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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

Fall 2019 Hours

Fall Hours
Monday – Friday 1pm – 9pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday 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.

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, S3DA Advanced Instructor, 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.

Cassy Pelton

Cassy PeltonCassy 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:

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

Last updated: 8/21/2019