Melissa Mulloy-Mecozzi
Melissa Mulloy-Mecozzi
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 617-253-3296
Email: m_mulloy@mit.edu
Year: 3rd at MIT
College: Alaska-Fairbanks, '02

Melissa Mulloy-Mecozzi will be in her third year at the helm of the MIT Rifle program in 2013-14. A former collegiate All-American and participant in the 2000 Olympic Games, was named the head coach of the MIT rifle team in July 2011. She succeeded her father, Jerry, who was at the helm for the Engineers from 2001 through 2011.

Mulloy-Mecozzi brings a wealth of shooting experience and accolades with her as she prepares to enter her first season with the Cardinal and Gray. A graduate of the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Mulloy-Mecozzi was a member of three national championship teams while earning seven NCAA All-America honors. As a junior at Alaska-Fairbanks she was the recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award for the state of Alaska.

A world-class competitor, Mulloy-Mecozzi has participated in the U.S. and World Championships, the Pan Am Games, while also representing the United States in the 2000 Olympics. She captured the women’s air rifle title at the 2000 USA Shooting Championships and finished eighth in the three-position rifle at that year’s Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. She also earned a Silver medal at the 2003 Pan Am Games.

Mulloy-Mecozzi earned a degree in business administration from Alaska-Fairbanks and a Master’s in the same discipline from Troy University. Throughout the years, she has coached at camps and clinics across the country, sharing her expertise with shooters of all ages and skill-levels.

Grant Mecozzi
Grant Mecozzi
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 6th at MIT

Grant Mecozzi is in his sixth year as an assistant with the MIT rifle team. He adds a wealth of shooting experience to the MIT rifle coaching staff. Prior to coming to MIT he was a certified US Army Marksmanship Instructor at Fort Benning in Georgia from 2001-2005.

Mecozzi competed collegiately at the University of Alaska – Fairbanks where he was a member of the team from 1996-2001 and earned numerous All-America honors.  He earned first team honors in air rifle in 2000 and 2001, adding second team honors in the discipline in 1999. In small bore he was a second team All-America selection three times, earning the distinction from each year from 1999-2001.

Mecozzi began shooting in 1992 with Waukegan JROTC high school Rifle Team in Waukegan, Illinois.

Paul Miller
Paul Miller
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 3rd at MIT

Paul Miller will be in his third season with the MIT rifle staff in 2013-14, bringing collegiate coaching credentials with him from the nationally ranked program at Nebraska.

Miller came to Nebraska in 2009 as a volunteer assistant after an accomplished career at West Virginia that concluded with an NCAA team championship in 2009. As the team captain and only four-year letterwinner on West Virginia's championship team, Miller gained valuable leadership experience that will help him transition into his coaching career.

A Lawrenceville, N.J., native, Miller walked on to the Mountaineers program in 2005 and ranked fifth on the team in smallbore as a freshman. During his sophomore year, Miller competed at the National Junior Olympics in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he finished 35th overall. For the Mountaineers, Miller shot a then-personal best 582 in air rifle in the season opener and finished fourth on the team in smallbore for the season.

Miller continued to raise his averages as a junior, increasing his smallbore average by more than eight points, as well as matching his personal-best smallbore score of 570. Miller capped his career with a strong senior year, averaging a career-best 580.31 in air rifle and 568.46 in smallbore. In 2008, Miller placed 30th at the Olympic trials in three-position smallbore. He also competed at USA Nationals in 2007, 2008 and 2009, earning the A Class Prone National Championship in 2009. Miller earned CRCA Academic All-America honors during his sophomore, junior and senior years.

Miller graduated from Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville, N.J., where he competed under Coach Bill Earnest. An NRA Distinguished Expert, Miller was a member of the Langhorne club rifle team as well and contributed on the Pennsylvania 3P Air Rifle championship squad. Miller also competed at the NRA Nationals in 2004 and 2005, and won the bronze medal at the New Jersey Junior Olympics during his high school career. Miller graduated from West Virginia in 2009 with a history degree.

Jerry Mulloy
Jerry Mulloy
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 13th at MIT

With a coaching resume covering two decades and many age groups, Jerry Mulloy is entering the 13th year at MIT. The head coach of the Engineers for 10 years, he moved into an assistant's role in 2011-12 when his daughter, Melissa, took over the program as head coach. He originally was a volunteer coach during the 1998-99 season. If the adage that experience makes the best teacher is true, Mulloy must be one heck of a student. His wealth of experience makes him a perfect match to coach the MIT rifle team.

Mulloy's shooting certifications and credentials could wallpaper an office. On a state-wide basis, he has a Massachusetts Class A License to carry firearms and is a certified firearms instructor by the Massachusetts State Police. The National Rifle Association has certified him as both a Rifle Instructor and an International Smallbore and Air Rifle Coach. USA Shooting (the national governing body for the Olympic sport of shooting) has certified Mulloy as an International Advanced Shooting Coach. He has also completed the Coaching Principles 1 course offered by the American Sport Education Program.

Mulloy has been one of the most respected coaches of Juniors in the country. He tutored Juniors throughout the 1990's at events including the Junior Olympic Shooting Championships (1993 and 1994), Olympic trials (1996) and the Walsh International Rifle Tournament (1995 and 1996). His experience with older groups led him to being a five-time coach in Three-Position Rifle at the NRA National Championship and working with competitors at the USA Shooting national championship.

On an administrative level, Mulloy has experience as a match director on both the local and state level. He is a member of USA Shooting, the NRA, and the Reading (Mass.) Rifle and Revolver Club.

Elizabeth Phillips
Elizabeth Phillips
Title: Assistant Coach
Year: 1st at MIT
College: MIT, '13

After a standout career at MIT, Elizabeth Phillips returns to the MIT rifle team as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2013-14 season.

As a senior in 2012-13, Phillips was a first team All-Mid-Atlantic Rifle Conference selection in air rifle. She led the Engineers with averages of 563.9 in smallbore and 579.3 in air rifle and had the top air rifle score in every match during the season. In November she tied the school record with a score of 587, one of four times during the season that she reached the 580 mark. At the MAC Championships she captured the individual air rifle title with a 586.