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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

Summer Hours

Summer Hours
Monday – Friday 11am – 8pm
Saturday 8am – 7pm
Sunday Closed

Special Hours

Special Hours
May 27 – Memorial day Closed
July 4 – Independence Day 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.


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: 5/5/2019