Andrea Koopman has been named the Southwest Regional Coordinator for Michigan S3DA. Andrea will work directly with Michigan State Coordinator, Cara Waite, to oversee the development and operations of S3DA throughout the Southwestern region of Michigan, including recruitment to gain additional S3DA coaches and teams, assisting new teams as they go through the formation and beginning phases of development, and providing support to the existing teams in the region.
Andrea Koopman currently resides in Comstock Park, Michigan with her husband, Al, and their fourteen-year-old daughter, Melody. The family enjoys hunting, fishing, traveling, family game nights, and of course, archery. Andrea got her first bow for the purpose of hunting, but later got into competitive archery. She competed in her very first archery tournament in 2019. Andrea become involved with Michigan S3DA when Melody began shooting a bow. Andrea quickly took an interest in helping the coaches, as she saw a need for more S3DA coaches to help with the kids. In March 2022, she became an S3DA Coach and in August, she participated in her first national Pro/Am.
Andrea said, “First and foremost, I love the family Michigan S3DA has become. You can see it in the faces at competitions when families from around the state are smiling and full of laughter. It is amazing to see all the helping hands, no matter the team, whenever needed and without a thought. Michigan S3DA opens the door for our youth to begin their journey of competitive archery. Whether a child decides they want to shoot Indoor, 3D, Outdoor Target, or all three disciplines, they get the opportunity to experience it all amongst their peers.”
Andrea says that competitive archery is all about making connections and helping others to understand what is available. Her goal is informing more people in Western Michigan about the Michigan S3DA program with the hopes of gaining more youth archers and S3DA teams. She says, “Growth and additional involvement comes from collaboration and education with local sports clubs, archery shops, and outdoor enthusiasts, but most importantly, it starts with parents.” Andrea is looking forward to becoming judge certified in the coming years to continue advancing in archery and teaching the next generation about what they can to help future generations.
Please visit the Michigan S3DA Facebook page to learn more about the program today!