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.

Karmen Whitham

Karmen Whitham is a USSA Level 200 Certified ski coach and enjoys coaching junior athletes. 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 since 2017 with both Central Cross Country and MadNorSki Junior teams. 

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. 

Marta Barton

Marta Barton has been on the MadNorSki Junior team for six years and graduated high school in the spring of 2018. She is a sophomore at Madison College and is looking forward to skiing with the juniors this winter as an assistant coach. As a former captain of the team, she is excited to bring lots of fun and games to practice. Marta believes that nordic skiing is an amazing life sport and is excited to share her love for it this season.

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.

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.