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Citadel News Service
1 Feb 2008

The Citadel dedicates rifle range to long-time coach

The Citadel’s rifle and pistol range was dedicated today to Joel Sexton, the long-time pistol team coach. 

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Joel Sexton

Located inside Inouye Hall, which was dedicated in 2007, the rifle range opened in 2006. The range has 16 firing positions for marksmanship training, weapons qualifications and competitions. The Citadel/South Carolina Army National Guard Marksmanship Center building allows the college to host regional tournaments. It is also used for practice and training by the National Guard, ROTC cadets and The Citadel’s rifle and pistol teams.

A native of Spartanburg, Sexton lives in Newberry and is director of pathology at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. He is also consulting forensic pathologist for about 26 county coroners.

Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa, president of The Citadel, lauded Sexton’s dedication to The Citadel and to cadets.

“This is more than a story about winning. It’s the story of a man who has been so dedicated that he continued coaching even after he moved from Charleston to Newberry,” Rosa said. “It’s the story of a man who inspired cadets and active duty students. It’s the story of a man who bought vans for the team to use, who paid for the entire team to fly to the championship at West Point, and who has donated thousands of dollars and thousands of hours of his time… just for the love of the sport. This is the story of a true champion, and we are proud to be able to honor him here today.”

Sexton has coached The Citadel pistol team, a club sport, since 1972. He also is coach of the Newberry Junior Pistol Team. Sexton began shooting in college on Naval ROTC rifle and pistol team. He coached and competed on that and the University of Virginia Rifle and Pistol team and shot for the All-Navy Rifle and Pistol teams, winning a championship in 1961.

While under Sexton’s leadership, nine cadets from the pistol team have been selected for the U.S. Olympic Development Team, one has competed in World Competition and 21 members have been selected for All-American teams. The team has also won numerous individual national championships, has had five national college team champions, numerous college NROTC individual and team champions and received an invitation to every shoulder-to-shoulder National College Championship since its inception in 1981. The 2007-2008 team is made up of four women and 13 men.

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