UA Cossatot will be adding another team sport in the coming school year. The Colts will compete at the NJCAA Division II level in men’s and women’s clay target shooting beginning in the fall of 2022. Brett Blackburn will serve as the shooting sports coach.

UA Cossatot’s Athletic Director Robert Byrd announced, “UA Cossatot Athletics is excited to expand our sporting options with the addition of clay target shooting in the fall of 2022. Coach Blackburn is eager to begin the recruiting process, and we are looking forward to competing this upcoming fall.” 

 UA Cossatot Chancellor Dr. Steve Cole added, "Shooting sports has become mainstream, especially in our area, and with the incredible interest from our local high school student-athletes, it just made sense for UA Cossatot to offer this sport for all men and women with interest in shooting sports.”

UA Cossatot has competed as a member of NJCAA Division II Region 2 in men’s and women’s basketball for the past three seasons. Clay target shooting is the first sport added to the UA Cossatot athletic department since joining the NJCAA with preliminary plans for future sports under consideration. Coach Blackburn will be visiting the regional and state tournaments.

UA Cossatot Clay Shooting Coach Brett Blackburn said, “The shooting program will build on the foundation started by high school and Jr high students of the AYSSP program from the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. We look forward to building on these skills as the student-athletes grow as citizens and competitors at the collegiate level. Go Colts!”

For more information, contact Coach Blackburn at 941-726-2245 or