“I've worked with Stephen to develop my clay shooting skills over the last year and more recently with my wife as she has taken up the sport. We've worked together both in individual and small group lessons as well as a couple of corporate events with my Partners and staff. Stephen is extremely easy to learn from. He works with each person at their own pace and makes sure that each session is a mixture of both hard work on needed skills and fun, finding new ways to break targets. I continue to work with him for several reasons: - He continues to invest in courses and lessons for himself, bringing new ideas and approaches to solving problems - He coaches everything from first time target hitting to physical and mental preparation for competition - He works at all of the local courses, allowing greater variation and development (many other instructors are tied to one course) - He has a variety of equipment for you when you are first starting out so you can find the right answer for you before you invest in your own gun - He makes you comfortable even when you are having a bad shooting day - He's basically a good guy who it is easy to spend time with Kind regards, Ian Wright” July 2009
"I met Stephen last fall when I stumbled across clay shooting through a corporate event through my job. I had so much fun that first time, that I continued to take lessons from Stephen for several months after and he was great! He takes his time to make sure you are comfortable with everything you're doing, from teaching you safety, to basics like loading a gun to more complex techniques that involve angles, speeds, and transitions. I learned a ton but more importantly I always had fun. I'd recommend Stephen as an instructor for anyone starting out that wants to be comfortable or any experienced shooter that wants to take their technique to the next level." Rachel Walker. October 2009
I'd urge anyone who wants to become a better shot either in the field or at the clays range to take a lesson with Stephen Biello. After a frustrating hunting trip, my son and I came to Stephen for a good look at our shotgun technique. He diagnosed our problems quickly and gave us excellent, low pressure coaching, and by the end of our session we were hitting far more consistently than we had at the start. As a former college professor and corporate education specialist, I know a good instructor when I see one , and Stephen Biello is the real McCoy. He explained concepts clearly, demonstrated them well, and encouraged our progress throughout. And it was a great
experience to share with my son.
You can read about proper shotgun technique all you like -- nothing works better than having a first rate coach like Stephen work with you. We'll be back again.
-- Steve Hirsch
I met Stephen in the fall of 2008 under about the most challenging conditions imaginable for a shooting coach: I was new to clay targets, with a brand new unfired gun, on a new course, and we’d never met before. Oh, and I should mention it was pouring down rain, causing the target release switch to make the traps throw continuously as soon as plugged in.
It was as If the shotgunning gods wanted Steve to face the ultimate teaching challenge.
The result? We had a great day and I’ve gone on to become an enthusiastic new member of the sporting clays fraternity.
Clearly, a shooting coach needs to have a basic skill set to teach. Stephen’s got that, in spades. But even more important, Stephen has a big sunny easy-going personality that makes learning fun, even for a beginner with cold water dripping off their nose. He gives you enough coaching to effectively learn, but not to the point that your brain is so task saturated you can’t remember the word for ‘pull.’ What I liked was his methodically logical system of teaching stance, gun mount, target reading, and shot follow through. Hitting the target was almost an afterthought. This gave me a chance to learn from every situation.
This really took the pressure off breaking the targets and easing beginner angst. Yet despite rain, fogged shooting glasses, a stiff new gun, and no predictable way to get targets in the air, I managed to hit a surprising number (except for the rabbit!). I credit this to Stephen’s system of teaching shot setup, reading the target, barrel insertion, and follow-through.
In summary, Stephen’s good with a shotgun. But best of all, he’s good with students. Shoot with him and you’ll learn. And may the sun be out and the bunny break.
President and CEO, Colville, Inc.
Thank you for making yesterday an amazing experience for us! You were incredibly welcoming and professional and we look forward to our next opportunity to shoot with you. Thank you again, you have created some lifelong shot gunning fans!
LEAH MATONEY and the Ladies from L.U.P.E.C.
Just a quick note here to thank you for a great day. I have to say, I thought Tara would enjoy herself but was quite surprised at just how well she did and how much she liked shooting. It was a real eye opener for me. I also learned much. We will be contacting you for future lessons.
Bob & Tara
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness." Sporting Clays is that type of hobby.