Patrick D. Cherry has a long and storied history at Ohio State. He has served as the Buckeye rifle coach since 1988. Cherry coached OSU to a second place smallbore rifle and third place air rifle finish at the 1991 NCAA Rifle Championships, where OSU finished third overall.
A 1959 graduate of Plains Local High School at Mt. Sterling, Ohio, he played football and ran track. While serving in the U.S. Army from 1959-62 he became involved in sport parachuting at Ft. Bragg and competitive rifle shooting as a member of the Fulda Germany Rod and Gun Club and the competitive rifle team of the Aviation Co., 14th Cavalry, 7th Army from 1960-62.
Cherry served as rifle instructor and coach in many youth rifle programs since 1966. He coached the Pickaway County Junior Rifle Club from 1972 until 1988. Cherry served as president of The Ohio Rifle and Pistol Association from 1984-86 as director of junior shooting programs from 1981-88. Cherry also served as director of the Buckeye Junior Rifle League from 1981 to 1988. He has been a member of the National Rifle Association Shooting Coach Development Staff and a NRA Training Counselor. Cherry has worked with several junior rifle training programs at Camp Perry, Olympic Training Center and the NRA Whitting Training Center in New Mexico. At present he teaches rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery for the PE classes at OSU. He also is a leader level instructor of the American Coaching Effectiveness Program. Cherry was appointed to the NCAA Rifle Committee commencing Sept. 1, 1999and served to Sept. 1, 2003.
Cherry's rifle coaching and youth work has been recognized by The Ohio House of Representatives, The League of Ohio Sportsmen, The U.S. Army Director of Civilian Marksmanship and the National Rifle Association. A medallion also was presented by the Youth Foundation of Physical Education and Sports Development of Leningrad, Russia, for rifle training in Leningrad in 1991.
Cherry has worked on many environmental projects over the past years and has held a license in the State of Ohio in steam engineering, water and wastewater treatment. A graduate of ICS Environmental Engineering Program, Cherry has taught both basic and advanced wastewater treatment courses. He received the Water Conservationist of the Year Award from the League of Ohio Sportsmen and the Ohio Wildlife Federation. He also has been recognized by the Ohio House of Representatives for work in water conservation.
Cherry was honored by the National Rifle Association at the conclusion of the 2002 season with the Outstanding Service To Collegiate Shooting Sports award.
The City of Columbus awarded Cherry the Santa Maria Award for innovative work in the environmental field.
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