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.
|Monday – Friday||1pm – 9pm|
|Saturday||8am – 7pm|
January 20 (MLK)
1pm – 7pm
|March 16 – 20||See Break Hours Below|
May 25 (Memorial Day)
July 3, 4 (Independence Day)
|Monday – Friday||1pm – 8pm|
|Saturday||8am – 7pm|
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.
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, 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 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.
Bryce Muhlenberg is The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Hunting and Shooting Education Specialist for South East Georgia. He has been an outdoors-man his entire life and has enjoyed hiking, backpacking, hunting and shooting all over the country.
Sam SuderSam 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charli AllenCharli 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.
Last updated: 1/24/2020