1983 NCAA Rifle Championships

The 1983 NCAA Rifle Championships were contested at the fourth annual tournament to determine the team and individual national champions of NCAA co-ed collegiate rifle shooting in the United States. The championship was held at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.[1]

1983 NCAA Rifle Championship
Tournament information
SportCollegiate rifle shooting
Location Cincinnati, OH
Host(s)Xavier University
Venue(s)Xavier University Rifle Range
Final positions
ChampionsWest Virginia (1st title)
1st runners-upTennessee Tech
2nd runners-upEast Tennessee State
Tournament statistics
SmallboreDavid Johnson, WVU
Air rifleRay Slonena, TTU

West Virginia, with a team score of 6,166, won their first team title, finishing 18 points ahead of three-time defending champion Tennessee Tech. The Mountaineers were coached by Olympian Edward Etzel.

The individual champions were, for the smallbore rifle, David Johnson (West Virginia) and, for the air rifle, Ray Slonena (Tennessee Tech).


Since there is only one national collegiate championship for rifle shooting, all NCAA rifle programs (whether from Division I, Division II, or Division III) were eligible. A total of seven teams ultimately contested this championship.


  • Scoring: The championship consisted of 120 shots by each competitor in smallbore and 40 shots per competitor in air rifle.

Team title

West Virginia6,166
Tennessee Tech6,148
East Tennessee State6,100
4Murray State6,094
6Eastern Kentucky6,032
7Eastern Washington5,976

Individual events

Event Winner Score
Smallbore David Johnson, West Virginia 1,175
Air rifle Ray Slonena, Tennessee Tech 389


  1. "NCAA Rifle Championships Results" (PDF). NCAA. NCAA.org. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
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