Coach Eric Tollefson, Level 4 NTS
Eric started shooting archery as a junior at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Finding he had a good “eye” for good shooting form, and needing college credit hours, Eric began teaching the P.E./archery class in his senior year, thus starting a lifelong love of the sport.
During the years following graduation, Eric continued to shoot as time allowed and in his 40s, began to shoot Olympic style recurve with Level 4 Coach Mike Burnham, currently Head Coach for Long Beach State's collegiate team. As his abilities improved, he began to shoot in local events in California until eventually reaching the national level in the Senior Games.
In working with Coach Mike, Eric learned more about the B.E.S.T. Method (Biomechanically Efficient Shooting Technique) developed by Coach KiSik Lee, the US National Head Coach, and took the course to become a Level 2 Instructor. A desire to learn more led to the Level 3 Coach Course in 2006 and finally to the Level 4 NTS Coach Course in March of 2011. At this point in time there are less than 100 Level 4 Coaches in the US.
The Level 4 Course was taught by Coach Lee and, because of his knowledge and teaching ability, Eric was invited to work with the young archers in Coach Lee's JOAD group in Long Beach, CA. During his time there, Eric gained an exceptional insight into what it takes to develop top level archers.
As Head Coach in Yankton, Eric will work with all levels of archers, with special focus on developing nationally ranked shooters from within the JOAD and college ranks.
Coach Chris Hirsch, Level 3 NTS
Chris Hirsch began practicing archery at age 11 in preparation for bow hunting season. He was encouraged to join the sport by his father, who is an avid archery hunter. Chris soon developed a passion for archery after his first several seasons of bow hunting in Northern Minnesota. While working at his first job in a local pro shop, the desire to learn more about the sport only grew.
Chris worked at the pro shop through high school before moving on to other archery-related positions. During college, Chris worked as a bow tech in three different archery shops in the Midwest. He was also the manager of the archery department in a large sporting goods store.
After graduating college in 2009, Chris moved to Colorado and worked for a newly built archery store. He assisted with the completion of construction on the building, and was there when the doors opened. During his three years in Colorado, he gained his instructor certification with USA archery.
In the spring of 2013, Chris spotted an opportunity to take his coaching to a higher level at the Yankton archery complex. He packed up his belongings and moved from Colorado to South Dakota. After arriving in Yankton, he completed his Level 3 NTS training.
Chris’ love of archery extends to every part of the sport: from hunting to target shooting, from tuning a bow to teaching shooting fundamentals. During his time in Yankton, he hopes to share his passion for archery with archers of all levels with an interest in joining the sport.
The NFAA Easton Yankton Archery Complex offers multiple Level 1 & 2 NTS instructors. These instructors are available for individual and group lessons and archery parties. Have a scout group, local club or family outing? Call us today to schedule an archery lesson at 605-260-9282.