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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 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 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 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 | 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 Clemens

Assistant Coach

Sparta High School graduate and former SHS alpine racer.

NJISRA Assistant Coach | Former NJISRA Racer | CPR, First Aid & AED Certified

Claudia Calafati

Coach's Aide

UVM ASRC Alpine Racer | Stratton Race Coach & Ski Instructor | Don't Just Ski. RACE. Assistant Coach | Former SHS Racer & Team Captain

Evalyn Fitzsimmons

Coach's Aide

Former SHS Racer & SHS Substitute Teacher

Serena Calafati

Coach's Aide

Don't Just Ski. RACE. Assistant Coach | Former SHS Racer & Two Year 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 Moriarty

Coach's Aide

Former Assistant Sparta Ski Coach 8 Years | SHS Teacher | 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. 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 Captain 2022/2023 Season

2022 Team Captain Kanna Pasunuri

CAPTAIN: Kanna Pasunuri (Senior)
ASSISTANT CAPTAINS: Elizabeth Flint (Senior) & James Kressman (Senior)

Ski Team Captain 2021/2022 Season

2022 Team Captains Kanna Pasunuri  & Cora Moriarty

Kanna Pasunuri - Junior Cora Moriarty - Senior

Ski Team Captains 2020/2021 Season

2021 Team Captains Claudia Calafati & Rachel Young

Claudia Calafati - Senior Rachel Young - Senior

Ski Team Captains 2019/2020 Season

2020 Team Captains Connor McAndris & Olivia Finkeldie

Connor McAndris - Senior Olivia Finkeldie - Senior

Ski Team Captains 2018/2019 Season

Sparta Ski Team Captains 2018/2019 Season

Brendan Muhs - Senior Joe Russo - SeniorOlivia Finkeldie - Junior

Ski Team Captains 2017/2018 Season

Sparta Ski Team Captains 2017/2018

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