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Parks Ski Team Coaches

Our Coaches...

Our coaches bring a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to our club. In addition, they are constantly striving to increase their technical and tactical knowledge towards ski racing through education from both the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA). They ensure athletes’ long-term improvement through providing young racers with a solid understanding of the fundamentals to racing technique and tactics. Skiers of all levels can subsequently improve their involvement with the Parks Junior Ski Racing Team.

Ken Wentland - Club Director--Ken has over 30 years of coaching experience, including many years of WJR and USSA Central Region 2 experience.  Ken has held leadership positions within USSA as a certified USSA referee.  He has coached a number of elite racers that have placed high on the regional and national levels, and even earned spots to compete in international competitions.  Ken is an inspirational coach that has a great capability to connect with racers and get them to perform at their best.  Ken is a landscaper and International Certified Arborist by day, and he coaches our USSA athletes on nights and weekends.

Brad Butzke - Parks Ski Team Head Coach; USSA & WJR U14-20. Currently a USSA Alpine Official with Level 200 coaching certification. Former Parks racer with WJR and CUSSA experience, as well as USSA Masters and MMSC Senior league. Has coached 19 years, previously for the University School of Milwaukee HS (head coach), Slinger HS (both head and assistant coach), and Heiliger Huegel USSA race team (J3-J4 assistant coach).

Sarah Stern  - WJR Coach U8-U12 Coach. Currently a USSA Alpine Official with Level 200 coaching certification. Former Parks racer with WJR and CUSSA experience as well as MMSC Senior league. Sarah has coached for 19 years, previously for DSHA HS (head coach), University School of Milwaukee HS (both head and assistant coach), and West Bend HS (both head and assistant coach).

Rob Allen - WJR U14-U20 coach. Currently has Level 100 USSA coaching certification.  Rob has previous MMSC Senior Racing experience. He has been coaching for 15+ years, previously with Parks Ski Team, Fond Du Lac HS (Head coach), and West Bend HS (Head Coach).  Rob has a passion for skiing and can oftern be found skiing on weekends at Sunburst or up north. 

Ryan Butzke - WJR Lead Coach - U14-U19. Currently has Level 200 USSA coaching certification. Former Parks WJR racer. Has coached 11 years, previously with Slinger HS (Head and assistant coach).

Shelly Cascio - WJR U8-U12 coach. Currently has Level 100 USSA coaching certification. Former Parks racers with WJR and USSA. Has coached for 22 years.

David Nonn - WJR and USSA U18-u12 coach. Currently a USSA Alpine Official and has Level 200 coaching certification. Former Parks racer with WJR, USSA/FIS, and collegiate experience. Has 20 years coaching experience, previously with Parks Ski Team (USSA coach) and Ausblick race team (USSA coach).

Jim Tews - WJR U8 - U12 Coach.  Currently has level 100 USSA coaching certification and is certified at level 2 PSIA for both alpine and telemark skiing.  Jim has been teaching all levels of skiers at Sunburst for over 15 years including teaching Ski Patrol development.  He specializes in teaching children, developing lesson plans and all levels of instructor training.  Jim has 7 years of coaching experience with Parks.

Mark McClintock - WJR Lead U8 - U12 Coach. Mark is currently PSIA Level II certified. He has 1 year of coaching experience along with 10 years of ski instruction experience.  Mark brings a wealth of knowledge to the team and works with many of our younger athletes to become comfortable with the basics and create a foundation to build their ski racing career on. 

Bob Kopfman--WJR U14-U19 Coach. Has been involved with Parks for over 11 years and has coach High School Ski Racing for 9 years. Previous High School ski racer and also Senior racing

Taylor Himes--WJR Coach for all age groups. Taylor has racing experience in both WJR and USSA. He is a former PARKS racer   and has been with the team for over 13 years. In High School, he raced for Trinity Academy/Germantown and qualified for the state championship twice in his career.

Amy Kopfman--WJR Coach/Athlete. Raced with Parks ski team 10 years. Involved in WJR and USSA.

Attended Slinger High School and was a 3 time state medalist. Qualified for Junior Olympics and HS Nationals.

Has a passion for racing and wants to share her passion through coaching . Has enjoyed sharing her ski knowledge with fellow racers and middle school racers as a leader on her HS team