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FEATURE | EMIL PRASLICK
tactics" he said. I asked him to elaborate. "An
"What happened?" I asked. I was on the edge
example of acting tactically is shooting into the
of my seat. Praslick is a compelling story-teller.
wind, adjusting your aim, and assessing. Drafting
"They called it wrong" he said. "[It] cost us
a plan for execution is strategy. A good shooter
the record. The AMU service rifle team gained
"
knows the difference.
"
complete confidence in Praslick during that
When asked about coaching in general,
windy team match in West Virginia. Any doubt in
Praslick's eyes widened, as if he was a professor
his coaching ability ceased to exist. I had to know
about to converse with a star pupil. The same
more, so I prodded him-"Why did you let them
man I had seen from Reading the Wind appeared.
call their own wind?"
He had been feverishly looking up shooting titles
"Coaching this team is as much about keeping
and records on his iPad, but he then put it down
them mentally prepared, as it is having them
and gave me 30 years of coaching advice in
practice their shooting. Managing personalities,
30 minutes. I was all ears.
keeping them in one everlasting mindset:
"[When] I began coaching for the AMU in 2004,
when the AMU goes to the firing line, they
I encountered some difficulty at first. I had to find
are supposed to win. Period."  
a way to get the team to have confidence in me.
If you spend enough time with the teams,
It is impossible to coach someone that does not
it quickly becomes known that the AMU's
believe in you. If a shooter doesn't trust you that
major focus is on the win mission. Praslick never
is a problem.  
"
mentioned this once to me. He didn't have to,
Praslick did end up gaining his team's conbecause Praslick personifies that statement. His
fidence. But, that does not mean he was not
entire job is one big win mission. This became
willing to take risks, or rather allow his shootclear to me, when I asked him whether coaching
ers' some leeway in how they do their jobs. He
is something you are born with, or something
recalled an interesting anecdote. "I was coaching
you learn. He replied with three qualities a
the team [at a four-man match] in West Virginia.
competitive shooting coach must have.
Our four-man team was on
"You have to be analytical.
pace to break a long-standing
You must have empathy, so
600-yard high power record.
you know what they are going
▼ Praslick's AMU Hall of Fame plaque
The conditions were terrible,
through. But most of all, you
hangs on the wall outside his office.
extremely windy.
"
have to be a good shooter.
"
Windy conditions during longI next asked Praslick what he
range matches are Praslick's
considers to be bad coaching.
specialty. He continued:
"There is pressure for any
"[Two] team members asked
coach to make the correct
me if they could call the wind
call. I've seen where coaches
on their own. I was faced with
do not adapt to changing
a difficult decision: allow my
conditions, instead insisting
team to make a choice that
on set procedures and
will definitely cost us the reset disciplines. That is
cord, or deny them the trust I
bad coaching.  
"
had so carefully cultivated
Praslick uses an effective
over the years. I ended up 
mix of old and new, in
letting them call the wind
coaching the service rifle
[for their pair], while calling
team. "I often look back
the first pair myself.  
"
to training manuals from

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