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 through providing our high school racers with a solid understanding of the fundamentals to racing technique 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 has been involved with the ski team for the past seven years and this will be his fourth season coaching the Sparta High School Ski Team. USSA Alpine Ski Coach Level 100 | NJISRA Head Coach.

Brendian Moriarty

Brendian Moriarty

Assistant Coach

NJISRA Coach & Referee.

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 maybe named at the end of dry-land training.

Ski Team Captains 2020/2021 Season

2020 Team Captains Connor McAndris & Olivia Finkeldie
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


Connor McAndris - Senior


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


Brendan Muhs - Senior
Joe Russo - Senior


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


Brendan Huff - Senior
Brendah Muhs - Junior


Serena Calafati - Senior
Valerie Shumskaya - Senior