Daemen Athletics Forms Club Archery Team

By | April 18, 2023

Daemen University Athletics has launched a new club sport archery team. The team is a registered member within the USA Archery Collegiate Club Program and offers a new opportunity for Daemen students to enhance their co-curricular experience on campus while developing transferable skills, social connections, and lifelong memories. 

The current roster is comprised of 13 athletes who practice weekly under the guidance of USA Archery Level 2 Certified Instructor Jeff Pippard. Pippard oversees the development of the athletes safety and equipment knowledge, overall shooting technique, and general mastery of the sport.

“I am excited to work with the students at Daemen University,” Pippard said. “Archery is a great sport that develops focus, discipline, and dedication – all qualities that will benefit the students throughout their time on campus and beyond.”

All equipment is provided by the university. Daemen was one of six institutions across the nation awarded the 2022 Collegiate Archery Program Grant and received approximately $5,000 worth of equipment, including multiple targets, stands, recurve bows, arrows, and various other accessories.

“We are thrilled to launch this new club sport team and provide our students with an exciting new opportunity to engage in athletics,” said Traci Murphy, director of athletics. “We look forward to seeing the team grow and succeed in the years to come.”

The archery team is open to all interested students at the beginning of each semester, regardless of skill level. Participants can enjoy the sport recreationally or actively prepare for collegiate archery program events, including local, state, and national tournaments. USA Archery Virtual Tournaments also offer the chance to test one’s skills against archers across the country without leaving the Daemen campus. 

“Students joining the club archery team can build a deeper connection to this institution as they train for the opportunity to represent Daemen in intercollegiate competition,” Bret Stothart, Director of Recreation and Wellness, said. “As interest in the sport of archery continues to increase, we hope to offer more and more students the chance to grow and connect through participation in this lifelong sport.”

Current and prospective students interested in joining the team can contact Stothart at bstothar@daemen.edu.