An Iowa college is sticking with its decision to hire a full-time coach for its shooting sports club, despite opposition from alumni and others who say guns have no place on the liberal arts school's campus.

Simpson College President Jay Simmons told the Des Moines Register (http://dmreg.co/20mdWkf ) that the school's board of trustees considered two dueling petitions about the student club's future on Friday.

Simmons says the board decided to hire a full-time coach and that the position will likely be offered to a candidate this week.

An online petition favoring a "weapons-free Simpson" opposed a $10,000 grant the club accepted from the National Shooting Sports Foundation in 2012. The petition asked the trustees to not hire a coach and to stop allowing firearms to be stored on campus.

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This story has been updated to correct the president's last name to Simmons, not Simpson.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, http://www.desmoinesregister.com