Starting in the 2013-14 academic year, new student activities at Hastings College in Hastings, Nebraska, include bowling, archery and trapshooting. While the activities will provide exciting experiences for Hastings College students while expanding the College’s offerings, these sports have already provided opportunities for Hastings College to work with community partners, including Pastime Lanes, the Cottonwood Archery Club, the Hastings YMCA and Four Rivers Gun Club.
“Local groups, individuals and businesses have been generous in offering facilities and expertise to make these sports available to Hastings College students,” said Don Jackson ‘70, President of Hastings College. “In turn, our students will be expected to give back to the community. For example, the archery and shooting sports participants will help teach local youth proper technique and best safety practices.”
The Hastings College Bronco Bowling Club will offer scholarships in the fall of 2013, although the goal is ultimately to provide scholarships for students participating in archery and shooting as well. Ron Hergott, a 1982 Hastings College graduate, will serve as Head Coach for the bowling team, with Butch Hogan, a legendary high school bowling coach at Hastings (Neb.) High School, serving as Assistant Coach. Hogan will continue coaching at Hastings High School.
The Hastings College Bronco Archery and Trapshooting clubs, also coached by Hergott, may enter some competitions this spring but expand their schedules as they ramp up next year. With assistance from the Cottonwood Archery Club, the Hastings College Archery Club practices with both 3D and flat targets at the Hastings YMCA. The Trapshooting Club practices trap and skeet shooting at Four Rivers Gun Club southeast of Hastings.
Bio for Ron Hergott
Ron Hergott serves as Director of Lifetime Sports, including the Hastings College Bowling, Archery and Shooting clubs. A 1982 graduate of Hastings College, he served as Admissions Counselor for 11 years. During much of that time, he concurrently served as an Assistant Coach for track and field and for women's basketball.
Hergott is a certified archery instructor and a certified bowling instructor. For 35 years, he has been involved with archery and shooting sports.
Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Hastings College: Pursue Your Passion®. Visit Hastings.edu for more.