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 an Approved User to utilize the facility unless they are participating in a training program or competition.
Starting August 15
Monday – Thursday9am – 10pmFriday9am – 9pmSaturday8am – 7pmSunday1pm – 10pm
|Monday – Friday||11am – 8pm|
|Saturday||8am – 7pm|
|Sunday||1pm – 7pm|
|Monday – Thursday||9am – 10pm|
|Friday||9am – 9pm|
|Saturday||8am – 7pm|
|Sunday||1pm – 10pm||Spring Break Hours
March 11 – 19
|Saturdays||8am – 7pm|
|Sundays||1pm – 7pm|
|Monday – Friday||11am – 8pm|
Matt 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 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 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 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.
Lucas Mashtare, with Georgia Department of Natural Resources, is a Basic Archery Instructor Trainer Specialist, located at the Shooting Sports Education Center. As a partner, Lucas provides a wide range of hunting and shooting programs across the southeast region. These programs include, but are not limited to the National Archery in the Schools Program, the Scholastic Clay Target Program and Hunter Education. Lucas previously served in the United States Army and later graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Outdoor Recreation & Sports Management. Lucas is currently certified as a NASP Basic Archery Instructor, NRA Instructor and Hunter Education Instructor.
Tanner L. Munck, a graduate of the University of North Georgia with a degree in Physical Education, is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Exercise Science. Tanner is an NRA Basic Pistol Instructor and Chief Range Safety Officer, who strives to train more confident and competent shooting sports enthusiasts through educational and instructional programs.
Nov 20 – 27Monday, Tuesday, Friday11am – 8pmWednesday, ThursdayCLOSEDSaturday8am – 7pmSundays1pm – 7pm
Last updated: 3/2/2017