Our coaches bring a wealth of technical knowledge and experience to our ski team. They are constantly striving to increase their technical and tactical knowledge of ski racing through education from the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA), the Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA), and the National Ski Patrol (NSP). They ensure athletes’ long-term improvement by providing our high school racers with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of racing techniques and tactics. Skiers of all levels can subsequently improve their involvement with the Sparta Alpine Race Ski Team.
Rodney CalafatiHead Coach
Rod is an inspirational coach that has a great capability to connect with racers and get them to perform at their best. He is fanatical about alpine ski racing and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Rod has been involved with the Sparta Ski Team for the past nine years and this is his sixth season coaching the Sparta High School Ski Team. In June of 2022, Coach Calafati was named NJISRA Coach of The Year by his peers. Founder of Don't Just Ski. RACE., alpine training programs.
USSA Alpine Race Coach & Official | VARA Ski Coach | NJISRA Head Coach | NJISRA Council Executive Board & Petro Chair | SWSC Stratton Winter Sports Club Alpine Race Coach | SMSS Stratton Mountain Professional Ski Instructor | USSA Alpine Competition Official (CO), Jury Advisor, U.S. SafeSport, CPR, First Aid, AED & Stop The Bleed
Kaitlyn ClemensAssistant Coach
Sparta High School graduate and former SHS alpine racer.
NJISRA Assistant Coach | Former NJISRA Racer | CPR, First Aid & AED Certified
Serena CalafatiCoach's Aide
Don't Just Ski. RACE. Assistant Coach | Former SHS Racer & Two Year Team Captain
Claudia CalafatiCoach's Aide
UVM ASRC Alpine Racer | Stratton Race Coach & Ski Instructor | Don't Just Ski. RACE. Assistant Coach | Former SHS Racer & Team Captain
Therese Calafati "Mrs Coach"Coach's Aide
Don't Just Ski. RACE. Program Director | Coach's Apparel Lead | Former President Sparta Ski Boosters
Brendian MoriartyCoach's Aide
Former Assistant Sparta Ski Coach 8 Years | SHS Teacher | CPR, First Aid & AED Certified
Captains are selected as leaders on and off the hill. They are a great resource for new athletes on the team to answer questions and be positive role models. Please seek them out to assist you in any way. Find out what it takes to become a Team Captain.
* Each season one to four ski racers are named team captains. Team captains are announced prior to the start of the new race season. Additional team captains may be named at the end of dry-land training.
Ski Team Captains 2022/2023 Season
Kanna Pasunuri (Senior), James Kressman (Senior) & Elizabeth Flint (Senior)
Ski Team Captains 2021/2022 Season
Kanna Pasunuri - Junior Cora Moriarty - Senior
Ski Team Captains 2020/2021 Season
Claudia Calafati - Senior Rachel Young - Senior
Ski Team Captains 2019/2020 Season
Connor McAndris - Senior Olivia Finkeldie - Senior
Ski Team Captains 2018/2019 Season
Brendan Muhs - Senior Joe Russo - SeniorOlivia Finkeldie - Junior
Ski Team Captains 2017/2018 Season
Brendan Huff - Senior Valeryia Shumskaya - SeniorSerena Calafati - SeniorBrendan Muhs - Junior
Ski Team Captains 2016/2017 Season
Rex Anderson - Senior Jared Kish - SeniorSerena Calafati - JuniorHannah Newbold - Junior