Moniot to lead trap and skeet program

By Jake Knabel on Jun. 27, 2018 in Shooting Sports

SEWARD, Neb. – The 2018-19 campaign will mark a new era for Concordia University’s trap and skeet programs in more ways than one. On Wednesday (June 27), Scott Moniot was announced as the team’s new head coach. Moniot will lead a program that will now be administered within the athletic department and will be officially recognized as an intercollegiate varsity sport at Concordia.

Trap and skeet began at Concordia as a club team starting in the 2015-16 academic year. Dr. Joel Helmer, who serves as professor of geography and social sciences department chair, held the role of trap and skeet head coach for the first four seasons of the program’s existence. He will aid Moniot as an assistant in 2018-19.

Said Moniot in a statement, “I am very excited to join the Concordia family and am so grateful for the opportunity and the warmth and welcome extended to me by the administration and athletic staff. I am looking forward to the continuing development and success of the Trap and Skeet program as it transitions from a club sport to a varsity athletic program. I count it a privilege to partner with Concordia and to invest in the lives of young people as they pursue their faith, education and personal goals.”

Said Director of Athletics Devin Smith in a statement, “Coach Moniot has extensive experience and expertise in recruitment, promotion, coaching instruction (strategic mental approach) and program development. His relationship with Jesus became so evident in our time pursuing Scott for this position as the new leader of the Bulldog Trap and Skeet Team. Concordia University, Nebraska and Bulldog Athletics is blessed to have a person of this caliber joining our family to optimize the resources and maximize the relationships with our current and prospective students. Angela Muller (Associate AD) and I am convinced that he will develop champions in the classroom, community and competitive setting.”

As someone with a background in youth ministry, Moniot has long been passionate about positively impacting the lives of young people. Most recently, Moniot spent two years as the head coach for the shooting sports program at Simpson College, an NCAA Division III institution located in Indianola, Iowa. Originally from Michigan, Moniot made an immediate impact with the Storm to a Division IV International Trap national title at the 2017 Association of College Unions International Championships in San Antonio, Texas. At that same event, Simpson finished second in the Division IV High Over All (HOA) and team member Tom Miller won the individual Division IV B Class ACUI trap national championship.

Moniot has tutored several other standout individuals in his short time at Simpson. Maddy Bernau shot her way onto Team USA Shooting’s National Junior Team. A total of six of Moniot’s Storm shooters have qualified for the Junior Olympics. Additionally, Moniot’s student-athletes have excelled at high levels in the classroom.

Prior to joining the staff at Simpson, Moniot worked as the Scholastic Clay Target Program’s National Director of Development as an employee of the Scholastic Shooting Sports Foundation (SSSF). The SSSF is a not-for-profit organization and is a national leader in the youth shooting sports program. Their mission is to enhance the growth and personal development of student-athletes throughout the nation via shooting sports.

A Vennard College (Iowa) alum, Moniot brings many other qualifications. He has served as a coach and administrator for SCTP Junior Olympic Development Camps at the Olympic Training Center (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and as a National Coach Development Staff (NCDS) shotgun instructor and is certified as a level 3 advanced shotgun coach. He is a member of USA Shooting with more than eight years of experience in starting, developing and multiplying shooting sports programs from grade school through college.

Heavily involved in the communities in which he has lived, Moniot has spent more than 25 years combined in roles as a Christian education director, a children’s church coordinator, teacher and pastor. He has also volunteered his services as a fireman and as a little league and youth coach for various sports.

Scott and his wife Donna have three children: Stephanie, Jaci and Clay. Moniot graduated from Vennard with degrees in youth and camp ministry and theology.