Rifle Gets New Leader

Jon Hammond has been named head rifle coach at West Virginia University, athletic director Ed Pastilong announced today. He will begin his duties on June 1.

"I'm really excited about working with our current team members and newcomers to improve their performances, and ultimately getting us back at the top of the national standings," says Hammond. "I look forward to getting started."

Hammond has extensive experience as an international competitor. He was the world junior prone champion in 1998, and has competed as a member of the Great Britain and Scottish national teams at world, European and Commonwealth championships. He shot for WVU from 2002-03 while working on his master's degree.

"We're very pleased that Jon is coming on board as our full-time rifle coach," says Pastilong. "As a WVU graduate, he has first-hand knowledge of the success and tradition of our rifle program."

A 2002 graduate of the University of Leeds with a bachelor's degree in geography, he earned a master's degree in sport management from WVU in 2004. Hammond is a native of Aberdeen, Scotland.

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