The University of Nebraska named former Husker shooter Stacy Underwood as the new head coach of the rifle team on Thursday.
"It is a great honor to return to the University of Nebraska, the athletic department and the rifle program," Underwood said. "I believe it is always the dream of any student-athlete who enters into coaching to return to their alma mater. The Nebraska rifle program has a history of success, and it is my goal to build on that tradition with the great team that's already in place."
Underwood comes to Nebraska after serving as an assistant coach for Harry Mullins at Kentucky from 2007 to 2012. She helped the Wildcats to a 48-8 record during her tenure, earning five top-five NCAA finishes in the process. Kentucky won the 2011 NCAA Championship, shooting a championship-record 4700/4800 and the NCAA Match Record 4711/4800. Additionally, Kentucky earned one GARC Championship title and two GARC regular-season crowns, while 26 student-athletes were named All-Americans in her five years as an assistant coach.
Before her time as an assistant at Kentucky, Underwood competed for Nebraska's rifle team from 2003 to 2007. Underwood, a four-year letterwinner, was a two-time NRA All-American while shooting for the Huskers. In 2007, she was named GARC Senior of the Year, while earning first-team All-GARC honors in air rifle/combined. Underwood was named second-team All-GARC in smallbore as well as second-team NRA All-Collegiate in air rifle and smallbore.
Underwood served as the team captain during the 2004-05 campaign, when the Huskers earned a third-place NCAA finish. She capped off her Husker career by earning team MVP in 2007, leading the Huskers to a fifth-place NCAA finish. In 2004, Underwood was named Nebraska's most improved shooter, helping the Huskers to a sixth-place NCAA finish.
Underwood becomes Nebraska's fourth rifle coach, following Morgan Hicks (2007-12), Launi Meili (2002-07) and Karen Anthony (1998-2002).
"We are pleased to add Stacy Underwood as our head rifle coach at Nebraska," Associate Athletic Director Pat Logsdon said. "Having competed here as a student-athlete, along with her coaching experience, Stacy is a great fit for this University and our rifle program. She has great pride for her alma mater, and I'm confident she will provide the leadership, knowledge and passion to bring our rifle program back to national prominence."
Underwood graduated from the University of Nebraska in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in education. She earned her master's degree in kinesiology and health promotion from Kentucky in 2009. Underwood was born on May 29, 1984 in Mission Viejo, Calif.