Rick Johnson
Rick Johnson

Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
1st Season



05/04/2012

Rifle Hands Out Awards At Banquet

Buck Repeats As Shooter Of The Year

Richard Johnson, who served as the Harvard Sportsmen's Club Junior Program Director for the past six years, begins his first full season as a member of head coach Ron Wigger's staff after coming on board last March.

A competitive smallbore shooter for over 25 years, Johnson is a three-time Massachusetts state champion. He captured the 3-position Junior State title in 1985 and defended his title the following year when he was also crowned the Prone Junior State champion.

Johnson was the founder and director of the junior marksmanship program at Harvard (2005-11) for youngsters between 10-20 years old interested in competitive shooting. He provided instruction in firearm safety, along with teaching marksmanship skills, and has had several members graduate into the collegiate level of competition. He also served at the same time as head coach of the Massachusetts Junior Rifle Team (2006-11) that was comprised of the top shooters within the state.

Following graduation from UMass-Lowell with a bachelor of science degree in meteorology in 1999, Johnson was an assistant staff meteorologist at MIT for eight years.

The first assistant under Wigger, Johnson was on hand when the Black Knights headed to the NCAA Championships for the eighth straight year where they finished seventh in smallbore and eighth in air rifle. During the course of the year, Army defeated Navy, defended its President's Trophy title and finished third at the Great America Rifle Championships.

A licensed USA shooting level 1 rifle official and advanced rifle coach, Johnson and his wife Ann have a son Erik (17) who entered his senior year of high school this fall.

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