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!

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.

Head Coach 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.