Team Kolar Pro Staff / Sporting

Derrick Mein

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 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 the shooting sports. In May of 2016, she gave me the biggest blessing am man could ever ask for, our daughter Rylie was born.

During my years in the 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, a 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 the 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.

Residence: Paola, Kansas
Years Shooting: 25
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

Shooting Accomplishments:
USA Sporting Clays Team member
USA FITASC Sporting team Captain
NSCA All-American 1st Team
US Helice Team USA
13 time Kansas State Champion
2019 USA Shooting National Team (Olympic Trap)
2019 NSCA USA FITASC Team Captain
2018 NSCA All American Open Captain
2018 US FITASC Grand Prix Champion
2018 World All Around Champion
2018 U.S. Open FITASC Champion
2018 Southeast Regional Champion
2018 NSCA Championship Tour Champion
2017 NSCA National Champion
2017 National FITASC Champion
2017 North American FITASC Champion
2016 FITASC World Champion
2016 NSCA National Sub Gauge All Around Champion
2016 US Open Runner Up
2015 Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Champion
2015 National 28 ga Champion
2015 Northeast Regional Champion
2015 World FITASC 5th
2015 World English 4th
2013 Krieghoff Kup Champion
2013 World English Sporting Clays finalist
2011 US Open FITASC Champion
2010 USHA Helice National Champion
2008 ACUI Collegiate All-Around National Champion
1999 NSCA Sub-Jr National Champion

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