The Coaches

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ANTHONY JAMES

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Waffles, cuz i can eat for breakfast or make them into sweet and savory sandwiches

Favorite MTB trail?

As long as they are rideable I love them all.

Why do you coach?

To see kids break through barriers and to see them push through inner struggles.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Tiger, Because it is the largest cat, it swims up to 18 miles in a day while covering its territory of over 400 miles.

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JEANNE KASZA

LEVEL I COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Luna bars

Favorite MTB trail?

Standing Rocks or John Muir

Why do you coach?

I love getting out on the trails and helping kids discover their own strength in the face of what can sometimes be difficult.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A capibara. I would live in the tropics, swim all day with my webbed feet and watch out for jaguars!

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MIKE GOLDEN

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

GU campfire s’more gels

Favorite MTB trail?

CAMBA system

Why do you coach?

I want the next generation of riders to learn to appreciate our natural world and respect their place in it.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A bird of prey. Flying is the ultimate freedom.

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KEN McBROOM

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Peanut Butter crunch Cliff Bar

Favorite MTB trail?

Standing Rocks

Why do you coach?

I love to ride and teach kids. My son rides for Cedarburg.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

I would like to be a Griffin.

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PETE CHANDLER

LEVEL II COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Honey Stinger Waffles or

Swedish Fish

Favorite MTB trail?

Anywhere I can convince Gabe to go!

Why do you coach?

I enjoy watching the kids grow and overcome their fears on the trail.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A puppy? Happy, full of energy, and they get to nap whenever they want!

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KATIE BUTLER

LEVEL I COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Trail Mix

Favorite MTB trail?

Pleasant Valley

Why do you coach?

So I have the opportunity to learn and ride alongside my sons.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Buffalo

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JEREMY DEITZEL

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Cliff Bar

Favorite MTB trail?

Teocalli Ridge, Crested Butte

Why do you coach?

To help the next generation experience the joys of a bicycle

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Bear

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JEFF NOWAK

LEVEL I COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Kirkland Chocolate Chip protein bar

Favorite MTB trail?

Mammoth Mountain

Why do you coach?

I enjoy being able to share with the athletes, what I have learned through my experiences, in effort to help them reach their goals. The most enjoyable aspect of coaching is seeing the joy and excitement of the athletes while they are participating in the great sport of Mountain Biking!

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Eagle

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CHARLES LEASUM

LEVEL I COACH

Favorite trail snack?

The only right answer is Stroopwafel

Favorite MTB trail?

Camrock

Why do you coach?

It’s fun and I like giving back to the community.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Probably a bear. Sleeping for a few months sounds nice.

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RICK EBBERS

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Cookies

Favorite MTB trail?

Marquette trails, but this summer we may find new favorites!

Why do you coach?

For the fun of riding. Riding with the group and helping the kids. Watching the kids race and camping!

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Peregrine falcon

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JAMIE EURICH

LEVEL II COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Clif Coconut Chocolate Chip Bars

Favorite MTB trail?

Locally, for me, nothing comes close to Camrock. Flow, tech, fun.

Why do you coach?

Because I never had opportunities to be in an organization like this when I was growing up and I want to see more kids on bikes. And coach them towards improving bike handling skills, gaining confidence and most of all having fun while riding.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A bird. Doesn’t everyone want to fly?!

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RACHEL POMEROY

LEVEL II COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Apples

Favorite MTB trail?

Tsali National Forest near Asheville NC

Why do you coach?

Mountain biking has been one of the most confidence-building and fun sports of my life. I hope to share my love of this sport with young people (and especially girls) who may have previously seen it as “extreme.”

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

An orca

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SHAWN COTTER

LEVEL II COACH

Favorite trail snack?

The one you have in your pack

Favorite MTB trail?

Impossible to answer- there are too many good ones out there.

Why do you coach?

I hope to pass along the love I have for the sport

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Bald Eagle or Red Tailed Hawk

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DAN KERKMAN

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Cookies

Favorite MTB trail?

Eagle Mountain, Utah

Why do you coach?

I enjoy watching young riders learn new skills

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

Peregrine Falcon

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BRIAN BOWLES

LEVEL III COACH

Favorite trail snack?

Trader Joe's Trail Mix

Favorite MTB trail?

Marquette

Why do you coach?

I love witnessing a student-athlete achieve a goal, whether it be winning a race or simply making it up a certain hill without getting off the bike. Being part of that process and providing them with the tools to achieve that goal is the part I love.

If you could be an animal, what would you be?

A human. We are animals after all.