Team Kolar Olympic Staff / Trap
Prostaff / Sporting

Derrick Mein

Date of Birth: 8/26/1985
Hometown: Paola, Kansas
Instagram: @derrick.mein
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I grew up on a small farm in southeast Kansas and developed a love of the outdoors at an early age tagging along with my dad while quail and deer hunting. I got my start in sporting clays at age 8 joining my dad in a small league at a local club. With the help of my dad, I began to develop my skills as a competitive shooter. I have been competing as a member of the NSCA since 1995, winning 13 state championships and leading the USA Sporting Clays Team to multiple team world titles.

The shooting sports gained me a scholarship to Lindenwood University. While there I was on dual scholarship for baseball and the shotgun team. After a couple of years I transferred to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science, graduating in 2008. While at KSU I won the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship, a format that includes international trap, international skeet, American skeet, American trap, and sporting clays.

After graduating from college, I moved to Ohio where I designed and managed Cardinal Center Sporting Clays. Having successfully got the facility up and going I took the chance to move closer to home, to manage Powder Creek Shooting Park. In 2013 I married Diana, this has turned out to be the best decision I have ever made. She has become my rock, biggest supporter, and motivator in pursuit of becoming a full-time coach and competitor in shooting sports. In May of 2016, she gave me the biggest blessing a man could ever ask for, our daughter Rylie was born.

During my years in shooting sports I have competed in many different disciplines, including sporting clays, skeet, trap, international trap, and helice, winning national titles and earning Team USA honors in helice, international trap, and sporting clays. I am a perennial NSCA All-American, a F.I.T.A.S.C. World Sporting Clays Champion, an NSCA National Champion, captain of the NSCA All-American Open Team, was an inaugural member of the Professional Sporting Clays Association and I am also one of the few U.S. sporting clays shooters to win a World Championship and a National Championship.

As a participant in shooting sports, I will always be thankful for the teammates, friends, and memories I have made because everything I have accomplished would mean nothing without them to share it with.

Shotgun: Kolar Max Lite 32”
Stock: Wenig Custom Gunstocks
Glasses: Pilla Panther X6
Ear Protection: Sound Gear Digital
Choke Tubes: Pure Gold Champion Series
Ammo: Aguila
Vest: Castellani by Ultimate Shooting Accessories

Major Recent Accomplishments:

  • 2020 Olympian
  • 2020 ATA Grand American AAA High All Around Champion  
  • 2020 NSSA world skeet 28-gauge Runner Up 
  • 2017 & 2020 NSCA National Champion  
  • 2019 ICTSF World English Sporting Champion 
  • 2018 World All Around Champion 
  • 2018 US FITASC Grand Prix Champion 
  • 2016 NSCA National Sub Gauge All Around Champion 
  • 2015 Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Champion 
  • 13-time Kansas State Champion 
  • 16-time USA Sporting Clays Team Member 
  • 15-time NSCA All-American

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