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Derrick Mein

Date of Birth: 8/26/1985

Hometown: Paola, Kansas

Event: Trap

Personal

Grew up on a small farm in southeast Kansas and developed a love of the outdoors at an early age tagging along with his dad while quail and deer hunting. Got started in sporting clays at age 8 joining his dad in a small league at a local club. With the help of his dad, he began to develop his skills as a competitive shooter. Has been competing as a member of the NSCA since 1995, winning 13 state championships and leading the USA Sporting Clays Team to multiple team world titles.

The shooting sports earned him a scholarship to Lindenwood University. While there, he was on dual scholarship for baseball and the shotgun team. After a couple years. he transferred to Kansas State University to pursue a degree in Animal Science, graduating in 2008. While at KSU, he won the ACUI Collegiate Clay Target Championship, a format that includes international trap, international skeet, American skeet, American trap, and sporting clays.

After graduating from college, he moved to Ohio where he designed and managed Cardinal Center Sporting Clays. Having successfully getting the facility up and going, he took the chance to move closer to home to manage Powder Creek Shooting Park. In 2013, he married Diana, in what he admits is the "best decision he has ever made." "She has become my rock, biggest supporter and motivator in pursuit of becoming a full-time coach and competitor in the shooting sports," he said. In May of 2016, the Mein family welcomed their daughter Rylie to the world.

During his years in the shooting sports, Mein has competed in many different disciplines, including sporting clays, skeet, trap, international trap, and helice, winning national titles and earning Team USA honors in helice, international trap, and sporting clays. He's a perennial NSCA All-American, a F.I.T.A.S.C. World Sporting Clays Champion, World English Sporting Champion, World All Around Shotgun Champion, a NSCA National Champion, captain of the NSCA All-American Open Team, was an inaugural member of the Professional Sporting Clays Association and his also the only American sporting clays competitor to be crowned FITASC World Champion, English Sporting World Champion, and National Sporting Clays Champion.

"As a participant in the shooting sports, I will always be thankful for the teammates, friends, and memories I have made, because everything I have accomplished would mean nothing without them to share it with," Mein said. 

Competition Highlights

  • Nine-time USA Sporting Clays Team member

  • USA FITASC Sporting team Captain

  • 12-time NSCA All-American 1st Team

  • PSCA Pro

  • US Helice Team USA

  • 13-time Kansas State Champion

  • 2019 ICTSF World English Sporting Champion

  • 2019 US Open FITASC Champion

  • 2019 USA Shooting National Team (Olympic Trap)

  • 2019 NSCA USA FITASC Team Captain

  • 2018 American Grand Prix Champion

  • 2018 NSCA All American Open Captain

  • 2018 US FITASC Grand Prix Champion

  • 2018 World All Around Champion

  • 2018 U.S. Open FITASC Champion

  • 2018 Southeast Regional Champion

  • 2018 NSCA Championship Tour Champion

  • 2017 NSCA National Champion

  • 2017 National FITASC Champion

  • 2017 North American FITASC Champion

  • 2016 FITASC World Champion

  • 2016 NSCA National Sub Gauge All Around Champion 

  • 2016 US Open Runner Up

  • 2015 Nad Al Sheba Desert Shooting Champion

  • 2015 National 28 ga Champion

  • 2015 Northeast Regional Champion

  • 2013 Krieghoff Kup Champion

  • 2013 World English Sporting Clays finalist

  • 2011 US Open FITASC Champion

  • 2010 USHA Helice National Champion

  • 2008 ACUI Collegiate All-Around National Champion

  • 1999 NSCA Sub-Jr National Champion

 

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