We’ve gathered an impressive group of champions as your Coaching Staff. Live your dream as you train with the best.
Doug Koenig is a once in a generation talent, widely regarded as the best all-around shooter in the world. Doug’s list of achievements and championship wins is daunting and may never be surpassed. A potent combination of speed, accuracy and skill has sustained him to succeed in various competitions, from the Bianchi Cup to the Steel Challenge. With nearly three decades of professional shooting experience under his belt, Doug continues to find motivation which fuels his hunger to win, by shifting his focus across disciplines throughout the year. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Koenig began shooting competitively at the age of 17. His first competitive match was in the winter of 1986, and from that moment on, he was bitten by the competitive bug. In 1990, a decision had to be made, and Doug decided to focus exclusively on shooting as a full-time career. The change paid off and that very same year, he made a stamp on the shooting world, scoring an unprecedented 1920-157x in the Bianchi Cup to take his first major championship.
Bruce Piatt’s interest in the shooting sports began as a youngster admiring his grandfather’s firearm collection. With encouragement from his father, Bruce enrolled in the NRA 50ft. Small Bore Junior’s Program at a local indoor range and the seed was planted as he rose through the ranks. By the mid-80’s Bruce competed at his first IPSC pistol match, which led to others on the east coast competition circuit. In 1986 Bruce graduated from the NJ State Police Academy, becoming a police officer in his hometown. The flexible work schedule permitted Bruce to travel the country competing at every match he could attend. His shooting disciplines include Action Pistol, Tactical 3-Gun, USPSA/IPSC, Steel Challenge and the Sportsman’s Team Challenge. A highlight of Bruce’s competition career was getting married in 1993 and spending his honeymoon competing at and winning his first Bianchi Cup in Columbia, Missouri.
I am a third generation competitive shooter following in the footsteps of my grandfather, and both parents. I was literally born and have lived the vast majority of my life on a shooting range. My first competition was when I was eight years old and have not really stopped since! I became a full-time professional shooter in 2012 when I won my first World Title in Hungary at the IPSC Shotgun World Shoot and since then I have been blessed with much success. I mainly specialize in the sport of 3-Gun which is rifle, pistol and shotgun. In my four short years of professional shooting, I have managed to accumulate over 50 major wins and 5 World titles! When I'm not competing I have a real passion for teaching all levels of shooting from true beginners to military and competitors. Shooting for me is not just a pastime, hobby or even passion. It's my life.
Tommy Thacker's accomplishments include 2011-2012 3 Gun Nation National Champion, Team Armalite founder and former captain, Team FNH USA founder and former captain, 3 Gun Nation Pro Tour Member (6 years), 2016 Rockcastle Pro-Am 1st, 2016 Rocky Mountain 3 Gun 5th, 2016 Armalite 3 Man Team 3 Gun 2nd, 2016 WARSPORT Team Challenge 2nd, 2016 3 Gun Nation SE Regional 4th Practical, 2015 3 Gun Nation Eastern Regional 3rd, 2015 3 Gun Nation SW Regional 6th, 2015 3 Gun Nation Pro Tour 1st event #6, 2015 Armalite 2 Gun Championship 2nd, 2014 Colt 3 Man 3 Gun Team Champion, 2013 Colt 3 Man 3 Gun Team Champion, USPSA Open Grand Master and USPSA Master 4 Divisions. With more than 20 years in the firearms industry, Tommy Thacker has held positions from sponsored shooter and retail operations through executive management with various manufacturers. His role with The 31 Heroes Project as a member of the Board of Directors will allow him to help raise money for this non-profit organization through programs organized in conjunction with One Team One Fight to raise money and awareness though social and athletic events to support the families of Extortion 17 and honor their legacy by funding the treatment of TBI/PTSD.
Dianna retired from the Tulsa Police Department after 22 years of service. During the end of her career, she started focusing on competition and found the exciting 3 gun discipline, using pistol, rifle and shotgun. By her retirement in 2014, Dianna was competing as a professional and racking up multiple high lady wins, including 2013 USPSA Multigun Open Lady Champion and 2015 NRA World Shooting Lady Champion. She has been a member of the USA Ladies teams in two Pan-American Shotgun matches and, most recently, the USA Ladies Team that took gold in the World IPSC Shotgun match in Italy in 2015. She also earned a silver medal in individual competition. Dianna is the captain for Team Benelli, a co-host for "Shooting Gallery" and can also be seen on "3 Gun Nation", "Shooting USA", "The Big Gun" and "Stop the Threat". She has a passion for the 2nd Amendment and has recently started leading groups of shooters to DC to advocate for the issue. Dianna is also a certified Instructor for the NRA and CLEET (Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training).
Growing up on a secluded farm in rural southeast Kansas, Ryan spent the greater part of his childhood in the woods, plinking and hunting. Ryan and Dianna met in 2011 and she introduced the shooting sport of 3 Gun and Ryan fell in love with them both! Ryan still has a passion for hunting, but 3 Gun gives them the opportunity to travel and compete together. Although Ryan only started competing in 2012, he was naturally talented and quickly rose in the ranks. He earned a coveted spot to the 3 Gun Nation Pro Series in his second year of competing in 2014 and has earned titles in 3 Gun in the Open Division. He has multiple top 10 finishes and was 7th in the NRA World Shooting Championship in 2014. Ryan is a certified firearms instructor and also volunteers with HAVA and Freedom Hunters, whom focus on getting wounded veterans into hunting and competitions.