Anthony I. Matarese Jr.
Anthony began his teaching career at the young age of 14 and many of his students have gone on to have great success at the national and international level. He is recognized as one of the very best shooting instructors in the world. His dedication to the game and his passion to pass on what he has learned to other shooters is evident in this teaching. Anthony has become one of the leaders in the shooting world and his experience will make you a better shooter. He is a Graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he earned degrees in both Business Finance and Economics. Anthony teaches shooters of all experience levels from first time shooters to world-class shooters.
27 Time All-American Team Member
16 Time Member of Team USA Sporting Clays
15 Time Member of Team USA FITASC
3 Time Browning / Briley Champion
4 Time Great American Champion
6 Time New Jersey State Champion
5 Time All-Around HOA at National Championship
3 Time National FITASC Champion
2 Time East Coast Championship HOA
2001 US Open Runner-Up
2005 US Open Course Designer
2006 Seminole Cup Champion
2006 US Open Third Over-all
2006 World FITASC Bronze Medalist (Tied for Gold Medal, lost in shoot-off)
2007 US Open Third Over-all
2008 US Open Champion
2008 World FITASC Silver Medalist
2008 National Sporting Clays Champion
2009 US Open Third Over-all
2009 National Championship 3rd Over-all
2010 World FITASC Bronze Medalist
2011 National Championship 3rd Over-all
2011 US Open Course Designer
2011 World FITASC Bronze Medalist
2012 US Open Champion
2012 National Championship Runner-up
2013 US Open Third Over-all
2013 International Trap National Championship – 5th
2013 National Championship Runner-up
2014 Nad Al Sheba Silver Medalist – Dubai – UAE
2014 National Sporting Clays Hall of Fame Inductee
2015 World Championship Team International Trap
2016 Gator Cup Champion (100 Straight on Day 1)
2016 World Sporting Clays Champion
2016 World FITASC Bronze Medalist
2016 National Championship Runner-up
2017 National Championship 3rd Overall
2018 US Open Runner-up
2018 National Championship 3rd Overall
2019 Gator Cup Champion
2020 World FITASC Champion
2021 National FITASC Champion
2021 US Open Champion
2022 US Open Runner-up
2022 National Championship 3rd Overall
Wins as a Junior Shooter:
3 Time National Junior Champion
3 Time US Open Junior Champion
Sub-Jr National Champion
3 Time National FITASC Junior Champion
Chief Instructor and Founder of A.I.M. Shooting School
Anthony I. Matarese Jr. of Pennsville, NJ was born in 1984 and started shooting at six years old. At age 10 he started shooting competitive sporting clays and began studying the art of shooting under the guidance of Olympic Medalist Dan Carlisle.
Anthony’s list of accomplishments is long, impressive and still growing. Anthony is recognized as one of the top competitors in the world and in 2014 Anthony became the youngest shooter in history to be inducted into the National Sporting Clays Hall of Fame. In 2016 Anthony became the first American to win the World Sporting Clays Championship. In 2020 Anthony became the first person win all 4 major titles during his shooting career: The US Open, National Championship, World Sporting Clays Championship, and the World FITASC Championship. While Anthony’s shooting career is still in full swing he is considered the most successful American Sporting Clays shooter of all time based on his National and International performances.
Anthony began his teaching career at the young age of 14 and many of his students have gone on to have great success at the national and international level. Anthony is recognized as one of the very best shooting instructors in the world. Anthony’s dedication to the game and his passion to pass on what he has learned to other shooters is evident in this teaching. He has become one of the leaders in the shooting world and his experience will make you a better shooter. Anthony is a Graduate of Franklin and Marshall College where he earned degrees in both Business Finance and Economics. Anthony teaches shooters of all experience levels from first time shooters to world-class shooters. Book a lesson with Anthony to learn from the best shooting instructor and coach in the world.
Diane Sorantino is arguably the most accomplished female sporting clays competitor of all time. Diane was introduced to hunting and clay target shooting by her father at the early age of 9 years old. Diane has over 40 years experience both as competitive shooter and hunter. Diane’s father was a competitive trap shooter and was instrumental in starting her off with a great foundation in shooting. In later years Diane, like Anthony, took her sporting clays game to the next level by taking lessons from and training under the guidance of Dan Carlisle.
As a result, the foundation that Anthony and Diane share allows them to work together cohesively to provide a shooting method that is shared by A.I.M. Shooting School. Anthony and Diane work and shoot together to ensure that their shooting methodology always compliments each other. Diane teaches shooters of all experience levels from new shooters to Master Class shooters.
4 – Time Ladies World Champion
5 – Time US Open Ladies Champion
3 – Time Ladies National Sporting Clays Champion
5 – Time National FITASC Ladies Champion
19 – Time Member of United States Shooting Team
20 – Time Ladies 1st Team All-American Team Member
17 – Time New Jersey State Ladies Champion
33 – International Medals both Individually and Team Medals
Member of Professional Sporting Clays Tour
Hoss Hewitt is an experienced competitive sporting clays shooter and a certified NSCA (National Sporting Clays Association) Level 1 Instructor. He was immediately hooked after shooting his first round of sporting clays and began working with Anthony shortly thereafter. Hoss prides himself on being a student of the game, spending countless hours learning and applying the shooting methodology taught by Anthony I. Matarese Jr.
Hoss is a product of the A.I.M Shooting School, hard work, and dedication. Having no experience shooting until after college, his commitment to learning the fundamentals – including technical, mental, and visual aspects of sporting clays – helped him go from absolute beginner to achieving Master Class in two years.
Hoss has spent two decades coaching various sports and serves as the Head Coach for the M&M Mallards (Scholastic Clay Target Program) Shotgun Team. Hoss primarily coaches out of M&M Sporting Clays but is available to coach at other clubs in Maryland and New Jersey. He is a graduate of Penn State University with a degree in Cybersecurity and currently works as a Cybersecurity Engineer within the financial services industry.
Kerry Luft teaches and coaches primarily in the Chicago area, mostly at Northbrook Sports Club. As co-author of Anthony’s book “Straight Shooting,” he has a deep understanding of the A.I.M. Shooting School methodology and approach. He used that knowledge to advance to Master class and earn a spot on the 2021 All-American Veterans FITASC team. Today he funnels his passion for shooting into helping others, and works regularly with Anthony to develop his own instructing skills.
He enjoys helping new shooters gain a solid foundation, and takes great pride watching his competitive students advance through the classes. He works with them up to and through AA class, at which point he refers them to Anthony for further instruction while remaining available for advice or consultation.
An avid and experienced hunter, Kerry helps wing shooters put more game into their bag. He is available most weekends and with enough notice, on weekdays. He also is available to travel throughout the Midwest for instruction.
Kerry's Calendar, Locations and Rates
“We look forward to helping you improve your shooting”
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What should I do to prepare for my lesson?
How much ammo should I bring or can I buy ammo there?
Generally it is recommended that you bring one flat or 250-300 rounds with you for a two hour lesson. You can always take it home with you if you bring too much! The range always has ammo for purchase if you want to buy it here.
What if it rains?
What is best form of payment?
Do I need a deposit? What is cancelation policy?
No, your commitment is your deposit. If you cancel less than 7 days prior to your scheduled appointment time you will be responsible for 50% of your lesson fee. Same day cancelations and no shows will be billed for 100% of the missed lesson fee. The invoice for this fee will be emailed or mailed to you and is due upon receipt. Students with a reputation of canceling will not be scheduled in the future.
Do you have guns we can use?
What method/technique does A.I.M. Shooting School teach?
Tell me about the associate instructors?
Anthony’s associate instructors are very professional and have spent countless hours learning the same teaching style as Anthony so that A.I.M. Shooting School shares a common methodology. Diane Sorantino works with shooters of all experience levels. Hoss Hewitt works with novice shooters all the way up to AA Class competitors.” Kerry Luft works with novice shooters all the way up to AA Class competitors.
Associate instructors’ rates are considerably less expensive than Anthony’s rates so this offers a price structure that hopefully fits everyone’s budget.
Should I do a private lesson or a “shooting school?”
Can a friend and I share a lesson?
Yes, you can always bring one person to share a lesson at no additional charge. If you have 3+ students you will add a flat fee of $25 per hour that will be added to the hourly rate.
How long is a lesson?
It is suggested that students traveling in from out of town take 5-6 hours of instruction over two days. We can customize a schedule that makes sense to you.
How often should I take a lesson?
How can we get you to come to our club?
If I am from out of town where should I fly into and where should I stay?
Where can I find information about Scheduling?
Private lessons are most commonly scheduled for (2) hours. You're welcome to bring one (1) friend to share the lesson at no additional cost. If you are looking to book a (4) hour private lesson you will book two back-to-back time slots on the scheduling calendar. There are some (1)½ hour time slots available with Anthony. These are best designed for (1) student who is looking for a follow-up lesson, tune up, or to fix a specific problem.
Students looking to schedule a 3 hour session with Anthony can do so by booking two back-to-back (1)½ hour time slots. The other option for a (3) hour lesson is to schedule a (2) hour time slot at 2:30pm and email Anthony with a request to extend the lesson to 5:30pm. An email confirmation is required to extend the lesson.
Group Shooting Schools:
1/2 Day and Full Shooting School will be scheduled after completing questionnaire to ensure you are scheduled in the correct group. Follow THIS LINK to complete the information needed.