The Impact of On Target Mentoring

Recently, Gray Fox Archery Association Founder Doc McCune was able to practice the principles of On Target Mentoring with good friend and relative, Jack Allen. Through their work together, Jack was able to overcome some of the limitations imposed by a neurological disorder he has lived with his entire life. His experience is a real-life example of the positive impact of On Target Mentoring.

Jack Allen is a graduate of Syracuse University (1992) with a B.A. in Psychology. He was also an offensive tackle in the Syracuse football program. Now he is a Project Manager for a contracting firm working the Securities and Exchange Commission, DC.


Jack was born with "essential tremor," a neurological condition causing his hands to shake a little and, when anxious, more.  He believed he'd never be able to shoot well again. He had shot in his early years, but as the pressures of life grew so did the tremors. 


Here is just a little bit about Jack's experience, from his point of view:


The Impact of On Target Mentoring“I was encouraged by Gray Fox Archery founder, 'Doc', who is my uncle-in-law, to get back into active archery, in part, as a means of learning to focus in order to calm anxiety and gain control over the symptoms of essential tremor.”


“Last year I bought a bow and have been practicing on and off.  I was always hitting left of the target, even after adjusting the sights! I called Doc and told him what I was doing. He gave me instruction and coaching over the phone--it really helped. A few tweeks of the sights and I was doing really well.”


“This year I've been chosen (by lottery) to hunt in the Leesburg, VA area near my home. I found out I had to get certified in order to participate. I searched the web and called around, and was directed to Ruth Rowe of The Archery Program ( who instructed me for 1 hour. Between the two: Doc and Ruth, I have improved tremendously and earned my certification to participate in the hunt.”


“To my amazement, my tremor has diminished. I love archery, hunting, and the out doors in general, and would love to join with GFAA  promoting their program and even help to start one of their chapters and develop an indoor archery range in Leesburg, VA.”

By Working with GFAA Founder Doc McCune using the principles of On Target Mentoring, Jack was able to reduce the symptoms of his essential tremor. This has positively impacted his ability as an archer and, more importantly, his life as a whole.

The three simple but powerful aspects of On Target Mentoring:

Allen2Based upon proven principles for success in the Art of Archery,a model for a lifetime of disciplined living

Fitted to the subjective needs of the trainee(s) by our multi-professional team

Providing ongoing coaching aimed at staying “on target” throughout life