Chad Karstetter, Penn College
The Graham-Ryder Award is bestowed upon USCA members who provide exemplary service to USCAA as Volunteers, Leaders, and Mentors and support USCA's Mission and Vision.
The award was first presented to Dr. Norm Graham (MSU) and Bob Ryder (JMU) at USIAC 2011 by Executive Director Lorretta Sinclair. Mrs. Sinclair believed that the dedication and service of many members, both athletes and coaches alike, is often overlooked. She created the Graham-Ryder award in honor of Dr. Graham and Mr. Ryder as two dedicated servants to college archery.
From 2000 until this year, Chad was the Head Coach for Penn College. During that time, he worked not only to improve the team, but he has also significantly contributed to College Archery.
Chad has coached all levels of archers, from beginning to elite. His efforts are always to help the archers achieve their best regardless of their level of experience. His team's performance includes Regional, National, and International awards.
Chad has taken many students who have never shot a bow before and developed them into a competitor in their respective division with his excellent coaching skills. Chad started and developed a women’s compound team, a women’s recurve team and a bow hunter team at the college, as well as provide a team of archers for the first 3-D USIAC, fully supporting the efforts of USCA to provide competition opportunities to all college archers regardless of their discipline and gender.
His success in coaching Penn College archers is proven with the awards and honors that are earned year after year. Chad is attributed to earning numerous National individual and team Championships, Regional individual championships and team championships as well as multiple world team members, one of whom earned a silver medal and two gold team medals for USA. Believing in academic excellence as well as sport, the Penn College team, under Chad's watchful eye have earned more than 45 All-American titles and also Academic Archery Honors.
Chad has fostered a desire in his archers to give back and they have been involved with the Read Across America program with the college sending athletes to a local elementary school to “Read with the Wildcats” as well as hosting the first “Youth Fun Day” where youth members of the Youth Hunter Education Challenge attended the event.
Chad's contributions to College Archery are significant. They include serving on the Board of the United States Collegiate Archery Association for the past four years. He has held the Eastern Regional Archery Championships at Penn College for six years. Chad was instrumental in working with Executive Director Lorretta Sinclair in establishing 3D archery as part of the US Collegiate Archery. Chad's belief that archery in college should be open to all college students has been part of the success in the growth of USCA.
Coach Karstetter stepped down as head coach of Penn College Archery in 2011. He also decided not to run for the USCA Board of Directors in 2012 so he could spend more time with his family, wife Debbie and their two children.
USCA honors Chad Karstetter for his commitment and dedication and thanks him for the role he has played in college archery.