Coaches

All six Madnorski ski coaches are certified by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (US Skiing) at level 100 or higher, and together have combined experience racing in Europe, the World Cup, NCAA’s, Super Tour, US Nationals, national, regional and local competitions, and coaching at the national, regional and local levels. Madnorski coaching staff maintains a five to one skier to coach ratio, to ensure the highest level of support for skiers at every level.

Karmen Whitham

Karmen Whitham is a USSA Level 200 Certified ski coach who has been coaching junior athletes professionally for the past 4 years. She has a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from Northern Michigan University (NMU) and a diploma in Massage Therapy. During her time at NMU she skied 4 years on the NCAA DII Championship Cross Country Ski Team.  Before college Karmen skied for Stratton Mountain School where she traveled to Europe to compete in FIS sanctioned races, and qualified for U.S. Junior Nationals 6 years in a row, where she claimed 6 All-American titles. Karmen has been coaching in the Madison area starting last season with both Central Cross Country and MadNorSki Junior teams.  Any questions about the program, please contact Karmen at karmenm.whitham@gmail.com

Jay D. Sween

Jay D. Sween is a Level 100 CXC/USSA Certified coach who has been involved with training youth skiers in both the Wausau and Madison area for 11 years. Jay has had the honor of coaching several Wisconsin State top-10 skiers and in 2016 helped two MadNorSki athletes qualify and compete at the 2017 Junior National Championships in Lake Placid.

Bill Rattunde

Bill Rattunde has been coaching for the Madison Nordic Ski team since 2007. He is a USSS/USSA Level 200 Coach. He has been an active world loppet participant with over 35 US and international races. Bill believes that living the Nordic lifestyle is a great way to stay fit through life and a focus on technique and efficiency makes for both a faster and happier athlete and skier. Of course you only get out what you put in, but make sure that you get out ALL that you put in! Keep it light, keep it fast, keep it fun!

Pam Schneider

Pam Schneider, US Ski & Snowboard level 100 certified, founded the Madnorski east branch team four years ago, to provide opportunities for middle & high school athletes. She has been a life-long skier and is excited to help each young athlete reach their potential while having fun!

Brenda Baker

Brenda Baker, US Ski and Snowboard level 100 certified, has been a life-long skier and silent sport athlete. She has extensive background in childhood development and previous experience coaching youth swimming and soccer. The parent of two skiers, she is thrilled to serve her first year assistant coaching the Madnorski Junior Team.

Chris Pappathopoulos

Chris Pappathopoulos, is a US Ski & Snowboard level 200 trained coach. He has experience coaching youth programs from elementary age cross country skiing, running and swimming, through high school cross country skiing. Outside of coaching, Chris has raced in SuperTours, Nationals, and was the overall winner of the CXC Marathon Cup. Away from skiing he has set course records in races ranging from 5k to marathon and has overall victories in triathlon. He credits skiing with his success in other sports.