For Beretta Team Shooter, Diane Sorantino, shooting has always been a part of her life. The winner of numerous world and national titles, she still fondly recalls when she was nine years old and allowed to miss a day of elementary school to go deer hunting with her dad. She was hooked. Her dad also introduced her to target clays. Diane became so accomplished that she astonished everyone when, still a young girl, she broke all five clay targets at her hunter safety exam.
Though she has traveled the world in the years since for shooting competitions, Diane didn’t stray far from home in her career. Originally from Cedarville, New Jersey, she joined the Cape May, New Jersey, police force in 1987. She quickly rose through the ranks. In 2001, Diane became the first female police chief in the history of Cape May.
Over the years her accomplishments in law enforcement have been equaled or surpassed only by her success shooting sporting clays. By 1997 she found herself at the Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, where she finished 8th in a field that included over 1,000 of the country’s best shooters. A year later she returned to capture the Ladies National Championship, besting the runner-up by 26 targets.
Diane, whose home courses are M&M Hunting Preserve and Cedar Creek Sporting Clays, has represented the U.S. at international shooting events as a member of the Ladies Team USA since 1999. During her tenure, the team has s Clays in 2003 and 2007. Other notable wins include the National Sporting Clays Championship, National FITASC Championship, U.S. Open Championship, Pan-AM FITASC Championship, and National FITASC Championships.
To date, she has earned 15 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 3 bronze medals in individual and team competition. In 2006, Diane was inducted into the NSCA Hall of Fame, an achievement she counts as her greatest. Though she is quick to add that winning world and national titles--and being able to share them with close friends--is extremely high on her achievement scale. Her biggest goal is to win another World FITASC title.
A Beretta Team member since 2000, Diane shoots the AL391 TEKNYS in competition. She trains with fellow team member, Dan Carlisle, and credits him with bringing her game to the top of her profession. Her favorite shoot of the year is the NSCA National Championship, not only because it is the largest but because it marks the culmination of the shooting season.