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COACHING STAFF


TROY EMLEY | HEAD COACH

Coach Troy Emley enters his first season as the head coach for the RedTails Sports Shooting team. The Conrad, Iowa resident will be taking over for former head coach, Kevin Boldt.

Emley has been involved in hunting and shooting since a young age. He enrolled at Nebraska Christian College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministries in May of 2003. He worked as a Senior Minister at the First Christian Church in Central City, Nebraska until 2009 when he then transferred to Liscomb, IA until 2012. As a minister, Emley experienced the shooting sports with his congregation and fell in love with the sport.

He had been the head coach for many different sports at the high school level including football, baseball, and sports shooting. However, it was sports shooting that he saw a future for himself.  Emley founded the Central Iowa Straight Shooters team out of Conrad, Iowa in 2013. He was the head coach/executive director of the Central Iowa Straight Shooters until 2016 when he devoted himself solely toward his executive director responsibilities.  More recently, he received his coaching authorization certification seminar in 2013, and his Associates of Arts in Gunsmith Technology from the Iowa Valley Community College in 2015. He has earned certifications including the Iowa Department of Natural Resources Basic Shotgun Coaches Certification and the National Rifle Association: Shotgun Coach (Level 1).

Troy now lives in Conrad, Iowa with his wife, Jordan. He has three children; Nolan, Elizabeth, and Spencer.


DARELL PHILLIPS | ASSISTANT COACH

Coach Darell Phillips got involved with sports shooting at the age of twelve. He was introduced to the sport by one of his neighbors that was an avid hunter and trap shooter. Darell has been a competitive shooter for quite some time and has obtained several trophies throughout his career. He has placed third overall at the Iowa State shoot, and has placed second two times at the Grand American hosted by the Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA). Darell began coaching in 2009 as a volunteer assistant coach for the Don Bosco Trap Team in Gilbertville, IA. 

Phillips has always been passionate about the sport as it provides a challenge each time and is unique in the aspect of being an individual and team sport simultaneously. He likes to work with the athletes and watch their scores increase as they learn overtime. He enjoys coaching an athlete from breaking their first target to shooting their first 25 straight. 

Darell currently works full-time at Bertch Cabinets in Waterloo, IA where he has been employed for 35 years. 

"Sports shooting is a sport that most can learn to do. If you love the outdoors, having fun, and continuously working on improving your scores; then we want you on our team. Remember, keep your head on the stock, and your eye on the rock!"