Chris started shooting a bow when he was 11 in preparation for bow hunting. He was encouraged to shoot by his father who had been shooting for many years as a bow hunter. The fire for archery was lit in Coach Hirsch after his first few years of bow hunting in Northern Minnesota. After graduating college in 2009, Coach Hirsch landed in Colorado working for an archery shop. During those years in Colorado, he learned a lot about coaching and got certified as an instructor with USA archery. After coming to Yankton he completed his level 3 NTS training.