The West Virginia University rifle team has received a $1 million gift from a family of longtime supporters of the university’s athletic programs, the athletic department announced Thursday.
A gift from the Hayhurst family that will pass through non-profit foundation of WVUpermanent position as head rifle coach and will also assist the rifle team, according to a news release from the department.
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The family was inspired by former rifle coach Marsha Beasley’s speech during her induction into the WVU Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year. Brothers Ronald Hayhurst, the late Robert Hayhurst and the late Robin Hayhurst received degrees from WVU. Robert Hayhurst’s daughter, Christine Hayhurst Davis, also graduated from WVU and now runs the family business, according to the statement.
The WVU shooting team has gave many Olympians and won 19 NCAA championships, including six under current coach John Hammond.
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“The WVU rifle team under the leadership of Coach Hammond and his coaches and staff have done a tremendous job of recruiting and developing members of the rifle team to ensure their success as athletically and academically” Davis said in a statement. “Our family is excited to continue to support the shotgun program in the future as they continue to represent all West Virginians and their passion for shooting on the world stage.”