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Competitive Archery at UOlivet is On Target for Fall 2024

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Celebrating National Archery Day

Saturday is National Archery Day, and we’re “quivering” with excitement! Beginning this fall, UOlivet will field competitive women’s and men’s archery teams and compete in target, indoor, field and 3D archery.

The archery team, coached by Terry Carr, is part of the Outdoor Recreation program, which also includes competitive clay target shooting.

Terry Carr, The University of Olivet director of outdoor recreation.
Terry Carr, The University of Olivet director of outdoor recreation.

“The new archery program is super exciting, mainly because there are very few university-funded programs nationwide. UOlivet is opening the doors for athletes to compete in sports that are not traditional in the university setting, and that’s beautiful,” Carr said. “This provides opportunities to students that they may not have even thought possible when they first started in outdoor sports. And those opportunities to advance one’s education are priceless.”

The competitive Outdoor Recreation team is one of The University of Olivet’s performance and participatory offerings. Students may qualify for a competition scholarship of up to $2,000 per year over four years in addition to other scholarships they may receive.

Carr has been coaching at UOlivet since December 2023 and is excited to be growing an athletic program alongside dedicated student-athletes. “I like working for Olivet because it puts me in a position to help students grow and allow them to continue learning. All while competing in sports that teach discipline and self-responsibility.”

When coaching, Carr quickly reminds student-athletes that archery and target shooting are as much mental sports as physical. “If it’s their first time doing an activity, and they’re struggling with it, I just remind my athletes to be patient and trust in the process of learning. And if they’re struggling with something after going through the learning process and succeeding for a time, I pick a part of the process that the athlete was particularly good at and start the conversation from that point to remind them that they can do it.”

Carr’s passion for outdoor recreation stems from his love of everything outdoors, from hunting to fishing to more obscure outdoor activities such as snowshoeing and disc golf. “If it’s outside, I love it,” he said. “My background in outdoor education started when I completed my hunter safety course as a child, then became more involved when I joined my high school’s clay target team. I became a certified coach my senior year of high school and have been coaching ever since.”

Students interested in learning more about competing in the UOlivet Outdoor Recreation program are encouraged to contact Coach Carr by completing the online inquiry form.

Learn more about The University of Olivet by contacting the Office of Admission at 269-200-4060 or admissions@uolivet.edu.

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