Aug. 27, 2014
- The Navy rifle program announced on Wednesday its 2014-15 schedule. Under the direction of head coach Bill Kelley
, who is entering his 16th
year at the Academy, the Mids' schedule features eight matchups with top-10 opponents and 13 overall competitions. All eight of Navy's fellow Great America Rifle Conference (GARC) members are on the schedule for regular season head-to-head meetings. "This season will be the most challenging in the history our program," said Kelley. "The level of the competition in the GARC is the finest in the country and in addition we enhanced our non-conference schedule with another nationally-ranked team in TCU. I'm excited and so is our team to test ourselves against the best. We have a strong, talented, and highly motivated squad that is going into every match expecting to win."
The Mids' second season as a member of the GARC begins on Saturday, Oct. 4 versus Akron in a home match at the Bancroft Hall Rifle Range. This competition will be the first of four straight at home for Navy to begin the year. The following weekend will see the Mids' host the University of Sciences on Oct. 11 and the University of Memphis on Oct. 12. The final match of the squad's initial homestand will be on Saturday, Oct. 25 versus Kentucky. Both Memphis (fourth place) and Kentucky (third) were NCAA Championship participants in March of 2014.
The November schedule for Navy consists of three competitions starting with the annual President's Trophy Match on Saturday, Nov. 1. Hosted by the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn., the Mids will face off in a four-team meet with Army, Air Force and the Coast Guard Academy. Last season, Navy showed a 31-point improvement from 2012 in the competition and finished third with 5750 points.
Road matchups with GARC members North Carolina State and West Virginia close out the first half of the Mids' schedule. Navy goes one-on-one with the Wolfpack on Saturday, Nov. 8 in Charleston, S.C. on the campus of the Citadel before heading to Morgantown, W.V. on Nov. 22 and taking on the two-time reigning NCAA Champion Mountaineers.
After a two-month break, Navy begins its push towards postseason action with five consecutive road competitions. The first head-to-head bout will take place in Philadelphia on Satuday, Jan. 24 at the University of the Sciences. The following weekend, the Mids will travel west to Lincoln, Neb. for a pair of matches versus 2014 NCAA Championship teams. A non-conference meeting versus Texas Christian will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31 before the host University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and Mids shoot on Sunday, Feb. 1.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, the Army-Navy Star Match will be contested in West Point. Last year, the Black Knights edged the Mids by just 17 points, 5800-5783, in Navy's highest point outpoint in a Star match since 2006.
The Mids' final regular season road contest will be at Ole Miss on Saturday, Feb. 14. While important for possible NCAA Tournament qualification and in the GARC standings, the matchup between the Rebels and Mids will also serve as a preview of the Patricia C. Lamar Army National Guard Readiness Center Range. Ole Miss and the venue will host the GARC Championships two weeks later during the final weekend of February.
Navy's final regular season match and designated NCAA Qualifier will be at home on Feb. 21 versus John Jay. A team's NCAA Qualifier match accounts for one half of the total score used to decide the country's top eight teams. The other half of the total comes from an average of three previously shot matches.
As stated before, the 2015 GARC Championship will be hosted by Ole Miss during the weekend of Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1. Last year, in their first championship as a full-fledged member of the GARC, the Mids finished seventh overall in a nine-team field with a final score of 4612.
The 2015 NCAA Championships, should Navy finish as one of the top eight nationally ranked programs, will be held in Fairbanks, Alaska at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The two-day event will run from Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 14. 2014-15 Navy Rifle Schedule
Saturday, Oct. 4 AKRON *
Saturday, Oct. 11
UNIVERSITY OF THE SCIENCES
Sunday, Oct. 12
Saturday, Oct. 25
Saturday, Nov. 1
at President's Trophy (USCGA)
Saturday, Nov. 8
vs. North Carolina State (at Charleston, S.C.) *
Saturday, Nov. 22
at West Virginia *
Saturday, Jan. 24
at University of the Sciences
Saturday, Jan. 31
vs. Texas Christian (at Lincoln, Neb.)
Sunday, Feb. 1
at Nebraska *
Saturday, Feb. 7
at Army *
Saturday, Feb. 14
at Ole Miss *
Saturday, Feb. 21
JOHN JAY (NCAA Qualifer)
Fri-Sun., Feb. 27-M1
GARC Championships at Ole Miss
Fri-Sat., Mar. 13-14
NCAA Championships at UA-Fairbanks
* - Great America Rifle Conference Competition