Rifle Announces New Assistant Coach
Sept. 12, 2017

OXFORD, Miss. -- Jean-Pierre (JP) Lucas, former All-American and member of the 5-time reigning NCAA Rifle Champions, West Virginia University, has joined the Ole Miss rifle program as assistant coach. 

A native of Speers, Pennsylvania, Lucas held the honor of being the first tryout freshman to earn a spot on the WVU rifle team under Coach Jon Hammond. In 2014, as a redshirt freshman Lucas competed in the Great America Rifle Conference Championships placing 3rd in smallbore (587) with a final score of (441).  

As team captain for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, Lucas led the Mountaineers to two NCAA Championship titles.  During his collegiate career he earned All-American honors nine times, including NRA First Team Smallbore and CRCA Second Team his senior year.  Other accomplishments include finishing in 3rd in smallbore (583), and 5th in air rifle (593) at the 2016 GARC Championships.

 "I am very happy to have JP Lucas become part of the Ole Miss rifle program," head coach Marsha Beasley said. "JP was an exceptionally hard worker in college and was successful at the highest level of NCAA competition.  As a five-year member of the team that won NCAAs each of those years, he has an excellent understanding of what it takes to win.  He was a two-year captain, which is significant.  He comes highly recommended by his coach, Jon Hammond, who credits JP's leadership and continual management of small problems as key factors in the WVU Rifle Team's success.

I know JP will bring the same energy, commitment and focus to his work at Ole Miss.  Over the last three years, I had the chance to observe JP when he coached various camps at WVU.  He is very knowledgeable and is able to communicate the technical aspects of rifle very well.  He is passionate about shooting, but at the same time his leadership style is easy going and positive. He will be a huge asset for us and I look forward to working with him. "  

Lucas has been successful in open competition as well. He placed 2nd in the Men's 50 meter 3 position final at the 2016 National Championships.  

Lucas has represented team USA in multiple World Cups and international matches such as the 2014 Bavarian Air Rifle Championship in Munich, Germany and the 2015 ISSF World Cup in Seoul, Korea. 

"One thing that I always pride myself on is my work ethic. I will do whatever it takes to put my team first and work with Marsha and the Ole Miss staff to create the best team we can," Lucas said. "I was lucky enough to be a walk on to the West Virginia University team. At that time, I was just trying to make the team and everyone on the team pushed me to not only try to become one of the best shooters on the team, but to become one of the best shooters in the country. I think that's something I can take and apply it to any aspect of life, not only in coaching, but in all life aspects. It's not all just about trophies and materialistic things, but what it takes to get there. It's the hard work that pays off and hard work is what really separates the good shooters from the best shooters. It's about how bad you want it and what you're willing to commit to." 

Lucas graduated an Academic All-Big 12 and CRCA All-Academic student from WVU in May of 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Petroleum & Natural Gas Engineering. When he's not at the range, Lucas enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting. 

For more information on Ole Miss Rifle, follow the Rebels on Twitter at @OleMissRifle, on Facebook at OleMissRifle and on Instagram @OleMissRifle.



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