This is Michael Anti's third year as assistant coach of the Academy's rifle program. With over 30 years experience in air rifle, three-position rifle and prone rifle, the veteran of the sport brings a wealth of experience in both his military career and as a marksman to the Academy's rifle team program.
Before coming to the Academy, Anti spent 20 years in the U.S. Army and retired at the rank of major in 2008. He joined the Army in January of 1988 and was stationed in Korea with the 1/503 IN before being assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit (USAMU) at Fort Benning, Ga., as an international rifle shooter from 1991 to 1994. While at Benning, Anti also received his Airborne Badge and Ranger Tab. In 1994, he was assigned to the 1St CAV DIV at Fort Hood, Texas, following this assignment Anti was reassigned to the USAMU in 1998.
A four time Olympian and the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, Anti learned to shoot at a junior club when he was nine so he could hunt with his father, who was also a rifle coach for the Marine Corps and the Naval Academy. He went on to become a four-time All-American at West Virginia University, where he led the WVU rifle team to three NCAA Championships. He graduated with a B.S. in business from WVU in 1987. He also spent 10 years in the Army's World Class Athlete Program. A native of Winterville, N.C., Anti now resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife, Anne and two sons, Matt and Will.
Anti was a 1992 Olympian in men's 50m prone rifle, 2000 Olympian in men's three position, earned the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics in three-position rifle, and a 2008 Olympian in men's prone. Anti is a two- time World Cup champion and won the silver medal at the 2000 World Cup Finals. Anti has been a member of the United States Shooting Team since 1981 and has won numerous national championships as well as competing in three championships of the Americas Games, three World Championship Games, and two Pan American Games winning numerous team and individual medals.
"I am very happy to have Mike on board," said head coach Launi Meili. "Mike was in four Olympics and won a silver medal in the Athens Games in 2004. So we now the team has a gold and silver medalist on the coaching staff. There aren't too many programs that can claim that."
Competition Highlights 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shooting (Smallbore), first place in Men's Prone Rifle, qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team 2004 Olympian in men's prone rifle and Olympic silver medalist in 3 position rifle 2000 Olympian in men's 3 position, 9th place 1992 Olympian in men's 50m prone rifle, 15th place 2008 World Cup Sydney 3 position champion Finished first in men's prone and 3-position at the 2004 National Championships. Finished second in men's prone and 3x40 at the Final Olympic Team Trials, double-qualifying for the 2004 Olympic Team Named a member of the 2003 Pan Am Team, but gave it up so the U.S. could fill its quota slots 2003 men's prone National Champion 2nd in 3x40 at the 2003 National Championships. 2nd in men's 3x40 and 3rd in men's prone at the 2002 Fall Selection Match. 4th at the 2002 World Championships in men's 3x40 and winner of a quota slot. Team silver in men's 3x40 and 300m 3x40. Silver medal in men's 3x40 at 2001 Championship of the Americas. Bronze medalist at the 2002 National Championships in men's 3x40. Silver medals in men's 3x40 and men's 50m prone at the 2001National Championships. Silver medal in men's 3x40 at 2000 Munich World Cup Final. Gold medalist in men's 3x40 at 2000 Atlanta World Cup. 2000 National Championships silver medalist in men's 3x40. Gold in 3x40 and silver in men's 50m prone at 1991 Pan American Games. Two silver and one bronze in air, men's 3x40 and prone rifle at 1989 Championship of the Americas Games. Member of the 1982 World Championships team.