Columbus, Georgia, resident Frank Briggs is a world-class shooting coach, basketball coach, author, teacher, and military veteran. Before retiring in 2008, Briggs served 13 years as Senior Coach in the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit.During that time he coached the, “International Rifle”, “International Pistol” and “Service Rifle” teams. As service rifle “head coach”, Coach Briggs ended the Army's 11-year National Championship losing streak after only 6 months of leadership.His intense training led the U.S. Army International Pistol Team to help garner the overall World Military Championship title in Finland in 2002. Frank Briggs' has twice received the “Superior Civilian Service” award, the US Army’s highest civilian non-combat award.
Frank Briggs began his career after graduating from St. John's University in New York, where he placed on the collegiate All-American Shooting Team twice, won the “Haggerty Award” for “Outstanding Athlete of the year” and became a charter member of the university's athletic “Hall of Fame”. He spent five summers working at Camp All-America under the mentorship of Hall of Fame basketball coach Clair Bee, former Coach of Long Island University and the “Baltimore Bullets” and thereafter “Athletic Director” at the New York Military Academy.Under coach Bee’s guidance Briggs supervised the program that brought the nation’s top basketball coaches to the New York Military Academy to teach basketball techniques and leadership skills to the nation’s foremost high school stars. Coach Briggs also coached at St. John’s University under two “Hall of Fame coaches, Joe Lapchick and Lou Carnesecca. His outstanding attributes are his superior teaching skills!
Using the knowledge he gained from more than 60 years of coaching experience in basketball and international sport shooting, Frank Briggs has created diagnostic aids to assess and improve athletic skills and peak performance during Olympic and other stressful, high-level competitive events. He is one of only 9 "International Rifle" and 3 "International Pistol Federation" certified Class "A" coaches in the world. A holder of 18 national records in small-bore rifle shooting, he was the 1st Director of the “U.S. Olympic Training Center” shooting facilities and training programs.He served as a consultant for the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), where he co-founded and directed the “Sportsman's Team Challenge”, a $150,000 nationwide shooting championship.Coach Briggs is a recipient of the Coleman Corporation’s “Exceptional Performance Award” (2/8/84).
Frank Briggs shares his knowledge and expertise through articles published in the “American Rifleman” magazine and training booklets used by America’s foremost shooting coaches. He authored the shooting book for junior shooters entitled "You Can Be an Expert Rifleman" and rewrote and starred in “Your First Gun,” a video guide to family shooting. He also developed the “Six Step Method” used by top world coaches to greatly reduce the learning time of their students.His primary concern is for the safe handling of firearms and to that end he has authored many firearms safety manuals. He has guided many of his students to “World Fame” in numerous endeavors.