Private Lessons

The Stanford Archery Program offers hour-long, private one-on-one coaching lessons open to anybody - from a complete beginner 9-year old to a seasoned adult archer. Lessons are with the Stanford Archery team members, who are either Level I, II or III USAA Certified coaches, or with Head Coach Francis Parchaso, a USAA Certified Regional Coach.

Pricing and Times

ATTENTION: Sign-ups for Spring Quarter private lessons are now open!

Registration is done using a Qualtrics form. Use the link below to sign up! You will receive an automated email confirming your lesson(s) immediately after signing up.

Sign up here!

When & Where

JOAD and private lessons are held in accordance to the Stanford Academic Calendar every Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer academic quarter. Spring private lessons are held SUNDAYS from 11:10am to 12pm and 12:10pm to 1pm on our range located on campus.
Dates for Spring 2017 (subject to change)

Registration is open!
Sunday, April 16th, 11:10am-12pm & 12:10-1:00pm
Sunday, April 23rd, 11:10am-12pm & 12:10-1:00pm
Sunday, April 30th, 11:10am-12pm & 12:10-1:00pm
Sunday, May 7th, 11:10am-12pm & 12:10-1:00pm
Sunday, May 14th, 11:10am-12pm & 12:10-1:00pm
Sunday, May 28th, 11:10am-12pm & 12:10-1:00pm

Sign up for our emailing list to get a notification when we open the registration each quarter.


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Current Pricing (subject to change)

Differences Between Coaching Levels

Acceptable forms of payment are cash or check payable to "Stanford Archery Program." Pricing for a single session is as follows: With a Level I Team Member:
$50 for 1 private lesson (one student, one coach)
$75 for 1 dual-lesson (two students, one coach)

With a Level II Team Member:
$60 for 1 private lesson (one student, one coach)
$85 for 1 dual-lesson (two students, one coach)

With Head Coach Francis Parchaso:
$95 for 1 private lesson (one student, one coach)
$120 for 1 dual-lesson (two students, one coach)

Coach Profiles

Level One Coaches

Abanezer Sisay

Dates Coaching: 4/23, 4/30, 5/14
Competition Division: Bowhunter
Class Year: 2019
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Mesa, AZ

Abanezer is a fun-loving guy with interests that vary all over the place. He likes to jam out to Pop, RnB, Hip Hop, Country and any other great songs that come across his playlist. He also loves Ethiopian food, and of course, archery!


Abe Thompson

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Barebow
Class Year: 2020
Major: Classics
Hometown: Oxford, United Kingdom

Abe is a dual citizen born in England. He loves movies, TV, books, and theatre. He enjoys spending time outdoors when the weather is nice and loves to spend time at the range practicing on his Archery.


Amelia Leland

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30* | *12:10pm Session Only
Competition Division: Barebow
Class Year: 2020
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Reno, NV

Amelia is an archery enthusiast who loves chemistry, linguistics, and boba tea. When she's not on the range, you can find her taking photos for the Stanford Daily, doing research in linguistics, or napping. She's looking forward to getting to know more of the local archery community and can't wait to coach!


Brian Su

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Bowhunter
Class Year: 2019
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Santa Barbara, CA

Brian is a sophomore interested in studying biomaterials. Specifically, prosthetics and biocompatible materials. His favorite foods are fruit and steak. He tends to listen to melodic dubstep and chillstep, although he enjoys all music. In addition to archery, Brian also trains in Eskrima, a Filipino martial art with a strong emphasis on weapons fighting, particularly with knives and sticks.


Clara Kelley

Dates Coaching: 4/30, 5/7
Competition Division: Compound
Class Year: 2020
Major: Undeclared
Hometown: Woodside, CA

Clara is a freshman local to the Bay Area who is really loving Stanford. In her spare time, when she's not shooting on the range, she's making ceramic bowls or sewing clothes. Clara is excited to help you love archery while laughing and having fun!


In Jae (John) Cho

Dates Coaching: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Barebow
Class Year: 2019
Major: BioMedical Computation
Hometown: Seoul, Korea

In Jae Cho, also known as John Cho, is a Sophomore Undergraduate who was born in Korea but immigrated to Austin, TX after his 4th grade. He was driven by his passion of music and science growing up. He is passionate towards any type of music; however, his main focus resides within the world of percussion. Rhythm drives his life no matter where he goes and no matter what he does. His love for science helped him open his eyes to the world of possibilities and opinions. Driven to learn more, he believes that teaching elevates the depth of learning within the topic tutored. He’s always willing to meet new people and always willing to laugh out loud!


Lillian Zhu

Dates Coaching: 4/16 (11:10am Session Only), 4/23 (12:10pm Session Only)
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2020
Major: Bioengineering
Hometown: Gainesville, FL




Lillian enjoys chemistry and biology; she's always excited to learn more! In her free time, she cooks, does ceramics, and reads.


Nick Tran

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2019
Major: Biology w/ Conc. in Neuroscience
Hometown: Omaha, NE




Nick has been shooting with the Stanford Archery team since his freshman year. In addition to coaching archery, he also has worked as a tennis instructor, and continues to play tennis alongside shooting archery. Although he is spending much time on his pre-medicine track, he still enjoys spending time outdoors and going hiking, camping, or just simply getting out in nature.


Rebecca Wang

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Barebow
Class Year: 2017
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Fremont, CA

Other than archery, Rebecca enjoys social dancing, going on long walks, and eating good food.


Richard Lin

Dates Coaching: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2020
Major: Computer Science (tentative)
Hometown: Beijing, China

Richard is a robotics addict who also enjoys swing dancing. He joined Stanford Archery with great passion and welcomes anyone to shoot with him. "Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana." - Richard Lin


Ryan Gonzalez

Dates Coaching: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2019
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: San Antonio, TX

Ryan Gonzalez is a sophomore who’s leaning towards majoring in Mechanical Engineering and pre-law studies, with a passion for public service. In his spare time, he loves to practice archery, work on theater shows, read, and watch Netflix. In fact, his interest in archery actually stems from one of his favorite TV shows: Arrow. Outside of archery, he loves to talk about science, history, education, music, and, of course, superheroes. Ryan is super excited to coach and loves watching his students improve!


Yang Fang

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2020
Major: Computer Science
Minor: Japanese
Hometown: Athens, Georgia

Yang was originally born in China, but came to the United States at the age of two. In between completing problem sets and writing essays, he likes to experiment with electronics, watch YouTube videos, spend time with friends, and, of course, practice archery! His favorite animal is the Shiba Inu (AKA doge) and he hopes to study abroad in Kyoto, Japan in the coming future. He's looking forward to shooting with you!


Level Two Coaches

Alexandra Bernard, Summer Camp Director

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/30*, 5/14* | *12:10pm Session Only
Competition Division: Barebow
Class Year: 2018
Major: Earth Systems - Biosphere
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Boston, MA

Alexandra enjoys playing video games and hiking when the weather’s nice. Any fun facts about nature are more than welcome!


Christopher Vo, Equipment Co-Director

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2018
Major: Computer Science
Hometown: Long Beach, CA

Chris likes to do archery and spend time with his friends.


Mark Holmstrom, Team Manager

Dates Coaching: 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/28
Competition Division: Bowhunter
Class Year: 2017
Major: Mathematics
Minor: Computer Science
Hometown: Morgan Hill, CA

Mark has always loved studying math and more broadly problem solving. He enjoys the outdoors, especially hiking. He traveled to Budapest last summer and really liked the city as well as having the opportunity to visit other parts of Europe. He also likes cats. Since being on the team, Mark has won the following archery awards: 1st place at West Regionals 2015, 3rd Place at West Regionals 2016, 1st Place Mixed Teams for West Regionals 2015 and 2016. He is always super excited to coach! Also, he used to be Community Programs Director.


Nick Quach, JOAD Director

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Compound
Class Year: 2018
Major: Chemistry & Bioengineering
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Nick took up archery his freshman year at Stanford and has loved it ever since! He is currently JOAD Director and Safety Officer for the team. Apart from archery, he works in the Covert Lab studying host-virus interactions in bacteria. In his spare time, he loves to longboard, watch Netflix, and drink boba!


Sarah Hay, Community Programs Director

Dates Coaching: N/A
Competition Division: Barebow
Class Year: 2018
Major: Biology w/ Conc. in Biochemistry & Biophysics
Minor: Classics
Hometown: San Ramon, CA

Sarah joined the archery team during Winter quarter of her freshman year and is currently Community Programs Director. Aside from practicing or coaching archery, she also does research in the Porteus lab where she’s currently investigating cytotoxicity of gene therapy treatments. In her free time, she enjoys trail running and being a part-time beach bum. Feel free to ask her anything about private lessons with Stanford Archery! She’s looking forward to another great quarter!


Tabitha Walker, Collegiate Director

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2018
Major: Art History
Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

Tabitha began archery in her freshman year and hasn't looked back since! She enjoys spending as much time as possible at the range in between her work with the Cantor Arts Center, baking (hopefully) delicious treats for friends, and talking about her pet dog. Currently, she organizes tournaments for Stanford Archery as Collegiate Director. She’s happy to coach students at all levels!


Tatiana Mowry

Dates Coaching: 4/30*, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28 | *12:10 Session Only
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve
Class Year: 2017
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

Tatiana appreciates and respects the dedication involved in archery and the sport has been a part of her life for the past few years. In her free time, Tati enjoys watching science fiction shows and playing video games. She also likes a good cheeseburger. She’s looking forward to coaching anyone interested in archery!


Level Three Coaches

Katie Novotny

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 5/14
Competition Division: Bowhunter, Compound
Class Year: 2017
Major: Biophysics
Hometown: Colorado

Katie has been competitively shooting archery for the past three years. She was drawn to archery for the stress relief as well as the great people involved in the sport. She's great with beginners, but loves working with more advanced archers where she can tailor the lesson to the student's strengths and weaknesses. Shooting competitively has taught Katie many valuable practice techniques as well as methods for coping with the stress of tournaments. Archery awards that Katie has garnered over the years include: 2015 - Collegiate Indoor National Champion - Bowhunter, 2015 (USCA) and 2016 (USAA) Collegiate Outdoor National Champion - Bowhunter, & Top Ten Finisher at 2015 Redding Western Classic Trail Shoot!


Head Coach

Coach Francis

Dates Coaching: 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14, 5/28
Competition Division: Olympic Recurve, Compound
Class Year: N/A
Major: Marine Biology

Francis is a USA Archery Level 4 NTS Coach. He has been coaching at Stanford since 2001.


Cancellation and Late Policies

We require at least 24 hours notice via email to cancel a private lesson. If you cancel a private lesson, you may switch to another date in the same academic quarter if that date still has lessons available. You may not switch to a date in another academic quarter. Private lessons are nonrefundable, with the exception being if we cancel a session due to an emergency. In such an emergency, you will be refunded the full amount or you may choose to receive credit towards future private lessons.

If you are late for your lesson, we will not make up for the lost time. For example, if you are late for an hour lesson by 20 minutes, the lesson will be 40 minutes long.


Frequently Asked Questions about Private Lessons

What should I bring on the day of the lesson?

Please wear non-baggy, comfortable clothing, but do dress appropriately for weather. If rainy, bring something warm and wear tough shoes or rain boots. If sunny, please bring sunscreen or apply some beforehand. Bringing water is also recommended.

Also, please remember to bring your waiver forms, which can both be found here: http://archery.stanford.edu/forms.html

Should I buy my own equipment?

We provide equipment for free for anyone who is registered for a private lesson. If you are interested in purchasing your own equipment, let us know and we can point you in the right direction.

How can I get information about when the registration opens?

You can sign up for our Community/Public Programs Mailing List to get various information about our programs, such as JOAD schedules, Private Lesson dates, and Summer Camp info. Click the link below to sign up!

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Where is the range?

The directions to the Stanford Archery Range can be found here. Please arrive approximately 10 minutes earlier so we can sign you in, set you up and start the lesson on time.

Will there still be private lessons on rainy days?

Yes, we will still hold private lessons, even when it is raining. Students are advised to wear boots and other rain gear, and we will set up tents for some cover from the rain while shooting.

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