Makanalani Farbman Thatcher (“Coach Lani”)

Makanalani Farbman Thatcher (“Coach Lani”) is a Level 3-NTS Coach, meaning that in addition to being certified to instruct new and existing archery students, she is also qualified to teach both the USA Archery (USAA) Level 1 Instructor and Level 2 Instructor Courses to others.  In addition, she is a certified Level 2 USAA Judge.  She is a proud member of USAA, State Archers of California (SAC), National Field Archery Association (NFAA) and California Bowman Hunters (CBH)/State Archery Association (SAA). (updated Certificate to be posted soon for recent Level 3-NTS advancement)

Lani began as a student of Coach Paul Farbman and became intrigued with the sport of archery during her own first lesson with Paul at the very end of 2016.  Since June 2017, she has both competed in multiple tournaments under the in-house competitive club California Indoor Archers (aka “the CIA”) and taught passionately alongside Paul at South Bay Archery Lessons after having completed her Level 2 Instructor certification.  

In May 2020,, she left her Technical Operations Manager position at her company (in May 2020) and began to pursue full-time archery instruction.  Eventually, this lead to her acquiring her Level 3-NTS Coaching certification in August 2020 in preparation for higher level coach for students, both private and in-house students.

In August 2020, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Coach Paul and Coach Lani officially became partners in both business ownership and in marriage and now run everything together at the range.

Lani has continually helped in the coaching of the range’s in-house competitive archery club known as The California Indoor Archers (aka “the CIA”), working with the Junior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) program and the Adult Archery Program (AAP) groups.  Lani is a part of the club as well, training within the AAP’s Elite group and actively competes  throughout the year. 

In mid-2018, due to her personally extensive experience with tournaments, Coach Lani began working more closely with students in the club  who were serious in training for tournaments, rankings, sponsorships and scholarship opportunities.  By the end of 2020, Coach Lani was the primary training coach for those in the club to ensure that they have a high success rate when attending tournaments with the club or as individuals.  She continues to train individuals with these same goals and ambitions in 1-on-1 sessions, both those who are in the club and those who are not within the club.

Part of Lani’s passion for archery stems from the continual, visible proof of how this sport can have such a positive, impactful influence on the lives of not only the archers, but their families, friends, and their work and school environments as well. Her selfless contributions to spread this sentiment have created a win-win situation for everyone.

In addition to being a highly passionate instructor at South Bay Archery Lessons, Lani has been a highly competitive archer since June 2017 winning 1st place at the very first tournament she attended (46th Annual California State Outdoor Championships).  From there she went on to continue placing at podium level at other major State Archers of California (SAC) state ranking tournaments she attended as well as several local club tournaments throughout the year.  The 2017 year ended with her ranking 1st in SAC for her bow class (Barebow Recurve) and age category (Senior: age 20 – 49). 2018 also saw her in the 1st ranking spot for state, while 2019 saw her in 3rd due to a health setback.  2020, unfortunately, was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Throughout the years, Lani has continued to compete at the state level in both SAC and CBH/SAA as well as at the national level in both USAA and NFAA and currently pursuing her plan to join the US Archery Team (USAT) for 2022 pending the COVID-19 pandemic.

Achievement NameAchievement TypeDate AchievedAdditional Notes
Level 4-NTS CoachUSA Archery Instructor/Coach CertificationN/A
course begins certification course begins October 2021
Human KineticsHuman KineticsN/A
(in progress)
Mental Management 102 (Advanced Mental Management for Archery)Mental ManagementN/A
(in progress)
Mental Management 101 (Mental Management for Coaches)Mental Management2020/09/10
Level 3-NTS CoachUSA Archery Instructor/Coach Certification2020/08/09
Level 2 Certified JudgeUSA Archery Certified Judge201907/13
Level 2 InstructorUSA Archery Instructor/Coach Certification2017/06/30
Level 1 InstructorUSA Archery Instructor/Coach Certification2017/06/14
Event NameTypeDate AchievedDates of Event
(if applicable)
Location of Event
(if applicable)
Additional Notes
2021 USA ARCHERY CALIFORNIA STATE OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPUSAA: CA State Ranking2021/06/272021/06/26 – 2021/06/27Sacramento, CASenior (21+) Women’s Barebow Recurve
Cotton Boll Classic 2021USAA: CA State Ranking2020/05/162020/05/15 – 2020/05/16Tulare, CASenior (21+) Women’s Barebow Recurve
The Vegas Shoot 2021 – Virtual EditionNFAA / World Archery: International Ranking2021/03/132021/03/13 – 2021/04/12Redondo Beach, CA
(virtually from South Bay Archery Lessons due to COVID-19 restrictions)
Adult (18+) Women’s Barebow Recurve
The Vegas Shoot 2020NFAA / World Archery: International Ranking2020/02/092020/02/07 – 2020/02/09Las Vegas, NVAdult (18+) Women’s Barebow Recurve
51st USA Archery Indoor NationalsUSAA: National Ranking2020/02/022020/01/30 – 2020/02/02Chula Vista, CA
(Easton Archery Center of Excellence)
Senior (21+) Women’s Barebow Recurve
CBH/SAA 2020 STATE INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPSNFAA: CBH State Ranking2020/01/192020/01/19Fullerton, CA
(hosted location: Hi-Tech Archery)
Adult (18+) Women’s Barebow Recurve
California State: Official Ranking for 2019USAA: CA State Ranking20193rd Place: Senior Women’s Barebow Recurve
• Ranking based on 2019 USAA/SAC commutative tournament placements and tournament scores
Pacific Coast ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking2019
Duel In The DesertUSAA: CA State Ranking2019
Desert Open & CA Duel Team TrialsUSAA: CA State Ranking2019
GrapestakesUSAA: CA State Ranking2019
48th Annual California State Outdoor ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking2019
The Vegas Shoot 2019NFAA / World Archery: International Ranking2019
2019 U.S. National Indoor ChampionshipsUSAA: National Ranking2019
CBH/SAA Indoor ChampionshipsNFAA: CBH State Ranking2019
SAC State Indoor ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking2019
California State: Official Ranking for 2018USAA: CA State Ranking20181st Place: Senior Women’s Barebow Recurve
• Ranking based on 2018 USAA/SAC commutative tournament placements and tournament scores
Hi-Tech Turkey ShootLocal20182018/11/18Fullerton, CA
2nd Place Women’s Adult Barebow Recurve (NFAA / CBH)
Pacific Coast ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking20182018/09/22 – 2018/09/23Sacramento, CA
September 22 – 23, 2018
1st Place Women’s Senior Barebow Recurve
Duel In The DesertUSAA: CA State Ranking20182018/09/15 – 2018/09/16Long Beach, CA2nd Place Women’s Senior Barebow Recurve
GrapestakesUSAA: CA State Ranking2018
Desert Open & CA Duel Team TrialsUSAA: CA State Ranking2018
47th Annual California State Outdoor ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking2018
Cotton Boll Classic 2018USAA: CA State Ranking2018
CBH/SAA Indoor ChampionshipsNFAA: CBH State Ranking2018
2017 Adult Women’s Barebow Recurve Club RecordLocal2017South Bay Archery Club (Palos Verdes, CA)2017 Adult Women’s Barebow Recurve
California State: Official Ranking for 2017USAA: CA State Ranking20171st Place: Senior Women’s Barebow Recurve
• Ranking based on 2017 USAA/SAC commutative tournament placements and tournament scores
Oranco 3D Charity ShootLocal2017
High Sierra 3D TournamentLocal2017
Pacific Coast ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking2017
Grapestakes USAA: CA State Ranking2017
46th Annual California State Outdoor ChampionshipsUSAA: CA State Ranking2017
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