MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 14, 2020)– The West Virginia University Rifle team will play host to the 2025 NCAA Rifle Championships, announced by the NCAA on Wednesday.
This makes the second time in program history that the championships will be hosted by WVU. The Mountaineers previously hosted the 2019 NCAA Championships at the WVU Coliseum for the first time in program history. The Mountaineers finished second overall with a two-day total of 4692, shot at the Bill McKenzie Rifle Range inside the WVU Coliseum.
WVU has won a nation-best 19 titles, including six under 15-year coach Jon Hammond.
“We are excited to again host the NCAA Rifle Championships in 2025,” coach Jon Hammond said. “The 2019 Championships set records in attendance, and I know that Mountaineer Nation was really excited to see the Championships. We received some amazing feedback about the event. Our staff did a wonderful job of showcasing our sport and WVU. We look forward to doing that again in 2025.”
This is the third time for this specific NCAA championship bid process, which created the largest host site announcement ever, spanning 86 championships across a four-year cycle. Previously, selection announcements varied by sport. This process now gives the NCAA and host sites more time to plan each championship experience.
Bidding for 86 of 90 NCAA Championships began in August 2019 and more than 3,000 bid applications were ultimately submitted. Each sport committee, per division, selected the host sites it believed would provide the ultimate experience for the respective student-athletes, resulting in more than 450 total championship event sites being awarded.
More than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Championships each year. The four championships not included in the process due to preexisting site arrangements are: Division I baseball, Division I football, Division I softball and Division III women’s ice hockey.