We are proud to announce that Dan Murphy has joined us here at Trapshooting Online.com as another contributor to our “Ask the All-Americans” column. Dan brings a tremendous resume with him. Not only has he reached the highest levels on the trap line, but he has also served as ATA Delegate for Wisconsin.
From 1996-2000, Dan earned a spot on five ATA All-American First Teams. Throughout his career, Dan also was named to seven Wisconsin All-State teams, including 4 times as Junior captain and once as Men’s Co-Captain.
In 2002, Dan reached the ultimate career achievement when he completed his ATA Grand Slam with 100×100 from 27 yards at Spanish Fork, Utah. This made him the 301st in ATA history to reach that mark. Dan’s Grand Slam also made him the 6th ever as well as the youngest in Wisconsin trap history to achieve that feat.
Dan’s accomplishments do not stop with ATA trap. He took his skills to the international level in 1998 at the USA Shooting Junior Olympics International Single Trap event where he was a Silver Medalist. His win earned him a spot on the National Development Team.
Dan’s major wins include:
- 1997 Junior Clay Target Champion
- 1997 Grand American Junior Doubles Champion
- 1999 and 2000 Grand American Champion of Champions Junior Champion
- 1997 Grand American William E. Burgess Handicap Champion (100×100 26 yards)
- 1998-2000 Wisconsin Junior Singles Champion
- 1996 Wisconsin Sub-Junior Singles Champion
- 2004 Wisconsin State Doubles Champion
- 7-time Doubles High Average for the state of Wisconsin
- Other Grand American Trophies: 2004 AAA Champ in the Deborah Ann Ohye Doubles and 2002 AAA Champ in the Richard Marshall Doubles
- Numerous other Junior and Sub-Junior awards at the Grand American, Satellite Grand Americans, ATA Central Zone, and the Wisconsin State Shoot.
Dan’s lifetime ATA target history includes – Singles 42,100; Handicap 43,050; Doubles 42,150.
Dan has spent considerable time off of the trapline helping to further the sport. From 2004-2007, Dan was Wisconsin’s ATA Delegate. He also founded, developed, and maintained the website of the Wisconsin Trapshooters Association from 2000-2007.
He has also spent time on the Wisconsin State Shoot Trophy Committee as well as the Wisconsin State Shoot Shootoff Committee.
The son of Jerry and Janice Murphy, Dan was first introduced to trapshooting at the age of 12 by his father, Jerry (multiple-time Wisconsin All-State Team member and former Wisconsin ATA Delegate and WTA Director). Dan says, “he taught me the art of marathon shooting, or as he likes to call it “target hogging.” To him, there is nothing more satisfying than going out and shooting 500 handicap targets, taking a short break for lunch, and going back out and pounding 500 doubles.”
Dan graduated from Wisconsin Dells High School and received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Since graduating from UW-P, he has been an Information Systems Consultant for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance company at their headquarters in Downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Dan met his wife Melissa while attending the 2007 Wisconsin Southeast Zone Shoot at the Boxhorn Gun Club in Muskego, WI. Her parents owned the club at the time, and she has been a member of the ATA since before they met. Married in September of 2010, they have a Pomeranian puppy named Wrigley and currently reside in Oak Creek, Wisconsin (a suburb of Milwaukee). Melissa’s parents still manage the Boxhorn club where Dan has been the ATA Shoot Director for the club since the 2010 season.
In addition to running ATA shoots at Boxhorn, Dan also maintains his blog (titled “Shooting My Mouth Off” and located at http://aaa27aaa.blogspot.com) and he likes to assist other shooters with improving their mental and mechanical trapshooting skills.
Dan, welcome to the team!