Melissa Mulloy-Mecozzi will be in her sixth year at the helm of the MIT Rifle program in 2016-17. 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 has led MIT to a winning record in each of her five seasons with the Engineers, including a 27-9 record in 2013-14 when she was named the MAC Coach of the Year, becoming the first MIT rifle coach to earn that honor. She brings a wealth of shooting experience and accolades to her position 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.
|Year:||8th at MIT|
Grant Mecozzi is in his eighth 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.
|Year:||15th at MIT|
With a coaching resume covering two decades and many age groups, Jerry Mulloy is entering the 15th 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.