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Former Husker champ Martin to coach rifle team

April 10, 2019

Rachel Martin, a former Husker national rifle champion, will be the new rifle coach at Nebraska.

Athletic director Bill Moos announced the hire on Tuesday. Martin, a 2017 graduate of Nebraska, spent part of last season as an assistant coach at Army. She won the 2015 NCAA smallbore championship, is a seven-time national champion and a member of the USA Shooting team.

“She understands and embraces the Nebraska culture,” Moos said in a statement. “As a recent student-athlete herself, she also has the ability to relate to her shooters.”

During her competitive career at Nebraska from 2014-17, Martin excelled in smallbore and air rifle, earning All-America status in both and setting the Huskers’ air rifle record score of 597 in 2014. She was top 10 in both disciplines all four seasons at Nebraska, helping the Huskers to four straight finishes in the top eight at the national championships.

At Army, Martin helped the Black Knights earn a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championship, their first championship appearance in four seasons.

“As a former Husker, it is a great privilege to be returning to the University of Nebraska as the head rifle coach,” Martin said in a statement. “It has always been my belief that the greatest of athletes not only excel in their sport, but dedicate their lives to positively impacting the world around them. I can say from experience that the University of Nebraska invests in the development of such individuals, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

Martin is replacing Ashley MacAllister, who led the Huskers to four NCAA championship appearances in five seasons. MacAllister is moving to Lubbock, Texas, to rejoin her husband, Tim, who was hired last year as chief of staff of the Texas Tech men’s basketball program.