BJ McDaniel began as an International Skeet shooter and continued to compete until 1984. Since then he has been an assistant shotgun coach for USA Shooting in every phase of the international sport of shotgun shooting. He has developed young shooters from entry level to medal winning world level athletes. He has contributed as the primary instructor and co-author (with Mark Taylor) of the USA Shooting Shotgun Coach Certification Course. He is a Level Four Certified International Coach and holds an ISSF Class A Judge license. He has also co-authored a book on clay target shooting entitled "Break 'em All".
BJ served as the Team Leader to several World Cups and as an assistant Team Leader during the 2001, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007 World Clay Target Championships. He was an official for the shotgun events at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Throughout the years, he has also been involved internationally as a Team Leader and Judge resulting in establishing a reputation as a most knowledgeable and capable expert of the shotgun sport. BJ was selected in 2002 as the Development Coach of The Year (Shooting) by USA Shooting and the United States Olympic Committee.
Lanny R. Bassham is an American sports shooter who competed and won a gold medal in the 1976 Summer Olympics, and also obtained silver in the 1972 Summer Olympics. He graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1969, where he had participated in the ROTC program. In 1972, at the Munich Germany Olympic Games, Lanny Bassham failed in his attempt to win the gold medal in International Rifle Shooting. He had a mental failure resulting in his taking the silver instead. Frustrated, Lanny wanted to take a course in controlling the mind under pressure. After looking for such a seminar and not finding satisfaction, Bassham began to interview Olympic gold medallists to discover what they were doing differently to win.
Bassham created a system of mental control he called Mental Management. Within the next six years Lanny Bassham dominated his sport, winning 22 world individual and team titles, setting 4 world records and winning the coveted Olympic Gold Medal in Montreal in 1976.
For the past 31 years, Lanny has been teaching Mental Management to clients including the PGA and PGA tour players, Miss America finalists, World and Olympic champions, Fortune 500 companies, the United States Secret Service, the US Navy SEALS, the United States Army Marksmanship Unit, the US Marine Corps Marksmanship Unit, and the FBI.
Tim Gallwey attended Harvard University where he majored in English Literature and captained the tennis team. He served as an officer in the US Navy and was one of the founders of a liberal arts college in the Midwest. Starting in the mid 1970â€²s Tim Gallwey produced a series of best selling books, which set forth a new methodology for the development of personal and professional excellence in a variety of fields. For the last twenty years Gallwey has been introducing the Inner Game approach to corporations looking for better ways to manage change. Through lectures, consulting, and seminars, his focus has been directed at three targets, 1) helping all individuals in a company learn how to learn, and think for themselves, 2) helping managers learn how to coach, 3) helping leaders learn to create â€œlearning organizations.â€? His long-term clients have included AT&T, IBM, Arco, Anheuser Busch, Apple Computer, and The Coca-Cola Company. His newest professional interest is helping people who work in teams to learn how to work together more effectively.
Todd Bender attended Trinity University from 1979 to 1982, receiving a B.S. in Business Administration. He won three straight National Collegiate Shooting Championship titles, from 1979 through 1981, and was a member of the United States national team for competition at the 1979 and 1981 World Championships. While on the shooting team at Trinity, Todd received instruction from Trinity shooting coach, "Colonel" Tom Hanzel.
Over the years he has compiled 20 NSSA World Championships and been named to a record 27 consecutive Men's First All-American Teams. He holds the highest average in skeet history, .9972 HOA Average on 5750 targets. In Overseas competition, Todd won the Canadian Open in 1998, the English Open (UK) 2003, and the Australian Nationals in 2008.
Todd was named the first Master Instructor for the National Skeet Shooting Association, has been trained by the UK's Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) and is an Honorary Fellow in England's Institute of Clay Shooting Instructors. Todd is recognized as the leading authority in shooting instruction. For 15 years, his series of best selling DVDs have set the standard for instructional shooting videos within the industry. Todd was inducted into the National Skeet Shooting Hall of Fame in 1999, and in the same year was inducted into the first class of Trinity University's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Today, Todd Bender competes, is a shooting coach, and authors articles on the subject for the Skeet Shooting Review, Shotgun Sports and Clay Shooting UK.