July 26, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Navy rifle head coach Bill Kelley has released the schedule for the 2013-14 season. The upcoming year will mark a new era for the program as it becomes an official member of the Great America Rifle Conference (GARC). The Mids' schedule includes matches against all seven GARC opponents - Army, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and West Virginia.
"The move to the Great America Rifle Conference has been highly anticipated by our team and myself," said Kelley. "Joining the GARC represents a great step forward as we compete nationally against some of the top-rated teams in the country; last year four GARC teams qualified for the eight available spots at the NCAA Championships.
"The move is one more indication of the support our athletic department and especially our Athletic Director, Chet Gladchuk, is giving to our program. We appreciate this support and look forward to success among the best in the NCAA."
The Mids will begin the year with the Navy Invitational at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range on Oct. 5-6. The following weekend on Oct. 12, Navy will face the University of the Sciences in the first of three matches against the Devils.
Navy's first match of the season against a GARC opponent will take place Oct. 26 when it travels to Nebraska. The Mids will return home the next weekend, Nov. 2, to host the annual President's Trophy match against Air Force and Army.
The final two weeks of competition in 2013 will present a challenging stretch for the Midshipmen. On Nov. 9, Navy will travel to Kentucky for the second consecutive year. The Wildcats were the runners-up at last year's NCAA Championships.
The Mids will host defending national champion West Virginia and North Carolina State on Nov. 16 at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range.
Navy will open the second half of its schedule the weekend of Jan. 17-18 in Philadelphia, Pa., when it meets the University of the Sciences twice. The two days of competition will serve as a tune-up for the annual Star Match against Army, which will take place on Feb. 1 in Annapolis.
Navy will head south to take on GARC teams Ole Miss (Feb. 8) and Memphis (Feb. 9) before hosting John Jay (Feb. 22) to close the regular season.
Ole Miss will again host this year's GARC Championships, Feb. 28-March 2. Navy got a taste of the tournament last season as it competed at the event as a guest.
The NCAA Championships will take place March 14-15 at a site to be determined.