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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

Floor Plan


Operational Hours – August 13 – November 18

Regular Hours
Monday – Friday 11am – 9pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday 1pm – 7pm

Special Hours

Special Hours
Monday, Sept 3 11am – 7pm
Nov 21 & 22 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.

Porter Ownbey

Porter OwnbeyPorter Ownbey comes to the Shooting Sports Education Center as the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Hunting & Shooting Education Specialist. Originally from Suwanee, Georgia, Porter received his degree in Outdoor Recreation here at Georgia Southern University after years spent as the Vice President of the Bass Fishing Team and even as a student employee here at the SSEC. Following an internship with the New York Department of Environmental Conservation, Porter is back to serve his home state by providing hunting and shooting education programs across Georgia. As a NASP Basic Archery Instructor, NRA Level 1 Shotgun Instructor, and avid hunter & fisherman, Porter continues to share his love of the outdoors.


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 3 NTS, USA Judge Certification, and NASP Basic Instructor Certification. Cassy is driven to impart her passion of archery on young archers across the country.


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.

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.

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

Last updated: 11/8/2018