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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 rooms.

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

Our facility and programs would not be possible without the commitment 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

Facility Hours
Monday – Friday 1pm – 9pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday Closed

Labor Day HolidaySept 171-7pm
Thanksgiving BreakNov 23 - 241-8pm
Nov 25 - 26Closed
Nov 271-8pm
Nov 288am-7pm
Nov 29Closed
Holiday BreakDec 7 - 22
Monday - Friday

Dec 23 - 27Closed
Dec 28 - 301-8pm
Jan 1 - 3Closed
Jan 4 - 101-8pm
Jan 118am-7pm
MLK HolidayJan 181-7pm
Spring BreakMarch 15 - 191-8pm
Memorial DayMay 24Closed
Independence DayJuly 5Closed

SSEC Staff

Matt Horst
Matt Horst

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.

Ashley MacAllister
Ashley MacAllister

Ashley MacAllister joined the center in 2020, previously coaching the University of Nebraska-Lincoln rifle team and Puerto Rico National and Olympic team for 5 years. Before that, she was the assistant coach for the University of Kentucky rifle team and Graduate assistant coach for the Murray State Rifle Team. Ashley was a competitive archery athlete herself, starting in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP). She was a two-time archery national champion before switching her focus to rifle and joining the Murray State University rifle team. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Murray State University. Ashley’s husband works with the Men’s basketball program here at GA Southern, the couple have one son, Ezekiel and one daughter, Adeline.

Cassy Pelton
Cassy Pelton

Cassy Pelton graduated from Georgia Southern University with a BS in Biology in May 2018. She worked as a Student Assistant at the Shooting Sports Education Center since its opening in 2015. Cassy began shooting archery at the age of 14. She competed on her local 4-H Team, Emmanuel College’s Varsity Team, and then Southern Eagles Archery at Georgia Southern. During her time at Georgia Southern she had the privilege of representing the United States of America at the 2016 World Team Championships in Ankara, Turkey. Her current archery certifications include: USA Archery Level 4 NTS, USA Judge Certification, S3DA Advanced Instructor, and NASP Basic Instructor Certification. Cassy is driven to impart her passion of archery on young archers across the country.


Sam Suder
Sam Suder
Sam Suder is from Bucks County, Pennsylvania where he began hunting and shooting at age 10 with the help of his family. His love for the outdoors and hunting are what have fueled his love for archery and shooting. Sam attended Millersville University of Pennsylvania where he received a BS in Manufacturing Engineering. He is joining the SSEC as the graduate assistant while studying to receive his MS in Engineering Management. Sam loves to hunt, shoot trap, and get new people interested in hunting, fishing, shooting, and the outdoors. He is excited to be here at Georgia Southern and the SSEC to learn and teach as much as possible about archery, firearms, and safety. Contact:

Charli Allen
Charli Allen
Charli Allen is from Carrollton, Georgia where she grew up taking trips to the farm to learn how to shoot with family. As a child she loved to shoot and hunt; taking the position at the SSEC has enabled her to learn more about firearms and archery. Charli attended Georgia Southwestern State University where she was a member of the women’s tennis team and obtained her undergraduate degree in accounting. She is joining the SSEC as a graduate assistant, while striving to complete the MAcc program within a year. Charli is thrilled to be a student at Georgia Southern and be a part of the SSEC family.

Colton Williamson
Charli Allen
Cole Williamson is from Brooks County, Georgia where he grew up shooting and hunting with his family. At the age of 13 he began shooting competitively in clay target sports with the 4H S.A.F.E. Team. Cole attended Georgia Southern University and received a BBA in Accounting in May of 2020. During his undergraduate career, he worked as a Student Assistant at the Shooting Sports Education Center. Now, he has returned to the SSEC as a graduate assistant while pursuing his Masters of Accounting degree. Cole is excited to spend another year teaching and continuing to learn about shooting and firearm safety at the Georgia Southern Shooting Sports Education Center.

Last updated: 12/10/2020