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2024 Clinics

Meet the Instructors

Meet the instructors that assist with the growth of Iowa SCTP student athletes and coaches.  The Iowa SCTP board's mission is to grow knowledge and shooting sports in the state of Iowa.

Kolton Manning formerly of Maquoketa SCTP and collegiate athlete for Iowa Central Community College; Kolton brings no-nonsense and networking of shooting sports to a new level.  Kolton's accomplishments are many and he has a passion to want to bring youth up with shooting sports.

Nicole Popp formerly of Grinnell SCTP and collegiate athlete for Hawkeye Community College and Wartburg College.  Nicole keeps us grounded and has skills to share her knowledge as it relates to all levels of shooting.

Both Nicole and Kolton have grown through Iowa  SCTP and now as adults have a passion for knowledge sharing with coaches and youth.  Beginning student athletes can join their Trapshooting 101 class in the late winter of 2024.


Come learn Trapshooting basics to build lifelong skills with Kolton and Nicole!

Ben Berka is a an asset to Iowa shooting sports!  
Ben is  currently the Director of Development for Ducks Unlimited and joins the Iowa SCTP instructors as the previous Iowa Department of Natural Resources Shooting Sports Coordinator.  Shooting sports is part of Ben's DNA! Join Ben in NSSA level courses offered in the spring of 2024!

Brendan Appel is a former Iowa SCTP Athlete (DMCC) and collegiate athlete for Lindenwood, MO.


Some of Brendan's accomplishments:

Lifetime Member of the NSSA

2009 SCTP National Skeet Champion (3 Man Team)

2010-2014 Lindenwood Shooting Sports Athlete

8 Iowa State Skeet Titles

16 100's in Registered Skeet Events

2011-2014 ACUI All Around Team National Champion

2011 ACUI Trap Champion (Solo)

31050 Lifetime NSSA Targets

Two Time NSSA All-American

Former ACUI All-American

Former NRA All-American

Level 1 NSSA Instructor

Ryan Smithart began his shooting career with Oskaloosa SCTP Team followed by competing collegiately with Lindenwood, MO and carried his passion for shooting sports and the outdoors to his professional career with Brownell's. 

2011 NSSA All American 1st team Collegiate concurrent

2012 – 2016 ACUI HOA Team National Champion

2013 ACUI International Shootout National Champion

2013 SCTP American Skeet National Champion

2014 ACUI Combined Skeet National Champion

2014 ACUI International Skeet Runner up

2014 ACUI All American

2014 Iowa State .410 bore Champion

2014 World 12 ga A Class Champion

2015 Zone 5 28 ga Champion

2016 Missouri State 20 ga Champion

2016 World Doubles 3rd Place

2016 World 28 ga Runner up

2016 World .410 A Class Champion

2016 World HAA AA Class Champion

2017 Iowa State 12 ga Champion

2017 Iowa State 20 ga Champion

2017 Iowa State 28 ga Champion

2017 Iowa State HOA Champion

2017 Zone 5 20 ga Champion

2017 Zone 5 Doubles Champion

2017 Zone 5 HOA Champion

2017 Wisconsin State 12 ga Champion

2017 Kansas State 28 ga Champion

2017 US Open 28 ga 3rd

2017 US Open HOA 3rd

2017 Mini World Doubles Runner up

2017 NSSA All American Honorable Mention Open Team

2020 Illinois State 20 ga Champion

2020 NSSA All American 1st team Triple Sup concurrent

2020 NSSA 20 ga High Average Runner up .9940

2 Time NSSA Class All American

Former Member of Team USA for International Skeet 2013-2015

51 Registered 100 Straights

Katie Jacob possess extensive experience in the shotgun sports, having embarked her journey within the SCTP framework at the age of 8. Her initial accomplishments in skeet shooting seamlessly translated into achievements in both trap and sporting clays disciplines. Subsequently, her focus shifted towards International Skeet, where she has achieved notable success.

Katie has benefitted from coaching at the highest echelons of the sport!  Now Katie is giving back and sharing her knowledge with Iowa SCTP athletes to help take your game to the next level!  Katie's strong desire to impart the wealth of knowledge she gained to the upcoming generation of shooting enthusiasts can benefit you! 

Katie has distinguished herself with numerous medals on the global stage. Noteworthy accolades include:

  • Junior World Championship title,

  • Individual World Cup Bronze medal,

  • Mixed team Gold,

  • Secured the top spot at the USA Shooting National Championship

Katies joins the 2024 Coach Conference as the Keynote speaker.  Join us at the conference on January 20!

David Miller has over 25 years of experience in the competitive shooting community and has lived to see the sport evolve into the world’s fastest-growing shotgun sport. 

Some of David's Accomplishments are:
Level 3 NSCA Instructor
Two-time Guinness World Record Holder in Clay Shooting
The Most Clay Targets Shot In One Hour - Total 3653
The Most Clay Targets Shot In 12 Hours By A Team of Five – Total 14,167
CZ Shotgun Expert
SCTP Shooting Coach
Multi-State Sporting Clays and F.I.T.A.S.C. Champion
17-year Master Class Competitor
Professional Sporting Clay Course Designer
Pro Shooter for American Bird Hunter TV Series
Mayor Proclamation from the City of Grain Valley, MO
Certificate of Recognition from the Kankakee, IL County State Attorney
NRA Certified Range Safety Officer NRA Certified Shotgun Instructor
Missouri All-State Team: 2010, 201
1, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2023

Gun Fit tutorial that Dave Miller shared in 2024 Coaches Conference

Dr. Will Thomas began his shooting with Des Moines Clay Crushers SCTP Team.  Will possess extensive experience in the shotgun sports, and embarked on his journey within the SCTP framework at the age of 10. His initial accomplishments in skeet shooting seamlessly translated into achievements in both trap and sporting clays disciplines. Subsequently, his focus shifted towards International Skeet, where he achieved notable success.

Will's trajectory encompasses membership in the USAS Junior National Team and World Cup Team. He served as a team captain at Lindenwood University where he notably stood out as an all-around team member and earned multiple honors as a Collegiate All-American in the all-around category. His pinnacle achievement was clinching the combined skeet national championship (both International and American) during his senior year of collegiate study.  Notably, Will is also on the verge of completing his studies in Chiropractic school, where he has adeptly merged his academic pursuits with his passion for shooting sports. This fusion has propelled him to contribute significantly towards elevating the shooting sports domain.

Will has benefitted from coaching at the highest echelons of the sport and wants to help take your game to the next level!

Hank Garvey started 3GE, LLC with his wife Mary to help build bunkers globally and increase the number of bunker/Olympic trap shooters within the sport. He has built innovatively designed bunkers out of both metal and concrete. Based on his extensive experience with numerous bunkers around the globe, his design solutions provide the customer with the best solution for their needs.

Hank is a coach, mentor, leader and innovator. Sharing the sport is an important part of Hank’s life and his volunteer work for various organizations is abundant.

• 3GE, LLC

o Designed and constructed Fort Worth Trap and Skeet bunker

o Designed and consulted with Hillsdale College on their bunkers

o Rewired North Mountain Sportsman’s Club and Texas A&M bunkers

• USA Shooting – Assistant Coach and Master Instructor

o Led USA Shooting Junior Teams to multiple international matches in Germany and Italy

o Rewired and upgraded Olympic Training Center bunkers

o Led Advanced Coach Class for twelve coaches

• New England International Junior Shooting Sports, Inc. – President

o Formed a 501c3 for New England shooting, with purpose of supporting and encouraging the shooting sports for youth athletes

o Raised over 200k and built bunker

o Raised over 2 million dollars and distributed to NE SCTP teams through the MidwayUSA Foundation

o Coached 5 athletes to the USA National Junior Team

• Scholastic Clay Target Program

o NE Regional Field Rep growing teams in NE

o Head Coach of Minute Man Sharpshooters

o Head Coach of Harvard Shooting Team

o Lead Coach for USA Shooting Camps at Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs

o Coach for SCTP International Camps at Cardinal Center

• NRA - National Coach Development Staff

o Taught hundreds of coaches across the US

• Ducks Unlimited Chairman 13 years

o Guest hunter/guide on 3 DU TV Shows

• Youth Hunting Mentor for 30+ years at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

• Lead negotiator for Boston 2024 Olympic Range


Pro Staff and Professional Affiliations:

• Sitka Gear Pro Staff   • Yeti Insider

• Raymarine Pro Ambassador  • NRA Life Member since 1989   • USA Coast Guard 25T Masters License

Paul Wojtaszek is a Program Manager and Six Sigma/Lean expert for Raytheon and lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Adrienne. A 2002 graduate of the Naval Academy, Paul began his coaching career while at the Naval Academy serving to train incoming classes in both rifle and pistol. After leaving the service and moving to the Boston area, he became a NRA certified shotgun Instructor and coached the Minute Man Sharpshooters SCTP youth team and Harvard University’s Skeet and Trap Team. Paul was recognized by USA Shooting in 2016 for his dedication, leadership and ability to develop youth athletes and was designated as a High Performance Development Instructor for USA Shooting. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for New England International Junior Shooting Sports, a charity dedicated to helping youth teams in New England. He is an assistant coach for the Lawrence County SCTP Team, an assistant coach for the SCTP International National Team, and a SCTP Coaches Instructor for developing new and advanced coaches. Paul has also developed and mentored athletes and coaches at oplmpic development camps for USA Shooting and SCTP.


USA Shooting High

Performance Instructor

NRA Shotgun Instructor

SCTP Certified Coach

SCTP Coach development Instructor


2025 Coach Conference: Saturday, January 18! 
       Register before Jan 9, 2025

The annual Iowa SCTP coach conference is a method to network with peers, keep updated on the program, knowledge sharing and be the first to learn about upcoming clinics will help with your understanding of the games and ability to coach them. 

The Iowa SCTP, Inc Board assists Iowa coaches and athletes through training and education. A variety of coach and athlete trainings available, and clinicians and locations vary annually. 

We also have an ability to learn virtually;


The Iowa SCTP, Inc sets up clinics for athletes and coaches.  In addition the Iowa SCTP, Inc helps to offset a significant amount of the costs associated with clinics.  Below offers a glimpse of clinics.


Clinics that the Iowa SCTP hosted in the past include:

  • Basic Shotgun Coach Course

  • Doubles Trap Clinic

  • Specialized American Trap Clinic

  • International Skeet Clinic

  • International Bunker Trap Clinics

  • NSSA Level 1 Shotgun Coach Class

SCTP registered coaches and athletes are eligible for 50% reimbursement for classes.  Submit those requests to Chris VanGorp or the Iowa SCTP board, and the Iowa SCTP Treasurer will process.

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Learn virtually; learn through our YouTube shooting sports channel


Previous Clinics

Shotgun Sports College Preparation Clinics |  September 23 & 24, 2023
Saturday clinic is full - sign up for Sunday Sept 24
New Pioneer Gun Club Waukee, IA (Sponsored by Iowa SCTP, Inc.)


Shotgun Athlete Collegiate Prep Clinic: All ages welcome, especially high school athletes who are planning to or interested in competing in college. One day clinic with Instructors Katie Jacob and Will Thomas.
What to expect and look for in collegiate shooting

  •  Basics of skeet doubles and sporting clays

  •  Gun set up for different disciplines

  •  Eyes and lenses

  •  Gun fit, posture, stance for each discipline

  •  Movement and barrel awareness

  •  When and how to make changes

  •  Training to be an all-around shooter

  •  Mental game

  •  Coming up with a plan for a target presentation using natural point of aim

  •  Applying concepts on the field

Cost: $100 (in state Iowa SCTP Coaches) (out of state coaches is an additional $150 per coach)

This is a classroom and shooting clinic. Targets and lunch are provided by Iowa SCTP (bring a flat of shells). 

Advanced Coach Clinic |  2 day Clinic - October 28 & 29, 2023
Otter Creek Sportsman's Club, Cedar Rapids, IA (Sponsored by Iowa SCTP, Inc.)


Advanced Principles: What they are, how they affect the shot, and how to coach them for your teams.

Goals: Developing goals for teams and athletes from beginner to advanced.

Training Plans: Developing more effective practices/training plans.

Seeing the Target: Advanced vision techniques

Diagnosing your athletes and team: Identify issues, communicate proper corrections for lasting results

Maximize your time on the range: Effectively manage your practices using drills and plans for maximum results

Preparing your team for competitions: How to win the mental game - pressure training, match prep


Course includes fieldwork with coaches and athletes

(real-time application of new techniques).  Please bring a student athlete the later part of the 2nd day of the course.

Cost: $150 (in state Iowa SCTP Coaches) (out of state coaches is an additional $150 per coach)

This is a classroom and shooting clinic. Targets and lunch are provided by Iowa SCTP (bring a flat of shells). 


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