World War II sparked interest in a rifle team at NC State with both the Army and Air Force ROTC developing teams during the war. The rifle team officially gained varsity status in 1958.
As head coach, civil engineering professor Paul Hofmann helped establish the varsity rifle program in the 1958-1959 season.
Alma Williams of Covington, VA, and Pam Lias of High Point, NC, earned spots on the Wolfpack co-ed rifle team.
NC State's rifle range was closed after it failed to meet the U.S. Army's rifle range safety specifications. The Craft Center was expanded into the space the rifle range once occupied.
NC State's rifle team earned its 11th consecutive ACC championship by 1980.
The NC State rifle team qualified for the NCAA championship for the first time in program history.
Keith Miller was on the only NC State rifle team to qualify for the NCAA championship and was one of seven Wolfpack shooters in program history that qualified for the NCAA individual championship.
Dani Foster became the first individual in school history to qualify for the NCAA rifle championship since Keith Miller qualified in 1984. As a freshman, Foster won a SEARC individual championship in the smallbore rifle competition.
NC State alumnus, Lucas Kozeniesky, competed for the U.S. Olympic team in the air rifle event. He previously competed in the 2016 Olympics games and earned silver in air rifle at the 2018 Championship of the Americas. Kozeniesky was also the first Wolfpack shooter since 1975 to earn All-America honors.