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Meet your new COACH

Marine Corps Veteran

My firearms experience began with my service in the United States Marine Corps.  I served nine years of active duty as an avionics technician & electrician on CH53E helicopters.  We still did cool things like shoot big guns and conducted rifle training, but I was not Infantry.

  • Deployed to Afghanistan (OEF / GWOT)

  • Deployed to the USS Bataan (OEF)

  • Deployed to CJTF-HOA Djibouti (OEF)

  • Earned Humanitarian Medal during Hurricane Katrina Relief

Student of Pistolcraft

After my service, I returned home to Memphis, TN.  The neighborhood of my childhood was now overrun with crime.  My Marine Corps training had not prepared me for these streets, so I began training on my own time and my own dime.


  • One Dollar Bill Winner (ref: Massad Ayoob)

  • Pistol Master Award (ref: Tom Givens, Rangemaster RTS)

  • Casino Drill Coin Winner (ref: Tom Givens, Rangemaster RTS)

  • Turbo Pin Winner (ref: Gabe White, Pistol Shooting Solutions)

  • 2x Coin Winner (ref: Spencer Keepers)

  • Completed 70+ in-person courses, totaling 800+ hours of instruction. 

Master Instructor

After several recommendations, I decided to share my passion with others as a coach & instructor.  I became one of the lead instructors at Top Gun Shooting Range in Memphis, TN.  There, I mentor fellow instructors and develop defensive practitioners and Range Safety Officers.​

Current Instructor / Safety Officer Certifications:

  • Deadly Force Instructor, Massad Ayoob Group

  • Master Pistol Instructor Certification, Rangemaster Firearms Training Services

  • Active Self Protection Instructor Certification (Cohort 5)

  • Force On Force Instructor Certification, KR Training

  • Active Shooter Instructor Certification, Last Resort Firearms Training

  • OC Spray / Less Lethal Instructor Certification, AgILE/Training & Consulting

  • Pistol Instructor Certification, National African American Gun Association (NAAGA)

  • Instructor (CCHDF), United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA)

  • Chief Range Safety Officer, National Rifle Association (NRA)

  • Instructor (Basic Pistol & CCW), National Rifle Association (NRA)

  • Chief Safety Officer, International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA)

Sponsored Competitive Shooter
  • Team Affiliations:

    • Top Gun Memphis Shooting Team​

    • Team TFI Academy

  • IDPA Master (Carry Optics, Back Up Gun)

    • 1st Place Expert, 2022 Arkansas State Championship

      • Match Promotion to Master

      • Defeated 12 Experts & 2 Masters

    • 3rd Place Master, 2022 Mississippi State Championship

  • USPSA A-Class

    • 3rd Place A-Class, 2023 Tennessee Section Championship​

  • SCSA A-Class

Trained by the Best

Completed courses taught by the following instructors:

Andrew Branca

Aqil Qadir

Ashley Johnson

Bob Stewart

Brian Hill

Calvin Lim

Chip Holland

Chris Whitten

Chuck Haggard

Craig Douglas

Ed Monk

Gabe White

Gerald Foon

Greg Ellifritz

Jacob Paulsen

Jay Gibson

JD Mungle

John Correia

John Farnam

John Hearne

John Holschen

John Murphy

John Wallace

Karl Rehn

Kathy Williams

Keith Bishop

Keith Tyler

Kristen Todd

Massad Ayoob

Melanie Hoppers

Nicky Carter

Ralph Blue

Riley Bowman

Ryan McCann

Sarah Joy Albreicht

Scott Jedlinski

Spencer Keepers

Stephanie Weidner

Stoney Steele

Tatiana Whitlock

Tiffany Johnson

Tim Herron

Tim Morris

Tom Givens

Tyler Tharp

Will Dougan

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