Mizzou Trap Academy

Sarah Foster Memorial Trap Academy

  • Overnight residential academies will not be scheduled for 2021. Check back for single-day campus events.  

This will be an exciting opportunity for young rising sophomore, junior and senior shooters (must be entering your sophomore, junior or senior year of high school in the fall of 2019) to learn techniques, leadership, team building, and mental preparation. (If a shooter is active and competitive at the rising freshman level, they also will be considered.)

Our goal is to allow open application, but we will select only 20 shooters. Squads will be formed blending all skill levels of shooters that truly want to improve their shooting in a competitive shooting environment.

This academy is intended for shooters with the desire to shoot and an interest in pursuing a degree in higher education upon graduation from high school from any institution.

Contact for additional information: David Vaught, Ph.D., vaughtdr@missouri.edu

The Trap Academy includes:

  • 300 rounds
  • Focus and Concentration: Mark Brownlee – World-wide coach on mental and physical skills development
  • Techniques: Tyler Schwab – Founder of Mizzou Trap team. He was the Combined American Events Champion in both 2005 and 2006, 3rd individual American Skeet in 2007 and 2nd individual American Trap in 2006 at the ACUI Collegiate National Shoot in San Antonio, TX.
  • Skill development: David Vaught, Ph.D., (Associate Teaching Professor) Parks, Recreation and Tourism – Mizzou Shooting Team Advisor, outdoor writer and national waterfowl pro-staff representative, NRA Level II Shotgun Instructor
  • Skill development: Karla Harrison – Karla’s Husband Leo Harrison III was a 26 time Grand National Champion. Karla has shot competitive trap all her life and works with youth shooters to improve shooting skills. We are excited to have her as a part of the 2019 Mizzou Trap Academy
  • Skill Development: Nathan Walls – Nathan was the 2016 Men’s America Combined Events First Place, Men’s American Skeet Champion and NRA All-American
  • $200 participation fee: includes all rounds, lodging food and campus activities

The Trap Academy is an opportunity to learn skills in a competitive, constructive and fun environment. In combination with shooting, all participants will gain information on programs, scholarships, and ways to advance collegiate study opportunities in Natural Resource Recreation Management, Recreation Management and Sport Management. Students learn focus, concentration, practice routines, stress management, and will be introduced to a number of valuable shooting exercises.

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Selection Process

Shooters will be selected on their active and future pursuit of competitive shooting and interest in higher education. Squads will be selected providing a cross-section of skills, scores, and passion for shooting. Applications will require a written statement with regard to desire to participate in the Trap Academy.

What to bring


Participants and parents will meet at Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports located at Exit 137 approximately 8 miles east of Columbia off of I-70. Turn north on at Exit 137 and drive 1.7 miles to four-way stop and turn left. Go approximately one-half mile to driveway on left for Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports.

Prairie Grove Shotgun Sports
1420 County Road 276
Columbia, MO 65201