NSCA Certified Instructor, Level III
NSSA Certified Instructor, Level III
Paragon Master Instructor and Mentor
Jacksonville University Sporting, Skeet & Trap Team (Founding Head Coach - SCTP & ACUI Event and Divisional National Champions)
University of North Florida Sporting, Skeet & Trap Team
(Founding Head Coach)
Dobson Performance Shooting School (DPSS), founded
in 1998, provides top-notch Wingshooting, Sporting, Skeet and Trap instruction/coaching
to individuals of all ages, backgrounds and interests -- from the beginner to the advanced.
In 2009, we expanded our mission and founded/currently coach the Jacksonville University
Sporting, Skeet and Trap Team, as well as the University of North Florida Skeet, Trap & Sporting
Clays Team (founded by Thomas Coates, one of David's students). David is a NSCA Certified
Instructor, Level III, the highest level of certification granted by the NSCA in the
United States, as well as a NSSA Certified Instructor, Level III, thus making him one
of only three people to hold both levels of certification. He also holds a Masters Degree
in Business and has built a successful career as an IT recruiter, motivational speaker,
and management trainer. David has a passion for teaching and shooting and is not only
an accomplished coach in the clay sports, but an educator in his private business practice,
frequently designing and providing business training for his client companies.
Addie is also a NSCA Certified Instructor, holds a Masters Degree in Public Health Sciences,
and works as a Senior Manager in the Public Sector.
Please visit the Contact
Us page for a list of locations in the Jacksonville, FL area where David and Adeline
David successfully competes at the Masters level in Sporting Clays, COMPAK, 5-stand, F.I.T.A.S.C.
(2000 Seminole Cup F.I.T.A.S.C. Class Champion and 2003 State F.I.T.A.S.C. Class Champion),
and AA/AAA in both American Skeet and American Trap. He has won a number of titles,
including State Champion across multiple events, and has been a finalist at the National
Championships. Past and current Sponsors (Pro Staff) include: Caesar Guerini, Seminole
Gunworks, E.S.P., Morgan Optical, Wild Hare, Royal Sporting, and Pro Ears.
Clays Classic RU
2000 Seminole Cup FITASC Class Champion
2000 Florida State Sub-Gauge Champion
2000 Florida State Champion FITASC Finalist
2000 National Championship Sub-Gauge Finalist
2001 Seminole Cup FITASC Finalist
2001 Sporting Clays Classic Champion (HOA)
2002 National Championship Sub-gauge Finalist
2003 Florida State F.I.T.A.S.C. Class Champion
2003 Florida State Sub-gauge Class Champion
2003 Florida State Champion Class Finalist
2003 Georgia State Champion (.410 Gauge)
2005 PAL Shoot Champion (HOA)
2006 IFSSR Shoot Champion (HOA)
2007 IFSSR Shoot Champion (HOA)
2009 IFSSR Shoot Champion (HOA)
The son of a country-hopping executive and World War II Naval Officer (UDT/SEAL), David
grew up hunting and shooting clays with his father, an accomplished clays champion in
trap and skeet and internationally successful live pigeon shooter. David’s unique
living and educational experiences in the USA and abroad have afforded him a well-rounded
and diversified perspective.
Educated in the USA and Europe and speaking several languages including French and German,
David and his family returned to Minneapolis where he attended the University of Minnesota
for a year before moving to Jacksonville, Florida, his current home. He attended the University
of North Florida earning a Bachelor’s Degree in business, and then went on to earn
a Masters Degree in Business in 1984 while working on his career in Information Systems
Technology. He started his own consulting firm, Dobson & Associates, Inc., in 1990
when he also began teaching shooting to select friends and business clients. In 1997, he
got introduced to English Sporting Clays, F.I.T.A.S.C. and competing, and he knew he had
found his calling.
A firm believer in cross-training, David has found that shooting all three major clay
sports (sporting, skeet, and trap) competitively aids in the reinforcement of both the
basic fundamentals and the mental game. Contrary to the popular myth that this hurts one
game or the other, David has found it is immensely beneficial not only for himself professionally
as a competitive shooter, but for all of his shooting clients and students who want to
get to the next level as competitors. He teaches all shooting methods and believes that
it is vital that his students have a firm understanding of the basic fundamentals and an
inventory of methodologies from which to choose when shooting complex target presentations.
Among his biggest influences as a professional
coach and shooter himself, David credits most of all, his dear friends, Dale Bloom and
Ken Branham, as well as a host of others such as Jim Arnold, Dan Schindler, Dan Carlisle,
Ed Welch, Jose Castillo (World Champion, US Navy Skeet Team Captain), and Skipper Wright
(ATA Trap Hall of Fame). However, his greatest teachers have been, and continue to be,
his Students and Clients. Without them, none of this dream of teaching would be possible.
Many thanks for your support, and there are just too many to list individually, but you
all know who you are! You are the best!
David & Adeline (Addie) live in Ponte Vedra
Beach, FL, outside Jacksonville, and have been married for 38 years. They also believe
in supporting their Jacksonville, FL community and have served on the Board of Directors
since 2002 for Family Foundations (formerly Family Counseling Services), a non-profit,
United Way Agency. One of their significant contributions to annual fund raising has
been the development and chairing of the annual Family Foundations Sporting Clays Classic
Event held every year at WW Sporting Clays in Jacksonville, FL. This event, which began
in 2004, is held annually on or about May 19 in honor of David's Father, who passed away
from Cancer in 2000.
The Family Foundations Sporting Clays Classic has become a major Sporting Clays Charity
event in the North Florida area, and the revenue derived from this tournament aids in helping
North Florida families in distress. For further information on this wonderful agency and
how it helps families in crisis, go to www.familyfoundations.org.
Thank you, Addie, for loving me so and believing in me all of these years. You are
the love of my life. How lucky I am...
830-13 A1A North,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Fax: (904) 285-3869
(Past and Present)
Ancient Quality Latest Technology... Caesar
Guerini provides unique firearms which, thanks to their refined execution and
technical innovations, represent an important innovation for hunters and shooters.
Seminole Gunworks specializes in the making of
Precision Choke Tubes for most makes and model of shotguns. Seminole also offers
a full gunshop.
Wild Hare provides an extensive line of clothing
and gear for the shotgun shooter and hunter.
Royal Sporting Limited supplies recreational
shotgun shooters with the finest products available in the world, at a fair price
with purchasing convenience. They are also the US distributor for Gamebore shotshells.
Electronic Shooters Protection specializes in
quality, state-of-the-art, custom molded, all-in-the-ear, electronic hearing
Optical Sport Glasses
Harold W. Morgan, owner of Morgan Optical Sport
Glasses, has been practicing in the optical field for over 45 years. His knowledge
of optics, colors, and lenses has led to consulting and advising a variety of
Pro Ears are the world’s most advanced electronic ear and hearing protection for shooting,
hunting and industrial applications.