USA Shooting Family Remembers BJ McDaniel

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 29, 2012)

BJ McDanielThe USA Shooting family lost an important friend and contributor this Memorial Day Weekend with the passing of BJ McDaniel (Placerville, Calif.) on Sunday afternoon. The long-time, valued supporter of international shotgun shooting, McDaniel was a passionate competitor, mentor, teacher, coach and referee to all that knew him. The shooting sports lost a part of itself with his passing and he'll dearly be missed.

McDaniel passed away on Sunday after being admitted to the hospital 11 days ago with sudden pancreatitis. 

McDaniel began as an International Skeet shooter and continued to compete until 1984 and then went on to give back to the sport in many more ways.  He had coached USA Shooting junior shotgun shooters in every phase of the international sport of shotgun shooting.  He unselfishly gave of himself the time and energy to develop young shooters from beginners to the elite.  A Charter Life Member of USA Shooting, he became the assistant to long-time US National Shotgun Coach Lloyd Woodhouse.  McDaniel was also a USAS/NRA Certified Coach and served on the International Shooting Sport (ISSF) Shotgun subcommittee.

He contributed as the primary instructor and co-author (with Mark Taylor) of the USA Shooting Shotgun Coach Certification Course.  BJ served as the Team Leader to several World Cups and as an assistant Team Leader during the 2001, 2003, and 2005 World Clay Target Championships.  He was an official for the shotgun events at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta and had earned a reputation worldwide as a most knowledgeable and capable expert of the shotgun sport.  B.J. was selected in 2002 as the Development Coach of The Year (Shooting) by USA Shooting and the United States Olympic Committee.

“BJ was a great asset to USA Shooting and will be sorely missed,” said Bret Erickson, current USA Shooting National Team Coach in Shotgun and a four-time Olympian in the sport.  “He was a huge supporter and member of the ISSF Shotgun subcommittee and worked with hundreds of young athletes helping them toward their Olympic Dream.”

“I will remember and miss his laughter and his easy smile,” said Terri DeWitt, 1996 Olympian. 

This game is easy,” McDaniel used to say and would challenge his shooters on the mental approach to the sport.

As we remember BJ, we remember those things which he tried to pass down to the shooting sports community. 

“Shooting is a sport for life,” McDaniel wrote in a 2003 article for USA Shooting News.  “The mental and emotional skills learned while shooting transfer directly into your life skills and can improve your successes throughout your entire life. Focus your efforts on improving your mental skills.  This game is easy. Don't you get it? The challenge is you.”

“I would like to thank all of his friends for all the prayers and loving support that he was given. I also want to thank you for your friendships to him that made his life so rich and rewarding. I know that he will be sorely missed. Life without B J will not be the same,” said Norine Geissler, BJ’s Aunt.

For friends of BJ, if you would like to communicate with BJ's family, the address is: Family of BJ McDaniel. c/o Norine Geissler. 5053 Midas Ave. Rocklin. CA. 95677. or