Coaches

All Madnorski ski coaches are members of the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and have completed SafeSport training. Madnorski coaching staff maintains a five to one skier to coach ratio, to ensure the highest level of support for skiers at every level.

Carly Ziegler

 Carly Ziegler is a Level 100 Certified Coach and has been working with young athletes for over 6 years. Carly holds a Masters in Science Curricular Development and is always looking for new ways to learn. Trained as a math and science educator, Carly fell in love with skiing as a way to connect with nature and be with friends and family. Carly works with Trail Kid aged athletes to develop fundamental athletic skills and have as much fun as possible on skis. Before living in Madison, Carly coached U10 – U12 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. 

Jacob Huseby

Jacob has been with the MadNorSki Club for 4 years–initially as an athlete, and now as a coach for the Juniors program. He is a senior studying Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is a skier on the UW Nordic Ski Team. Jacob is the United States Nordic category manager for Start Ski Wax, Bliz Eyewear, Swenor Rollerskis, and Anti-Freeze face tape. He is excited for another year with the team!

Cullen Chosy

Cullen is happy to ski this winter and be on the coaching team for the Juniors program. He skied with the Madnorski Juniors all throughout high school, was the Wisconsin State Nordic Ski Champion in 2017, and raced in the Junior National Competitions in Lake Placid that same year. Cullen is a senior studying Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and has added mountain biking to his list of favorite outdoor activities! 

Blake Rohrer

Blake is a lifelong skier with two daughters on the Madnorski Juniors team. He is an avid runner and wilderness explorer, especially the BWCA and backcountry of Montana. He is excited to give back to the club and athletes as a first time XC coach. He has coached soccer and volunteered with the West High cross country running team.

Jake Vander Zanden

Jake is pleased to be joining Madnorski in his first year as coach. A recreational nordic skier for nearly three decades, his interest in skiing was recently rekindled when his two kids became Madnorski skiers – and he discovered the excitement of skate skiing. When not skiing, Jake may be found mountain biking, birding, or being a limnologist at UW-Madison.

Tim Scharrer

Tim is in his 3rd year coaching the MadNorSki Juniors and has enjoyed every minute of it. He comes to us with a strong family background in skiing and was on the Northern Kettle Moraine team during high school. Now, he’s a data analyst for Trek Bikes on the Project One Team and loves working for a company that promotes a healthy, active lifestyle. He is always up for a bike ride, ski, or hike, so don’t be shy!

Jim Kyle

Jim has been a recreational skier since high school and became much more involved in the sport after being encouraged to ski the Birkie with a family member. In addition to skiing he enjoys staying active in the outdoors through running, biking and paddling. While this is his first year coaching skiers, he has worked with young people as a music teacher in the Madison schools for 30 years.
 

Nicole Fischer

Nicole is looking forward to her first year as a coach. Currently, a Ph.D. student at the UW-Madison, Nicole relocated to Madison from Germany in 2017, and ever since she has enjoyed the snow and xc-skiing tracks in Wisconsin with her husband and her dog Flash. Before coming to the U.S. Nicole has been a competitive skier for multiple years and a certified coach. Nicole’s coaching experiences range from working with young xc beginners in her hometown Kempten to teaching physical education students at the University of Regensburg how to xc ski. Now, Nicole is excited to join Madnorski.

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!

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 as assistant coach on the Madnorski Junior Team.