Shield Force Instructor Cadre

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Matt Coombes
President, Founder, and Lead Instructor

Matt graduated from the Missouri Sheriffs Association Training academy and studied Criminal Justice and Instructor Development through Missouri University. He resides in Missouri and has over 14 years of law enforcement experience to include patrol operations, investigations, training, and serving on a crime suppression unit. He is still a licensed, commissioned police officer and actively serves two area police agencies as a reserve officer.


Coombes serves as a volunteer on the leadership team for the security ministry at James River Church in Springfield Missouri which hosts approximately 15,000 weekly attendees.

Coombes experience includes executive protection and high-risk security for individuals and organizations and has served in 3 countries on security assignments. He has trained thousands of students in the school system, health-care, government, law enforcement, and military personnel in security practices and self-defense. He was invited as a guest speaker to the National Homeland Security Conference, State Investigator Conference, and Kansas Assembly of God Conference.


Matt has a passion for serving others and building lasting relationships by providing excellent training that encourages and inspires his student's to grow beyond what they imagined possible!

On occasion when he has free time he enjoys competing in tactical shooting competitions and most recently won 1st place at the Branson Salutes National Law Enforcement competition.

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Mike Sayre


Instructor Mike Sayre retired with 34 years experience at Los Angeles Police Department. He Supervised and coordinated a leadership program, at a Master Degree level, with a teaching staff of over 40 middle and upper Management Department instructors.  Coordinated, trained, and developed other law enforcement agency’s Managers as well as coordinating with the United States Military Academy at West Point. 7 1/2 years

He Supervised numerous Firearm Training Programs for the development of Recruit Officers and In-serves Officers.  This included off sight training, coordination, and development of the Department’s rifle and slug shotgun cadre at a Los Angeles County Range.  As well as maintaining and overseeing the training and qualification of over 9,000 Officers at three different ranges each year at the Elysian Park Police Academy. 6 years

Internal Affairs Division as an Investigating Office handling regular complaints as well as high profile and sensitive cases. 2 years

As a Supervisor in the Field I was assigned a multitude of field supervisory assignments in such events as the LA Riots, the LA earth quake, fires,Y2K, and other natural and man-made events. I also supervised a patrol watch, in several areas of the city, which consisted of 45-50 police officers and civilians in geographic areas of 40-50 square miles. 4 years

Denny Lawson

Lawson has 25 years of experience in Law Enforcement, 8 of which were served on a full time Special Response Team for Springfield Police Department.


Lawson is a Southeast Missouri University graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology. He is a Missouri POST Generalist Instructor and specializes in Tactical Operations training.


Lawson is also a Military Veteran who proudly served his country. 

Brian McCool

McCool graduated the Drury University Law Enforcement Academy and has 9 years of Police experience with the Republic Police Department and Greene County Sheriff's Office. He has served in patrol operations and promoted to the rank of Corporal. 

McCool has experience in providing armed security and executive protection for corporations and high value clients who have received violent threats, or have regular elevated risks.

McCool joined the SFI team in 2017 and has assisted in teaching students in the Law Enforcement and Church Security Industry.

Josh Renshaw

Josh joined the Marine Core right after High-School and served 4-Years. Since then he has been working in the private sector for various armed security contracting companies and assisting with our Civilian Tactical training courses.  

Josh joined Shield Force International in 2020.

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Andy Coombes
Executive Leadership Director, and Instructor

Andy is a Results Coach and Life Strategist who works with individuals and organizations to facility their maximum achievement by helping clients to understand their true purpose, define their goals, and to break through roadblocks and limiting beliefs. 

Andy is trained and certified in the same methodologies and teachings used by world renowned Leadership Expert, Life Coach and Business Strategist, Tony Robbins.

He also works with a variety of groups and organizations teaching classes, public speaking engagements, and leadership workshops, with the goal of helping individuals and teams to achieve maximum effectiveness through the development of organizational psychology, interpersonal relationships, synergy creation, and emotional intelligence. 

Andy joined Shield Force Int. in 2018 as the Executive Leadership Director and instructs our Contemporary Leadership for Law Enforcement academy offered all across the United States.