Jason LaBella enters his ninth season as the head rifle coach at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in 2013-14.
LaBella recorded the first All-American award in the history of Rose-Hulman's rifle program by placing 17th nationally in smallbore at the 2004 NCAA Qualifier at Xavier University.
At the 2004 NCAA Rifle National Championships, LaBella placed 11th in the nation in air rifle, despite competing as a non-scholarship student-athlete against the top shooters from NCAA Division I, II and III.
In 2005, LaBella earned the Distinguished Expert Award for Service Rifle, making him the 1,768th recipient since the award's inception in 1884.
LaBella has also started a tradition of having the rifle team travel to unique locations for competition. The 2010-11 team traveled to Alaska for an NCAA Regional, and the 2012-13 squad headed to Boston and defeated MIT in two matches during an academic break.
The Engineer rifle program finished in the top 25 nationally among Division I, II and III programs for 10 consecutive seasons, highlighted by a 14th-place standing in 2004.
In 2005, members of the Rose-Hulman rifle program earned two first-team CoSIDA Academic All-American awards. Dan Cloutier and Jennifer Lowe earned the honors for their efforts in the classroom and on the range. Rose-Hulman was the only school to place one rifle team member on the CoSIDA Academic All-America team.
LaBella is a 2004 graduate of Rose-Hulman with a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. He also earned academic minors in Spanish and biomedical engineering. In addition to his role as Rose-Hulman's rifle coach, LaBella works as a quality engineer, producing automotive forward lighting assemblies, for North American Lighting.
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