CAPTAIN EDWARD F. ETZEL, JR.
ROLL OF HONOR QUALIFICATIONS
1972 NRA Collegiate All American – First Team
1973 NRA Collegiate All American – First Team
1974 NRA Collegiate All American – First Team
1975 CISM Team, Oulu, Finland. (1st in 300m 3x20 Std Rifle. Two Gold team medals.)
1975 National 300m Standard Rifle Champion.
1975 NRA Distinguished Smallbore Rifle Badge - Position
1975 U.S. Army Rifle Excellence-in-Competition Badge - Bronze
1975 National Trophy Rifle Team Championship, Camp Perry, Ohio.
1977 National Men’s Air Rifle Champion.
1977 Championships of the Americas Team – Mexico City, Mexico. (Gold in 50m 3x40, Gold team medal in 50m 3x40, Silver team medal in 10m Air Rifle.)
1977 United States Distinguished International Shooter Badge
1978 World Shooting Championships – Seoul, Korea. (Gold team medals in 50m 3x40 and standing.)
1979 National Men’s Air Rifle Champion.
1979 Pan American Games – San Juan, P.R. (Gold team medals in 10m Air Rifle and 50m 3x40.)
1983 National Indoor Smallbore 3x40 Champion.
1983 National 50m Free Rifle Prone Champion.
1983 World Air Gun Championships – Innsbruck, Austria.
1984 National 50m Free Rifle Prone Champion.
1984 National 50m Free Rifle 3x40 Champion.
1984 Olympic Games – Los Angeles. Olympic Champion in 50m Free Rifle Prone.
1984 Olympic Games – Los Angeles. Tied World Record in 50m Free Rifle Prone 40 shots.
Born in 6 September 1952 in New Haven, CT. Started shooting in Boy Scouts at age 10 and then joined the Jack Lacey Junior Rifle Club in New Haven. Became Connecticut State Junior Rifle Champion at age 12.
Attended Tennessee Tech University on a rifle scholarship. Helped win two National Collegiate Rifle Team Championships and was elected team captain twice. National Civilian Smallbore Rifle Position Champion at Camp Perry. Elected to the TTU Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.
Commissioned in March 1974, he graduated from Medical Service Corps Officer Basic Course and was assigned to the 197th Infantry Brigade at Fort Benning, GA. Shot with the National Trophy Group in 1975 and was later assigned to the USAMU International Rifle Section.
Left Active Duty in July 1976 to become the West Virginia University Rifle Coach and attend Graduate School. Coached from 1976-89, turning in a 101-3 career coaching record. He coached over 30 WVU All-Americans and guided his teams to five NCAA Rifle Championships. Ed has served on the NCAA Rifle Committee since it was created in 1979 and as the Secretary-Rules Editor since 1983. He received his M.S. in Physical Education in 1979 and Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology in 1989. Member of the winning 1977 NRA Lord Earl Roberts Team, Bisley, England.
Ed is a licensed psychologist and is listed on the U.S. Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry. He serves as the psychologist for the WVU Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and is the NCAA CHAMPS/Lifeskills program coordinator at WVU. He is also an associate professor in the Department of Sport Studies and a staff member of the WVU Carruth Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. He has been a staff member on numerous International Shooting Sport Federation Class B and Class C Coach Schools around the world. He edited and published Counseling college student-athletes: Issues and interventions (1991, 2nd ed. 1996). Ed has had many articles in the UIT Journal, NRA InSights, Shooting Sports USA, Sports Psychology Training Bulletin, and Athlete’s Academic Newsletter. He is Chair, Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP) Ethics Committee and a reviewer for the Academic Athletic Journal and Journal of Applied Sport Psychology. Ed was a member of the USAR International Rifle Team from 1976 to 1984.