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Coach, State Advisor Mark Burgess Passes

We regret to report the passing of longtime SCTP coach and state advisor for Indiana, Mark Burgess, on Monday, December 15. Burgess was active in the shooting sports in Indiana and coach of the Hoosier Daddys shooting team.Mark Burgess

Burgess was recently instrumental in helping to facilitate and encourage the formation of the new Indiana SCTP league.

“Mark was a very nice guy, always making jokes and laughing,” said Tom Wondrash, SCTP Director. “He will be sadly missed from our program, his team, and his family.”

On the team’s Facebook page, another of the team’s coaches commented, “He was a great man who would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it, and he was an embodiment of the ROOTS program we preach as coaches. He would gladly drop what he was doing to help someone in need and he always did the job right.”

Burgess’ son Jeffrey posted a loving tribute to his father about his passion for coaching. “Each and every one of you brought so much joy to my father and he looked forward to seeing you all continue to grow in the sport that he loved so much. We all will miss him very much. Please continue to think about all the lessons and advice he gave. It truly was his honor to be your coach. The next time you are out on the field, you call for your bird, pull the trigger just an instant before you think you should and magically that target rises up enough to knock a chip off of it, just know it was probably my Dad, your coach, and your shooting angel giving you just that last bit of help. God bless you all and thank you for filling my Dad’s heart with so much joy while he was your coach.”

Mark Burgess was preceded in death by his wife, Linda Jo Burgess. Survivors include children Jeffrey Burgess and Stephani (Allen) Burgess.

A visitation will be held this Friday, December 19 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Wilson St. Pierre in Greenwood, IN, with a funeral at the same location on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Coach Joe Meis Death

On behalf of the Scholastic Pistol Program / Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation, we are saddened to announce the death of longtime SSSF supporter Joe Meis. Joe was on his way to the SPP Nationals in Sparta, IL on July 19 and was involved in an automobile accident.

Joe was one of the founding coaches of the Arnold Junior Shooters (Missouri) SPP and SCTP teams. He also assisted many other teams in the area.

“Joe was greatly respected in the Eastern Missouri/Western Illinois shooting family and was responsible for several generations of shooters,” said Scott Moore, SPP Director. “We are very grateful for all he gave to youth shooting sports. He will be missed.”

SCTP Coach Jennifer Hudson Passes Away

The Scholastic Clay Target Program joins with friends and family of Jennifer Hudson of Virginia in mourning her passing on June 21, 2014. Jennifer was an SCTP head coach and Coordinator of the Freeland 4-H Shooting Club for nine years.

Jennifer was proud of all of the kids that were part of the 4-H shooting team and was honored to share her love and knowledge of shooting with them. Jennifer also served as Vice President of Arrowhead Gun Club in Chase City, Va.

Jennifer was the postmaster in Baskerville, VA, and worked for the United States Postal System for 31 years. During this time, she became a beacon of support in the Baskerville community, helping countless neighbors and friends in any way that she could. Jennifer’s strong desire to help others will always be remembered.

Click here for her full obituary and information on memorial contributions.

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