Kansas City Crushers Club History

Starting from zero

Kansas City Crushers started in 2011 after our original head coach, Scott Moniot, moved to the Kansas City area from Iowa. Scott’s son Clay had been a member of a Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP) team in Iowa and was looking for a team to join.

The family checked with Powder Creek Shooting Park to determine whether they had a youth clay target team, but the facility only had a trap team at the time. So the Moniots took matters into their own hands and started a team.

Taking off like a shot

Scott worked with SCTP and Powder Creek to become a certified coach and served as the club’s only coach for its first year. With sponsorship help from CZ-USA and TriStar Arms and the support of many parent volunteers, Kansas City Crushers took off … well … like a shot. The group worked hard to raise funds, including over $9000 in prize money won by members during various events.

Within three years, club membership grew to approximately 90, with members ranging from third graders to high school students. Other parents, including Bob Patterson, Doak Stitt, Chris Hodgedon, Joan Harding and Dennis Horner became involved, with several becoming certified coaches.

Scott eventually passed the head coaching torch to Jon Francis whose son Kyle was part of the team. Jon was assisted by Bob Patterson, whose son Nate was also a Kansas City Crushers team member. Bob then took over as head coach, staying with the club even after Nate graduated high school. From there, Mark Freeman took over as head coach. Mark is currently finishing his tenure and BJ Powell will take on the head coach role.

Continued growth

Many of our alumni have gone on to participate in shooting sports in college, including teams at Midland University, Lindenwood UniversityConcordia University, Wichita State, Fort Hays State, Kansas State University, Alabama, and William Penn University. Scott himself has gone on to take a coaching position at Concordia University.

Like the sport itself, our club continues to grow every year. We invite you to join us and be part of a sport that encourages self-confidence and creates lasting memories.

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