Long-time archers Chad Affrunti and John Repnicki will lead Atlantic Cape Community College’s nationally ranked archery team as the new head coach and assistant coach, respectively.
Affrunti, of Atco, has been involved with the archery program since he was a child, and his father, Bruce Affrunti, assisted the team’s founder, Dr. Helen Bolnick.
He shot for the team while a student at Atlantic Cape from 1997-2000. He was a three-time Intercollegiate All American and qualified to attend the 2000 Olympic Trials. He later stepped into his father’s role as assistant coach until Bolnick retired.
Affrunti, 37, has officiated tournaments at the local and regional levels and finished second at the U.S. National Crossbow Championships in 2014, qualifying for the U.S. National Crossbow Team. He will shoot in the World Championships in Ft. Lauderdale in July 2015.
He earned an associate degree in criminal justice from Atlantic Cape, a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, and a master’s of business administration from Utica College in economic crime and fraud management. He is a certified public accountant and is employed by the U.S. Department of Defense as an auditor.
Repnicki, 57, of Galloway, took up archery as a college student in Florida. Upon returning to New Jersey, he began assisting Bolnick as a volunteer and team member while a student at Atlantic Cape. A highlight of his archery career was qualifying for the U.S. Archery Olympic Trials in 1992. He continued assisting with the team, though he stopped shooting when his daughters were born. With his children now in college, Repnicki began shooting again in October 2013, and this fall placed first in the N.J. State Archery Outdoor in the Master (50 and Over) Division.
Using his Atlantic Cape degree in Computer Information Systems, Repnicki automated the registration and scoring for college archery events in the 1980s. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Thomas Edison State College and works in information technology at Resorts Casino Hotel.
Atlantic Cape’s archery team has a history of success, producing more than 40 All-America archers and hosting the U.S. Intercollegiate Archery Championships three times.