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NRA Level 1 Coach Training

Date & Registration Details

As of 10/8/2019 we have moved to a wait list for these courses.
PLEASE sign up on the wait list as you will be the first contacted when a new course is scheduled.

Pistol - FULL
Fri, Nov  15* & Sat, Nov 16
*Candidates are to arrive no later than 2:30 pm  Friday, Nov 15.
The course will conclude on Saturday mid afternoon upon completion of test.

Air Rifle & Small-bore - FULL
Sat, Nov 16* & Sun, Nov  17
*Candidates are required to arrive no later than 1 pm on Saturday, Nov 16.
The course will conclude on Sunday evening upon completion of test.

Register by clicking links above.
Seating is limited to 20 people PER course.  A wait list is avaliable so if it is showing no seats, please add your name to the wait list.  

Course Fees: Adult or Jr. Trainer

1 – Course (either Pistol or Rifle)
TSRA Member: $150
Non-TSRA Member: $200

2 – Courses (completion of both certifications)

TSRA Member: $275
Non-TSRA Member: $350
TSRA Membership number must be provided and vetted.

Payment: Cash or Check, Credit card payments will be accepted with an additional $5 service fee.

Payment is due in full to secure your place in the class and is NON-REFUNDABLE or TRANSFERABLE. 

Course Description

The Level 1 Coach course is endorsed by CMP, Scholastic Action Shooting Program and USA Shooting. The course includes lessons on Safety and Risk Management, Rulebook Use and Etiquette, Coaching Ethics, Pistol Shooting Fundamentals, Coaching Methodology, Mental Training, Training Planning, and Building Successful Programs. The fee includes a coaching study guide, other printed materials, instruction, and credentialing as a Level 1 NRA Coach for your desired discipline.

  • All NRA course materials
  • Meals, snacks and water
  • Loaner equipment to complete practical exercises.
  • NRA initial two-year credential as a Level 1 Pistol Coach upon successfully completion of the course
  • TSRA membership if you do not have a current – see above feesFee does NOT include ANY travel-related expenses
Attendees are requested to bring the following items:
  • Single 2”~ 3 ring binder for course materials
  • Eye & Ear Protection
  • Appropriate clothing
  • Pen or Pencil
**Notes: This course will NOT certify you to coach a 4H program.  You will need to complete the Texas 4-H training courses hosted by Texas 4-H.  You may obtain information HERE about available 4-H shooting sports course schedule.

Junior Trainer Information:

Junior Trainer: The Junior Trainer provides support to the coach, helping younger shooters learn safety and helping the coach at team activities. The Junior Trainer is recognized only to work under the direct supervision of a Coach (Level 1), Certified Coach (Level 2) or Advanced Certified Coach (Level 3). This level of the Coach Education Program is designed for young people, age 15-17, who show leadership in shooting programs. The Junior Trainer must successfully complete the discipline-specific Level 1 Coach School and obtain the recommendations of a parent and a coach.

Meet Your Instructors

Pistol instructor will be Coach Kevin Jimmerson of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Team.

Rifle/Small-bore instructor from NRA Headquarters, Ms. Claudia Olsen

Coach Kevin Jimmerson

Coach Kevin Jimmerson

Coach Jimmerson brings a lifetime of experience as a student, instructor and competitor to our Texas athletes.  Coach instructs a blend of techniques drawing from both the practical and the competition world involving military, civilian and LE clients.  In 2012 Coach Jimmerson co-founded the Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets Marksmanship Unit and has lead his team to nine collegiate national titles in Steel Challenge and 3Gun from 2013 to 2019, all versus Service Academy Competition, and breaking records in the sports each year.

In 2016 he co-founded the Texas Youth Action Shootout series with the support TSRA Foundation.  The series provides our Texas athletes and coaches participating in the National Scholastic Action Pistol Program the ability to come together, practice safe firearm handling, work as a team in a competitive environment, socialize with other like-minded individuals around the state, have fun and build confidence in their marksmanship skills.

Claudia Olsen

Claudia Olsen

Years of involvement in the shooting sports and specifically 4-H I helped coach my own children through the program as well as coaching my daughter as she made her way to the Jr. Olympic Development team.  After the went off to college I decided to try to get a job at the NRA were I have worked for almost 12 years as the Youth Programs Coordinator and the Marksmanship Qualification Coordinator. To be able to support all the Youth Organizations and my Education and Training team members I became a Training Counselor.  I hold the credentials for level 3 Rifle and Pistol coach and am part of the National Development Staff for Rifle, Pistol and Shotgun.  I also am a level 2 Shotgun Coach.  Growing up as an Army Brat at a German gun range with a mother that was a competitive rifle shooter imprinted on me. 

Previous Coach School Photos

Aug 2016 Shotgun Class