CMP Welcomes New State Director: Utah

The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) would like to announce the addition of Scott Asbell to the State Director team! Asbell will serve as Utah State Director.

CMP State Directors are representatives who help advance marksmanship programs by providing leadership, resources, program information, coordination, networking, motivation, and publicity for marksmanship activities within their respective states.

Born in Heidelberg, Germany, Asbell began his career as a shooter with a small-bore rifle team at Heidelberg American High School’s JROTC program in the 1970s. He continues to shoot service rifles, high-powered rifles, and .22 pistols today. in pursuit of “Excellence in Competition” (EIC) points toward a Distinguished Rifleman Badge and a Distinguished Pistol Badge.

As a leader, Asbell is currently the director of high-powered rifles for the Utah State Rifle and Pistol Association, coach and director of the Utah Shooting Team Youth Program, and president of the Utah Service Rifle Club.

“As state director, I will work to better market the many assets Utah has to offer to our youth and adults who want to learn true marksmanship,” Asbell stated. “My hope is to fulfill the mission and vision of CMP in Utah by coordinating ranks, raising funds and discovering new resources. With that, I would like to publicize the various opportunities available through the Distinguished Badge Program and develop more youth programs.”

Outside of marksmanship, his interests include mountaineering, swimming, hiking, and international travel. He was also a Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and an Eagle Scout. Remarkably, Asbell studied ballet and ballroom dancing at Brigham Young University and has four ballroom world championship titles, as well as the special victory at the college ballroom championship during ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010. , as coach of the Utah Valley University Wolverines.

Asbell has been married to his college sweetheart since 1985. The couple have six daughters and three grandchildren.

Learn more about Scott Asbell and all CMP State Directors via our website at

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