Penn College Former Archery Coach Honored

Published 05.21.2012


Chad Karstetter “retired” as the Pennsylvania College of Technology archery coach a year ago, but honors continue to come his way as he recently won the 2012 Graham-Ryder Award for significant and extemporary service to the U.S. Collegiate Archery Association.

In 11 seasons under Karstetter, Penn College teams finished second in the nation twice and took one third and one fourth-place finish. Also, 16 of his archers earned All-American status 40 times. Last year, he was cited as National Coach of the Year.

According to the USCAA release:

“Chad has coached all levels of archers, from beginning to elite. His efforts are always to help the archers achieve their best regardless of their level of experience. His team’s performance includes regional, national and International awards.

“Chad has taken many students who have never shot a bow before and developed them into a competitor in their respective division with his excellent coaching skills. Chad started and developed a women’s compound team, a women’s recurve team and a bowhunter team at the college, as well as provide a team of archers for the first 3-D USIAC, fully supporting the efforts of USCA to provide competition opportunities to all college archers regardless of their discipline and gender.

“Chad has fostered a desire in his archers to give back and they have been involved with the Read Across America program with the college sending athletes to a local elementary school to “Read with the Wildcats” as well as hosting the first “Youth Fun Day” where youth members of the Youth Hunter Education Challenge attended the event.

“Chad's contributions to college archery are significant. They include serving on the board of the United States Collegiate Archery Association for the past four years. He has held the Eastern Regional Archery Championships at Penn College for six years. Chad was instrumental in working with Executive Director Lorretta Sinclair in establishing 3-D archery as part of the U.S. Collegiate Archery. Chad's belief that archery in college should be open to all college students has been part of the success in the growth of USCA.

“USCA honors Chad Karstetter for his commitment and dedication and thanks him for the role he has played in college archery.”