Kacey Eggers Hits the Mark In and Out of the Classroom
Reigning National Archery Champion Kacey Eggers draws back her arrow with intensity in her eyes, releases, and for one moment, everything stops. On the range, Kacey competes fiercely, despite her sweet and humble personality. Her fierceness and humility drive her Olympic dreams and shooting at the professional level.
Kacey started an archery club on campus her freshman year. Her passion for archery began when she was seven years old and continued as a sport she can do with her family.
“The Wayne State club started with 5 people and now we are up to 20-30 people,” Kacey says. “After coming on a college visit I knew I could start an archery club and the college supported me.”
Not only did Kacey start a club, but she set her sights high as an incoming freshman three years ago. Through the support of her team and the college, Kacey stands as a member of the All American United States College Archery (USCA) team, the USCA All-Academic team and the All Region USCA team. Her success propelled her to the World University Games in Spain after placing in the top five at the United States Intercollegiate Archery Championship target competition.
Kacey hits the bull’s-eye on the range, and captures high marks in the classroom in pursuit of a double major in accounting and sport management. Professors saw Kacey’s potential as a leader and encouraged her to take what she learned in the classroom and apply it in her daily life.
“From different classes I’ve taken I’ve been able to integrate knowledge into how I run the club.” Kacey explains. “In my marketing class we learned how to advertise to different people. Bow hunting is a big deal in northeast Nebraska so I advertised to that audience and gained several new members.”
Kacey landed a job with the United States Collegiate Archery Association through a practicum she completed in conjunction with a sport management class.
“It has been a great experience for me before I enter the job market,” Kacey says. “Most people don’t get experience until their internship, but I have experience now, while in school, which puts me one step ahead of other college graduates.”
Now Kacey does what she loves as the events manager and publicist for the Collegiate Archery Association. Who said work couldn’t be fun?
Kacey aims at membership on the USA team, which will go for the gold at the University Archery Championships in Belgium in July 2014. Competing at the University Archery Championships will not go down in the books as just another competition.
“It’s a mini Olympics for college students,” Kacey says. “I will have a home field advantage for making the team, as Wayne State hosts the team trials in April 2014. We have a good team that works hard and that’s why I think the executive director asked us to host the team trials.”
Even after all of the titles and awards, Kacey still attributes her success to the college.
“Wayne State has given me the chance to achieve all of my dreams.” Kacey says. “Without the opportunity to start a club and shoot college archery at WSC, I wouldn’t have been able to be an All-American or hold any of the titles that I do today.”