2023 Robertson County alumnus Kole Whalen has dedicated to Kentucky Christian College to hitch their archery program.
Whalen, a member of the RCS Black Devils archery workforce since 2018, has made large strides prior to now few years. Going from averaging 240 a shoot, to 270 is what received Whalen observed by KCU head archery coach, Mark Whitt.
“Lately I received a 280 pin, which suggests I shot larger than 280. The way in which they rating it, is such as you shoot three flights, every flight is 5 arrows and the perfect you may get per arrow is a ten, so the perfect you may get per flight is 50. So we max out at 300. It’s like a take a look at, and your bow is your pencil.” stated Whalen.
Whalen was extremely excited to listen to he had gotten reached out to, to return shoot for a school archery workforce. He had joined the RCS archery workforce as a pastime again in center college, and fell in love with the game. Capturing archery was one thing he had accomplished in his free time at house, and the power to compete in opposition to different expert archers in highschool, and now past is one thing that he’s trying ahead to.
“I didn’t anticipate it in any respect. I used to be on my technique to work, and received 4 texts from all of the archery coaches saying ‘hey this dude from a school is wanting you to return shoot archery for him.’ I began trying into it and was like, that’s cool. He was persistent about it too, he was like we would like you dangerous.” stated Whalen.
Whalen stated that his swift enchancment during the last couple years is what peaked Whitt and KCU’s curiosity in him. Whalen then praised his coaches, Gail Chain and Mike McConnell for enhancing his accuracy in such a fast period of time.
“It’s exhausting to go up thirty factors like that, particularly not attending to shoot COVID years. My coaches actually simply helped me perceive what I’m doing fallacious. Having them clarify to me what I’m doing fallacious after which doing the little micro-adjustments to get all of it labored out.” stated Whalen.
Not solely was he requested to hitch the archery workforce, KCU provided him a considerable scholarship to assist cowl the price of enrolling at school. Whalen stated that with the ability to shoot archery on the collegiate degree, on high of being supplied a scholarship, make KCU a simple alternative for him. He stated that the scholarship will assist cowl just a little over a 3rd of the price of tuition, with KCU averaging $22,130 per semester.
Whalen plans to main in enterprise administration as soon as enrolled in KCU. Whalen heard that KCU has a superb enterprise administration program, and wished to check the waters to see if he loved the main.
His time with the RCS archery workforce has ready him for what’s to return, with him figuring out methods to enhance, being prepared to alter his approach and do what it takes to turn out to be a greater archer. He seems to be ahead to studying from a workforce, and a training workers on the next degree, and hopes that he can proceed to stay aggressive on the faculty degree.
With him surpassing the 280 mark, and persistently taking pictures 270, Whalen has been a worthwhile asset to the Robertson County archery workforce, and might be absolutely missed by his teammates and training workers.
“I’m very excited. I don’t know if it’s completely different from highschool, however often the archery season begins within the fall. I believe they’ll begin practising as quickly as college begins. They’re a non-public college so that they’re technically not divisional, but when they have been a public college I believe they’d be D2. There’s 4 or 5 colleges I do know that all of them shoot collectively. I do know UPike’s one among them as a result of that’s like, there greatest competitor.” stated Whalen.
Whalen is able to tackle the subsequent steps of his journey, and is trying ahead to seeing what faculty life brings him. The expertise of changing into a school athlete was one thing he had by no means anticipated, however is welcome to the problem.
Kentucky Christian College will begin again August 4th, with a number of native athletes becoming a member of the ranks. Whalen would be the just one from Robertson County to hitch, and is trying ahead to assembly his new teammates, classmates and instructors. He’s prepared and prepared to place within the work, and hopes to make his household proud transferring ahead.