For successful athletes, academics and sports merge
By Dave Geringer and Jamie Schanback
Matt Wallace • Rifle
rifle team has become synonymous with success, winning seven NCAA championships,
the last six consecutively. Senior Matt Wallace of Fairbanks joined the
Nanooks after a successful career at Lathrop High School. He has been
successful in the classroom as well.
He trains at least 20 hours a week, with most of the time spent shooting. "It's kind
of like practicing with a musical instrument," said UAF Head Rifle Coach Glenn
can take a couple months off, but you can't take a couple years off."
Wallace is working on a bachelor
of technology degree, and has earned
outstanding honors competing in rifle. He's been an All-American three
years in a row, earning first team status as both a sophomore and as a junior. He is also
a member of the United States national development team.
A flexible schedule helps Wallace succeed. "We shoot six days a week, but the schedule
is flexible, according to your classes," said Wallace. "Saturdays we have practice
matches which are called record days, and they run just like a match to get us prepared. The
scores are used to decide who will be on the team. I have a different class schedule Tuesday
and Thursday, so my practice schedule is different. I'm taking 18 credits, so there is
some extra stuff in the mix."
Time management is of the essence, according to Wallace. "I look ahead at the schedule
and plan," Wallace said. "If I'm behind, I put in some extra time to catch
up, and, if I'm caught up, I put in some extra time to get ahead. It's definitely
a balancing act."
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All UAF photos by Todd Paris unless otherwise noted.