Wildcats Faces Ohio State and Memphis on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio
Stacy Underwood is in her fourth season working as an assistant coach for the Kentucky rifle team and her first as a full-time assistant coach under head coach Harry Mullins. For the last three seasons, Underwood functioned as graduate assistant coach for the Wildcats.
"We are very excited to have Stacy join our program on a full-time basis," Mullins said. "She has been such a huge part of the program the last three seasons and we are thrilled that she now has an official role. We are very grateful of (athletics director) Mitch Barnhart and (deputy director of athletics) Mark Coyle for supporting the program and making it possible to continue to take steps toward reaching our goals."
"I am excited to officially join the coaching staff for Kentucky," Underwood said. "The opportunity to be named full time is a strong statement in terms of the support that Mr. Barnhart and the University of Kentucky athletics department has for the rifle team to remain one of the top programs in the country. The past three years have been a great learning experience working under coach Mullins. The rifle program has a rich tradition of excellence and I hope to contribute to that tradition during my time here."
A former standout shooter for the nationally prominent Nebraska women's rifle team, Underwood, was an All-American in both guns for the Cornhuskers. She closed out a stellar career as a Cornhusker, leading Nebraska to four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. In her senior season, Underwood emerged as one of the most improved shooters in the nation, earning team Most Valuable Shooter honors, in addition to All-GARC accolades in both guns.
During the 2006-07 season, Underwood claimed four individual air rifle titles. Her best finish was against TCU and Air Force, where she shot a career-best 594, which earned her a second-place spot in Nebraska's all-around air rifle records and a first-place spot on Nebraska's senior air rifle records. Underwood also claimed first place in smallbore against Memphis with a score of 581. Underwood averaged scores of 575 in smallbore and 585.8 in air rifle on the year.
As a junior, Underwood made frequent appearances as part of the Nebraska smallbore lineup and improved her performance as an individual competitor in air rifle. She tabbed career-high marks in both disciplines with a 584 in smallbore at the collegiate sectional and a 587 in air rifle. At the GARC Championships, Underwood helped the Huskers to their second consecutive conference title with a score of 572 in smallbore.
Underwood came to Nebraska as a 2003 California state champion in three-position smallbore and in the English prone. Named team captain for the 2004-05 season, Underwood was named the Most Improved Marksman at NU in 2003-04.
Underwood, 26, is the daughter of Cathy Underwood and Matt Lapitsky and was born on May 29, 1984, in Anaheim, Calif. Recently, Underwood completed her master's degree from UK in Biomechanics.
Underwood, who earned her undergraduate degree in Education and Human Science, is a 2002 graduate of Troy High School, where she was on the President's Honor Roll. In addition to her shooting, Underwood also lettered four years in track in high school, where she qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation Finals and was selected as the Troy High School MVP in 2002. Underwood attended Fullerton College during the 2002-03 year.
"Stacy has tremendous knowledge and great passion for our sport," Mullins said. "She will bring a lot to our program, she has great organizational skills, a championship drive and motivation to succeed. I am very excited for her to be a full-time staff member with our program. One of her strong points is the intensity that she brings to our sport. As a competitor she was always the one outworking the rest of the field. I feel very confident that as a coach this will not change only in the fact that it will get even stronger. She has a tremendous drive to succeed and we are ecstatic to have her as part of the program."
Honors and Awards * GARC Senior of the Year (2007) * First-team All-GARC in air rifle/combined * GARC Senior of the Year (2007) * Second-team All-GARC in smallbore (2007) * Second-team NRA All-Collegiate in air rifle/smallbore (2007) * 2006-07 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Representative * 2006-07 Most Valuable Shooter * Team Captain (2004-05) * Named team Most Improved Marksman (2003-04) * California State Champion, Women's Three-Position Rifle (2003) * California State Champion, Women's English Prone Rifle (2003) * California State Junior Champion, Women's Three-Position Rifle (2003)