Marvin Spinks Full Biography

Marvin began his shooting career at age fourteen where he shot in his first National Championship and was introduced to members of the Army Marksmanship Unit (AMU).  By age sixteen he was traveling to Ft Benning, GA to train with AMU on a regular basis.  Because of this training with world-class athletes, Spinks learned to think on a different level than most junior shooters.


With this training, Marvin was able to win State, Regional, National and International titles. In 1978 Marvin won his first Junior National Championship. In 1979 he won the first Jr Olympic Championships at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and was named to the US Team. That summer he competed in the 2nd USOC National Sports Festival in Colorado Springs receiving an individual bronze medal and leading the South Team to the gold medal.  In 1980 he won his first International Gold Medal as a Junior at the 1980 Benito, Juarez Championships in Mexico City, Mexico.


Attending West Virginia University on a shooting scholarship, he was named a double All-American. Two years later Marvin became a member of the Army Marksmanship Unit under the World-Class Athlete program, where intense emphasis was placed on the mental aspect of shooting and coaching.  Lanny Basham, Zig Ziglar, Bill Krilling, and others drilled mental exercises into the US Team members to elevate their performance.


At the AMU, Marvin was able to study world-class shotgun athletes like Dan Carlisle, Mathew Dryke, and study coaching techniques of the famous AMU shotgun coach Burl Branham.  Upon retiring from international shooting, Spinks started the Center Shot Shooting School.


In 1998 he was able to put “Next Level Training” methods into practice full time at the Callaway Garden Gun Club (CGGC) where he started the CGGC Shotgun Shooting School, which served competitive shooters, garden guests, and corporate groups.


Marvin has taught more than 3,500 students during more than 10,500 hours of USA Shooting (USAS), National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA), National Skeet Shooters Association (NSSA), Amateur Trapshooting Association (ATA) and the Federation Internationale De Tir Aux Armes Sportives De Chasse (FITASC) instruction.


Marvin is the only coach in the country certified by all US International and American discipline National Governing Bodies (NGB's) - NRA/USASATANSCA, and NSSA. He was named to the NRA/USAS National Coach Development Staff by HQ Moody in 2006 and has taught more than 500 NRA/USAS coach candidates to date.  In 2003, he was the youngest to graduate the NSCA Level III instructors’ course in the country. Marvin was a staff instructor at the 2004 and the 2005 Team USA Super Schools at NSCA Headquarters. 


Marvin is one of only eighty-one shotgun coaches worldwide who is recognized by the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) as an Internationally Certified Olympic Level Shotgun Coach. The ISSF is the international governing body of the Olympic shooting sports.  The 11th ISSF Academy coaches' course was one week long (Nov. 23 - 30, 2007). Thirty-one coaches from fourteen nations came together for the course at the Kuortane Sports Institute in Kuortane, Finland.


Marvin has consulted in Youth /Coach Development™ for several state Scholastic Clay Target Programs including Arkansas,  Arizona,  Tennessee, Georgia, California, and several national organizations.  He is a graduate of the American Sport Education Program(ASEP) with a Bronze level designation and holds a coaching certification from the Georgia High School Association (GHSA).


In 2011, Marvin partnered to establish the United States Clay Target Foundation, a not for profit shotgun education program designed to support athletes at the grassroots level in shotgun safety, training and education, as well as provide coaching and facilities for shotgun athletes pursuing Olympic dreams. Spinks is currently serving as Head Coach at the United States Clay Target Academy, an Olympic development program for Olympic shotgun sports.


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