East Tennessee State University. Rifle Team
Riflery became a sport at East Tennessee State University in 1952 when a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program was begun. Members of the military science faculty served as coaches for the team until 1977 when Ray Carter became the first civilian coach. Carter remained as coach until 1984; at that time, Paul Anderson began coaching the team.
The rifle team was oriented to International-Shooting Union (ISU) standards and sought to train shooters for the United States international shooting teams. Team members have participated in the World Championships, the Pan American Games, the Championships of the Americas, and the Benito Juarez Games. Riflery developed into a major sport at the university. The team won the National Intercollegiate Team Championships three successive years, 1973-1975. The team also produced many All-Americans.
The riflery program was disbanded in the spring of 1986 due to budgetary pressures.