as a new competitive team beginning this fall. Shelby Skaggs, youngest female inducted into the Oklahoma Trapshooting Hall of Fame, joined Redlands to coach the team with enthusiasm and years of shooting experience.
Along with being in the Oklahoma Trapshooting Hall of Fame, Skaggs ranked second on the All-American shooting team and won the 2020 Lady 1 Clay Target championship.
“It is humbling being able to grow this program at Redlands from the ground up and to pour into all the students I can for years to come,” Skaggs said. “I have a great understanding of what my students are striving for because just like them, I also went to college on a shooting scholarship and competed in the Association of College Unions – International (ACUI) – I am dedicated to the education and development of these young men and women.”
The popularity of shooting sports is skyrocketing across the country. According to Financial News, recreational shooting sports revenue is expected to reach $1.3 billion by 2027, with a compound annual growth rate of 10.6 percent. With the growth of the sport and Redlands’ tradition of a strong agriculture department, bringing an award-winning champion like Skaggs to spearhead the team is producing excitement among staff and faculty.
“The addition of the clay target shooting keeps Redlands competitive in recruiting for this growing sport and provides a continued level of excellence in opportunities for our students,” said Redlands President Jack Bryant. “Having Shelby at the head of the program will give our students access to her valuable expertise and to learn from her professionalism. I am confident she will guide them with a determined and caring heart as well.”
Before Redlands, Skaggs was the assistant trapshooting coach at Pond Creek-Hunter High School, mentoring and coaching her students to success and to accomplish both individual and team goals. She also continues conducting one-on-one coaching sessions with aspiring shooters and is a member of the Oklahoma Trap and Skeet Association board.
“I am devoted to the technical and tactical skills needed to produce a high-performing team, but I care about individual growth even more,” she said. “I am where I am today because of the teamwork and mentorship that have been given to me along the way. I am looking forward to providing that same support and to cheer along the successes of my team members.”
Current and prospective students should reach out to Skaggs if they are interested in the Clay Target Team. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.