Rifle Members Earn All-Conference Honors
Feb. 28, 2018
OXFORD, Miss. – At the Great American Rifle Conference Championships this past weekend in Morgantown, West Virginia, the conference handed out the regular season GARC awards with several members of the Ole Miss rifle team earning All-GARC honors and both coaches picking up awards.
The Rebels posted a 6-2 record in GARC and finished third in the regular season standings behind No. 1 West Virginia and No. 3 Kentucky. It marked the Rebels’ highest finish in the GARC regular season.
Three Rebels Earn All-GARC Honors…
Gardner, of Bellville, Texas, posted a 577.63 average in GARC matches, while Buesseler (Stacy, Minnesota), finished with a 577.0 average.
Haig (Constableville, New York) earned the honor for the second time in her career in air rifle. She posted a 590.00 average in GARC matches with a personal best 595 against No.1 West Virginia. Haig contributed a 593 in the win against Nebraska.
In addition to earning All-GARC Honorable Mention in smallbore, Buesseler was named a GARC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Beasley Named Coach of the Year…
“I am honored that my peers voted me coach of the year,” Beasley said. “This is a reflection of the hard work by the team and JP and the progress that we’ve made.”
In two years, she has transformed the program to one competing for an NCAA bid right down to the end this year. The Rebels posted the most wins in school history with a 7-5 overall record, 6-2 in GARC and finished third in the regular season GARC standings. Ole Miss set the school record with a 4687 in the match against Alaska-Fairbanks.
From 1990-2006, Beasley was the head rifle coach at West Virginia leading the program to eight NCAA national championships. In her first year as head coach, the Mountaineers won the first of four consecutive NCAA titles (1990-93) and repeated the feat from 1995-98.
Jean-Pierre Lucas Takes Home Assistant Coach of the Year…
“Overall, I was very happy with the way the team worked together this season,” Lucas said. “They worked hard and stayed focused on our team mission throughout the entirety of the season. It was nice to not only see the team get an award for our GARC season wins but also to see some team members earn individual awards.”
“We have seen the forward progress of the program during Marsha’s tenure,” said deputy athletics director Lynnette Johnson. “It confirms what our program is doing and the respect Marsha’s peers have for her to be voted Coach of the Year. JP has been a great addition to our staff this year, and he is well deserving of his Assistant Coach of the Year recognition.”
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