Owner and Head Coach of Archers Artemis
Coach Donna Ricci came to archery through her ongoing quest to find ways to enrich mind body and spirit and to balance the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of our lives while helping to pass that on to others.
She has been trained as a musician and academic receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Music and History from the University of Massachusetts in 1979. In the 1980’s she attended graduate level classes in psychology at Harvard University Extension Division and completed her doctoral training at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology graduating in 1993 with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. She has been in private practice for over 20 years working primarily with people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
She is an advocate of healing through the mind body connection and trained in the Ki-Hara Method of Resistance Flexibility, is a Reiki master and has studied sound healing techniques under John Beaulieu, author of Human Tuning.
When she received the bronze medal in barebow archery at the USA Archery Nationals in 2013 she became aware of how few women were competing and decided she needed to become an instructor and then a coach in order to introduce more girls and women in particular to archery. She has attended the Level 4 National Training System program with Coach Kisik Lee, Head Coach of the US Olympic Team and has been Part of the Coach Observer of Olympians at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista California. She received her Level 4 Certification in April 2017 and is one of five Level 4NTS trained coaches in Massachusetts. No access to a public regulation size range within a 30 mile radius in Massachusetts in 2015 was the impetus to create Archers Artemis to allow all archers who shoot recurve, barebow or longbow, to have a comfortable, safe environment to pursue their love of archery. Since then over 1500 students have trained at Archers Artemis and several have shot at the US Nationals.
Head Instructor of Archers Artemis
Rob was originally introduced to archery as a child, but lacking any serious opportunities for long-term, proper training, he put his interest on hold until finally discovering Archers Artemis in 2015. For Rob, archery provides the perfect balance of physical conditioning and mental discipline. Having developed a lifelong interest in mind/body practices such as Yoga, Tai Chi, and various forms of meditation (Zen, Vipassana, Dzogchen, etc.), he now views archery as his primary training discipline.
Rob graduated from UMASS Amherst in 1994 with a B.A. in Philosophy and then in 1996 from Boston College with an M.A. in Philosophy. Through this academic training, he developed a strong inquisitive sensibility, which is evident in his keen attention to detail when it comes to studying and teaching archery.
When not practicing archery, Rob can often be found pursuing his other passion, photography. An award-winning, internationally-exhibited photographer, Rob approaches his art with the same eye for detail that he brings to the study and teaching of archery.
With a focus on fine art, portraiture, and conceptual photography, much of Rob’s work draws upon his love of surrealism and the avant garde. His work has been featured in a number of print magazines and books as well as exhibited at museums and galleries in the United States, Canada, and France. Additionally, one of Rob’s images was recently added to the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio.
As an instructor, Rob’s goal is to ignite and cultivate the same passion for archery in his students as he has developed for himself. He is very grateful for the opportunity to share his love of archery with others here at Archers Artemis.