Coach Jon Hammond, an Aberdeen, Scotland native, has led the West Virginia Rifle program for the past 13 seasons, implementing a strategy for success that has seen six national championships in 11 seasons, 10 individual NCAA titles, 10 consecutive Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) Championships, six undefeated seasons, 152 All-America honors and 13 CoSIDA Academic All-America recognitions. Additionally, Hammond has overseen the careers of multiple Olympians, including 2016 Gold Medalists Ginny Thrasher and Nicco Campriani.
The Mountaineers enjoyed an incredible run from 2013-17 winning 5 consecutive NCAA National Championships, while also taking home 7 of the 10 possible Individual Championships in that time frame. As well as the success on the range, the Rifle team has consistently excelled in the classroom. Under Hammond 79 Mountaineers have earned a spot on the annual CRCA All-Academic Honor list, while Elizabeth Gratz took home back to back Elite 90 awards in 2017/2018 as the student athlete with the highest GPA performing at the NCAA Championships.
In addition to coaching, Hammond competed internationally for more than a decade, including the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games, representing the Great Britain national team. One of his highlights was representing Scotland at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, where he became the most successful Scottish Athlete in a single Commonwealth Games at the time, winning four medals – two Gold, one Silver and one Bronze.
Hammond holds his bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Leeds (2002), along with his masters in Sports Management from WVU (2004).
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