A former Marine Corps infantry and public affairs officer, Coonradt served on active-duty for ten years until resigning his commission in 1993. He commanded a rifle platoon, a weapons platoon, a headquarters & service company and a rifle company. He also served as the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and as a recruit training Series Officer at MCRD San Diego. Coonradt later served as a Department of Defense liaison officer to the USO. He is a graduate of the Marine Corps Infantry Officer Course, the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advanced Course, the U.S. Army Airborne School and the Department of Defense Public Affairs Officer Course.
Coonradt developed a love of hunting from his father and a passion for the shooting sports through his military service.
Before joining the NRA in 2015, Coonradt was with Hillsdale College for 17 years where he served as the Director of Advancement for the Southwestern United States, as the Director of Advancement for Business and Industry, and as the Dean of Men. He was the Vice President for Advancement at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and worked for Cintas Corporation as an office manager, service manager and lead service manager. Coonradt holds a BA from the University of Iowa. He has three sons and enjoys hunting, shooting, fly-fishing, golf and hiking.