New York S3DA Adds Eastern Regional Coordinator

Vincent LoPiccolo has been named as a Regional Coordinator for New York S3DA. As a Regional Coordinator, Vincent will oversee the development and operation of New York S3DA within the eastern region, including educating and recruiting parties interested in forming new S3DA teams, working directly with the Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator, Bob Gattorna, and attending and assisting with local archery shoots. Vincent will promote and encourage the growth of S3DA across New York as well as help Bob Gattorna and the neighboring states Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Vincent was born and raised in Beacon, New York, located in the mid-Hudson Valley Region of what would be considered the southern third of the state. He currently resides in the town of Montgomery in Orange County, New York with his wife, Jill, and their two sons, Vincent Jr., and Dino LoPiccolo. Vincent’s dad was an avid bowhunter and his biggest influence. He introduced Vincent to the outdoors at a very young age. Vincent attended his first 3D archery event at a local sportsmen club around the age of eighteen. His friend introduced him to a whole different challenge with a bow.

In his late twenties, he became a member of the International Bowhunters Organization (IBO) and started to compete in the lower amateur level classes of IBO Worlds and Northeast IBO State Tournaments. His passion for archery continued into another challenge when he became a brand-new dad. Instead of a consuming tournament regimen, Vincent made his family the top priority, but he still wanted to be involved in archery, so he decided to go into business for himself and formed Dawn Thru Dusk Bow Addiction LLC. With the guidance and encouragement from two very important mentors in the archery industry, Wes Vanhorn, and Steve Vanzile, he became a certified bow technician and archery pro shop owner.

Still with a void inside and a desire to fill it, he wanted to give back more to his customers. He needed to be qualified enough for his customers to entrust more faith in him so he could help them build a strong fundamental foundation. He started researching and reaching out for information on additional archery education and happened to touch base with S3DA Northeastern National Outreach Coordinator, Bob Gattorna. Vincent stated, “I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Bob Gattorna over the years of competing. He helped organize local competitive events in our area. When I look back at his outreach now, I realize if it weren’t for him, many of these platforms we had dreams to build would have never stood. He was the reason that I discovered S3DA. He sparked my newest interest of promoting an outstanding organization that promotes both my passions (3D and bowhunting) to our youth!”

Vincent plans to attend as many Sportsmen’s Club meetings as possible to start planting seeds to get S3DA Teams formed for the 2023 competition season. He plans to attend local 3D archery shoots to educate and spread the word of the S3DA program and encourage youth archers to join. With the guidance of Mark Myers and Frank McDonough, Vincent recently became a USA Archery Level II Instructor and S3DA Advanced Archery Instructor. With his certification, he plans to host classes and get as many individuals trained as possible to be S3DA Basic Coaches so they can start their own S3DA teams.

Oklahoma S3DA Hosts 3D State Championship

Duncan Bowhunters located in southern Oklahoma hosted the Oklahoma S3DA 3D State Championship. Duncan Bowhunters invites everyone to come shoot at their range and enjoy the outdoors. The club was founded to promote the sport of archery as well as safe, responsible hunting which aligns with the S3DA mission statement. Oklahoma S3DA archers from across the state competed in the 3D State Championship for their chance to win the championship in their division and class while also qualifying for the upcoming S3DA 3D National Championship in June at Rend Lake, Illinois. There were some notable sportsmanship moments among the youth division and the youth overall were very respectful of one another.

All the participants, except for one, had never shot 3D in any official event capacity. Every single person expressed how much they enjoyed the experience. Several archers said on the course during the event how much fun they discovered 3D is and that they have found a new favorite discipline of archery or new favorite event. Parents stated that they enjoyed being more a part of the experience with their child instead of sitting in a distant chair spectating. Eli Ryel from Twisted Arrow OK Archery stated, “This combines my family’s love of hiking and adventure with our love of shooting bows, it’s fun!”

Two young adult archers received college scholarships from respective colleges and universities that offer archery scholarships. Oklahoma S3DA encourages everyone to check out this program and learn more about how young adult participants can shoot archery and potentially earn college scholarships. More and more colleges and universities are forming collegiate archery teams every year so don’t miss out on your opportunity but check out the Oklahoma S3DA Facebook page here!

S3DA Names Bellings Iowa State Coordinator

Scholastic 3-D Archery has named Cory Bellings as the new Iowa S3DA State Coordinator. As the State Coordinator, Cory will oversee all aspects of the S3DA program in Iowa, including promoting the program across the state to gain team and individual memberships, providing trainings for new coaches, and dividing the state into regions and placing regional coordinators to oversee and manage these individual regions. Cory’s plan is to split Iowa into six (6) regions. He is in East Central Iowa, so his plan is to start there and work his way west. He stated, “My main goal for 2022 is to get Regional Coordinators for each of the six regions and roughly 2-4 S3DA coaches and two S3DA teams in each region. I would really like to have between 50-100 archers in the program by the end of the year.”

Cory was born and raised in Iowa. His favorite thing about Iowa is the beauty of their bluffs along the Mississippi River. He is the proud father of two girls and one boy. In his spare time, he and his wife spend time with their children at their permanent campsite. He enjoys archery, fishing, hunting, camping, and riding UTV’s.

Cory became interested in S3DA to help promote the outdoors and archery to the youth. He is currently a coach for the Bellevue Archery Club located in Bellevue, Iowa. Working with the contacts that he already has established; he plans to reach out to major organizations within the state and educate them on what the S3DA program is all about.

For more information on Iowa S3DA, be sure to check out the Facebook page here!