Our coaches

Coach Eaton at a Saturday practice

Head Coach Allison Eaton

Coach Eaton, a former Cedar Ridge High School science teacher, devotes her free time helping others learn the joy and discipline that is archery.
Initially Allison shot Recurve in both USAA and NFAA events winning a number of field events. In 2016 she made the shadow team for USAA Olympic recurve women. In 2017 she won the Shenk Award for top female in all three disciplines: indoor, outdoor & field. She has represented Team USA at several world Championships between 2014-2018. In 2019 she switched to barebow. In 2023 she took Gold and Silver in the IBO Triple Crown and World Championship, respectively. She also took bronze in the 2023 Pan Am Field championships. She is a USA Archery Level 4 National Training System coach. She offers private lessons as her schedule permits.

Coach Wade Allen

Back in the dark ages Wade started with Milwaukee County Park archery lessons in Milwaukee, WI. He and his dad shot at Whiffen Archery. Larry Whiffen’s shop was like a candy store. All sorts of bows and equipment that you could try in the shop’s indoor range. After a break of many years Wade is shooting again. He is a Level 2 certified instructor and a USA Archery judge.  At the moment he has gone backwards, from shooting recurve to traditional long bow (aka “a stick”). Schedule permitting, he competes in USA Archery, NC Field Archery and British Long-Bow Society events. In 2017/18 Wade and Coach Kim were part of the first American team to compete in the British Long-Bow Society’s Portsmouth Postal Tournament. Their team took 4th. He also participates in the NC Senior Games.

Coach Kim Allen

After two years of acting as logistics manager for Wade and her son, Coach Kim decided she might as well give it a try, too. So at age 51, she took up archery. She is now a USA Archery Level 2 instructor and like her husband, a barebow and longbow archer. As her schedule permits, she competes in USA Archery, North Carolina Field Archery and British Long-bow events as well as the NC Senior games.

 

Coach Greg Ernandes

Coach Ernandes is a USA Archery Level 2 certified instructor.  He has been a coach at Wolf Ridge Archery since 2012.  Greg’s specialty is compound bows and he routinely places in the Top 10 male compound bow archers in state competitions.  He also shoots barebow well. In 2017 he won the North Carolina Field Archery State Indoor Championships in Senior Male Traditional (and set a new state record). He was also the National Field Archery Associations’ Southeastern Sectional Senior Male Traditional champion.  When he is not “arching,” Coach Ernandes builds sheds, bow racks, ground quivers and other equipment for the Club.  He is also the kids’ favorite substitute teacher at Cedar Ridge High school. 

3 men standing on an archery field

Meet 3 of our 4 new Level 2 instructors. Left to Right: Ramon Brito, Richard Woodland and Robbie Link. Not pictured: Cam Machi.


Coach David Kuzminski standing in front of a fine target!

Coach David Kuzminski

In February of 2024, Coach David Kuzminski passed away peacefully in his home from pancreatic cancer. David was an integral part of our club. He was a patient coach who encouraged and helped many new archers. He always thought of ways we could improve our field and practices. The field markers, the net stand, and the various ground quivers are just a few of his contributions!  He was often there before practice to blow away leaves or help re-line our field. He was a keen competitor, but the experience was more important than the score. He enjoyed the fellowship and hilarity that comes with being a barebow archer. He was also a strong proponent of the Orange County Senior games and helped young at heart adults find their way to our club. We all miss his presence