I have been shooting shotguns since I was 8 years old, but only got involved in competitive clay target shooting about 2003. I have been coaching St. Mary's since 2013, and like all high school shooting coaches, I am trained and certified by the National Rifle Association.
Working with St. Mary's girls has been the zenith in a lifetime of participation in various shooting sports. While some might consider trap shooting "non-traditional" for high school girls, consider that the top two clay target shooters in the world are American women who came out of the Scholastic Clay Target Program, the same program in which St. Mary's competes. Be assured the St. Mary's girls are very competitive, and have the trophies and medals to prove it.
My name is Boyd Wade and I am the assistant coach of the St. Mary’s Trap Shooting Team. I am also the father of St. Mary’s student, Larson Wade (2016).
I started out shooting BB guns when I was a kid and graduated to shotgun shooting around 10 years old. I was trained early in my shooting career to appreciate the hand – eye coordination of this discipline.
I am the past vice president of the Shelby County Coaches Association and trained and certified by the National Rifle Association. In addition to these credentials, I have completed all of the required coaching courses for the National Federation of State High School Association.
In 2009, my older daughter, Chaney Wade really needed a sport to play at St. Mary’s. The sports that were available really did not fit her personality. So the St. Mary’s Trap Team was formed with only 6 girls. Our goal is to safely teach our girls to competitively shoot trap. Probably the best side effect and the real reason I helped start the team is so that I can spend more time with my daughters.