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About the Facility

The Georgia Southern University Shooting Sports Education Center (SSEC) is a partnership with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The 30,000 square foot facility is open to the public and equipped to serve a variety of shooting sports interests through the 16 lane, 25 meter firing range, 16 lane, 25 meter archery center, and two training / seminar rooms.

The purpose of the facility is to provide a hub for the shooting sports in southeast Georgia. Through instructional programs, training classes, recreation, competition, and special events we expect to serve a variety of individuals from youth, adults, students, law enforcement, hunters, 1st time shooters, elite athletes, all groups interested in participating and learning more about the shooting sports.

This facility and its programs would not be possible without the commitment to the project from Georgia Southern University, The Georgia Department of Natural Resources – Wildlife Resources Division, City of Statesboro, Easton Sports Development Foundation, and the Archery Trade Association.

The SSEC is located in a school safety zone. Therefore, all users must first become a member to utilize the facility unless they are participating in a training program or competition.

Our Location

Floor Plan


Operational Hours – January 8 – May 6

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday 1pm – 7pm
Special Hours
January 15 – MLK Day 11am – 7pm
Spring Break March 11 – 18 11am – 8pm
April 1 Closed

SSEC Staff

Matt Horst

Matt HorstMatt Horst has been involved with the center since its inception, where he guided it from idea to completion as part of the SSEC development and design team. Previous to this appointment, Matt served as the Director of Recreation Programs and Risk Management for 9 years with Campus Recreation & Intramurals, and 4 years as the Intramural and Club Sports Director at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Matt earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and his Master’s degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition to his passion for shooting sports, Matt is a high school football and basketball sports official.

DJ Hoessle

DJ HoessleDJ Hoessle joins the Shooting Sport Education Center from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Campus Recreation program. Prior to this, DJ served with the US Army as a Green Beret, where he developed an extensive proficiency with a wide range of firearms. As a USCCA Counselor and NRA Instructor, DJ instructs both the safe shooter courses, as well as the ever popular United States Concealed Carry Association Course, which he feels is essential for anyone who seeks to be a safe and effective firearms owner.

Holly Edgar

Holly EdgarHolly Edgar is a graduate of Western Carolina University with a BSBA in Marketing. It was through her son’s interest in archery that Holly became active in the archery community; in 2006 Holly became a 4-H SAFE Certified Instructor and Chaperone and began coaching the Evans County 4-H/JOAD Archery Team as a volunteer for the next 10 years. Holly’s current certifications include: USA Archery Level 4 NTS Coach Certification, USA Archery Judge and NASP Basic Archery Instructor. Holly has worked tirelessly to grow the sport of archery in youth and adults by being an instructor and advocate through the Southeast.

Trevor Stewart

Trevor StewartTrevor Stewart is from Woodstock, GA and a Level 3 NTS Coach with USA Archery. Trevor earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication – Film Production from Biola University in La Mirada, CA, where he discovered his passion for archery. During college, he competed with US Collegiate Archery and now continues to compete in various USA Archery events. Trevor has a passion for growing the sport of archery; he has been coaching and teaching archery for nearly 9 years and specializes in Olympic Recurve shooting.

Emily Stuchell

Emily StuchellEmily Stuchell is from Waterford, Connecticut where she began competitively shooting at the age of eleven with her family. Beginning with Cowboy Action Shooting, she moved on to compete in the clay target sports at the age of seventeen. She was recruited by the top collegiate shotgun program in the country, Lindenwood University Shotgun Sports of Saint Charles, Missouri, and gained four ACUI Collegiate Clay Target National Championships. While at Lindenwood she received a BA in English Literature and Art History. She joins the SSEC as a graduate assistant, studying to receive her MPA. Emily is passionate about the shooting sports, having participated and coached in multiple youth programs such as the Scholastic Clay Target Program. She is excited to spend two years learning as much as she can about firearms and firearm safety and looks forward to teaching at the Shooting Sports Education Center.

Alex Schenk

Alex SchenkAlex Schenk joins the staff of the SSEC as a Graduate Assistant after a long history of patronage at the facility during his undergrad here at Georgia Southern University. Graduating Cum Laude with a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, he is continuing his education in the Master of Science in Experimental Psychology, with plans to continue to a Doctoral program at completion. He is an avid archer holding Level 2 NTS certifications and NASP BAI certifications. A Veteran of the United States Army, Alex’s love of teaching and marksmanship brings motivation and fun to the learning environment.

Thanksgiving Break
Nov 20 – 27Monday, Tuesday, Friday11am – 8pmWednesday, ThursdayCLOSEDSaturday8am – 7pmSundays1pm – 7pm

Last updated: 1/9/2018