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Coaches & Captains

Meet Our Coaching Staff and Team Captains.

Our Coaches

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 towards 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 Calafati

Rodney Calafati

Head 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 ski racing and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. Rod has been involved with the Sparta Ski Team for the past eight years and this is his fifth season coaching the Sparta High School Ski Team. 

USSA Alpine Racing Ski Coach Level 100 Certified | NJISRA Head Coach & Board Representative | Stratton Winter Sports Club Alpine Racing Coach U19-U12 | Stratton Mountain Professional Ski Instructor | CPR, First Aid, AED & Stop The Bleed Certified

Brendian Moriarty

Brendian Moriarty

Assistant Coach

A talented alpine skier, Brendan has eight years of coaching experience with the Sparta Ski High School Ski Team. He believes in giving our athletes a solid foundation to build upon so they have a lifelong love for skiing and racing. When he is not skiing with our race team you will find him skiing the Green Mountains of Vermont.

NJISRA Assistant Coach & Referee | CPR, First Aid & AED Certified

Our Captains

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.
*  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 Captain 2021/2022 Season

2022 Team Captain Cora Moriarty
Cora Moriarty - Senior

Ski Team Captains 2020/2021 Season

2021 Team Captains Claudia Calafati & Rachel Young
From Left to Right: Claudia Calafati & Rachel Young

Claudia Calafati - Senior

Rachel Young - Senior

Ski Team Captains 2019/2020 Season

2020 Team Captains Connor McAndris & Olivia Finkeldie
From Left to Right: Connor McAndris & Olivia Finkeldie

BOYS

Connor McAndris - Senior

GIRLS

Olivia Finkeldie - Senior

Ski Team Captains 2018/2019 Season

Sparta Ski Team Captains 2018/2019 Season
From Left to Right: Brendan Muhs, Joe Russo, Olivia Finkeldie

BOYS

Brendan Muhs - Senior
Joe Russo - Senior

GIRLS

Olivia Finkeldie - Junior

Ski Team Captains 2017/2018 Season

Sparta Ski Team Captains 2017/2018
From Left to Right: Brendan Huff, Valerie Shumskaya, Serena Calafati & Brendan Muhs

BOYS

Brendan Huff - Senior
Brendah Muhs - Junior

GIRLS

Serena Calafati - Senior
Valerie Shumskaya - Senior