Loppet Foundation

Coaching

LNR Coaching Staff

Loppet Nordic Racing prides itself on a coaching staff that is:

  1. technically proficient and up to date in  technique instruction and training methods
  2. have the personality traits that help motivate and engage athletes of all ages
  3. have a common method and language to coach skiing
  4. have the interest and motivation to train, race, and improve their own skiing

Currently LNR has more USSA certified Level 100 coaches then any ski club in the United States.

 

Head Coach Piotr Bednarski and Development Director Reid Lutter head up the coaching team. Both are experienced high-level coaches.

Piotr Bednarski has been coaching at a high level for more than 20 years. He has coached at the college level and he is coached national and internationally successful athletes. His Go!Training program has produced some of the region’s and country’s best skiers for years. He looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to a new challenge in growing Loppet Nordic Racing.Read Piotr’s Resume
Mr. Lutter has been coaching junior skiers since 1995. Over the past 17 years he has worked with athletes who have gone on to be state and national champions and have represented the United States in the Olympic games. Mr. Lutter has coached at a national and international level for the U.S. Ski Team, he has coached the Midwest’s Junior National Team for years and will be the Head Coach in 2013 and 2014.


Kim Rudd

Kim Rudd

Racing: Kim fell in love with Nordic skiing at a young age and was ski racer for Roseville High school. After racing for Bemidji State Nordic Team from 1989 – 1993, Kim has enjoyed racing on Team Rossignol for the last twenty years. Some of her top performances recently include her 2nd place finish at the 2016 Noquemonen Classic Ski Marathon, 3rd place finish at the 2016 City of Lakes Skate marathon, and third place podium winner at the 2013 Classic American Birkebeiner. Coaching Experience:

  • Minneapolis Ski Club Coach (1994-1999)
  • MYSL Ski Coach (2003 – 2012)
  • Cooper High School Coach (1997)
  • Gear West Adult Ski Program Coach (2005)
  • Loppet Nordic Adult, Junior and TRAIL KIDS coach (2006 – 2016
  • Currently the Armstrong High School Head Nordic Coach

Education: Kim has a B.A. in Chemistry and Minor in Biology. She also earned her M.A.C.E. at Bethel Seminary.

Family: Kim has been married to Craig for twentythree years and enjoys skiing with her daughters Leah and Hannah Rudd

Hobbies: Traveling, Camping, Mountain Bike racing, cooking, gardening and writing.


Chris Harvey

Chris Harvey

Burnsville HS head coach since 2010, MN Valley group coach, wax tech, and strength coach since 2010, and 2012 Midwest Team coach. Graduated from Eden Prairie HS in 2004, ran cross country and skied at Michigan Tech, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Works at Barr Engineering Co. and lives in Bloomington, MN.


Doug Boonstra

Doug Boonstra

Doug Boonstra has over 20 years of experience coaching club and high school cross country skiing.  His high school team, Eden Prairie, won the Boys MN State High School meet in 2013.   Doug also coaches soccer at Eden Prairie HS where he is a physics teacher.  Doug lives in Chaska, where he  is married to his wife Susan.  They have three kids, Ryan, Corinne, and Hunter.  If he ever has any free time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, running, biking, and working in his arboretum of pine and spruce trees.


Kate Ellis

Kate Ellis

  • Racing: Skiing – 2008 World Master Champion, 2X Mora Vasaloppet 42K classic champ, 2X Seeley Hills Classic 42K champ, World Loppet Master, Canoe – General Clinton, AuSable Canoe Marathon, and La Classique International Canoe Marathon: multiple champion in both mixed and female divisions. US mixed champion, 4th in World Championships in Dragonboat, 2X champion in mixed at US Outrigger Championships, Women’s Masters champion at Molokai to Oahu Channel Crossing.
  • Coaching: 8 years at Minneapolis Southwest High School, 8 years in summer programs through Sauko and Go!Training. Various masters programs.
  • Education: University of Wisconsin Madison
  • Other Career: Graphic Designer/Art Director and jeweler
  • Age: Still kicking’ butt.

Evan Pengally

Evan Pengally

Evan is a top Midwest marathon racer. A former Loppet Classic and Hoigaard’s Challenge Champion, Evan is very knowledgeable on the technical side of skiing.  Evan leads our waxing crew with Chris Harvey and is the national sales manager for START waxes and ski poles.


Caitlin Compton Gregg

Caitlin Compton Gregg

Caitlin Compton Gregg was a member of the 2010 Winter Olympic Team in Vancouver, Canada. She has also competed at 3 World Championships, 2 X Cross Country Skiing and 1 X Biathlon. Caitlin has also won the American Birkebeiner, the City of Lakes Loppet and is 3 X National Champion. Caitlin has been racing professionally since 2004 when she moved to Minneapolis and began training with Piotr Bednarski. After two years racing for the Factory Team she joined CXC and was based out of Minneapolis between camps.

In 2010, after the Olympics, Caitlin joined Piotr and Go!Training as a junior coach for his summer training program. With the newly formed Loppet Nordic Racing Team Caitlin is once again coaching but with Reid’s group at Hyland Park. She loves motivating and inspiring young women to dream big and believe in themselves.Caitlin in currently taking prerequisites for PA school and has discovered her love of Mountain Biking.


Julia Curry

Julia Curry

Julia (aka Jules, JC, or Curry) started skiing her sophomore year at Woodbury High School in Woodbury, MN. She skied for The College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, MN from 2007-2011, and made a trip to Truckee, CA for Junior Nationals in 2009 as a 2nd year “Older Junior.”

Julia made her coaching debut as a volunteer assistant coach for the PWER Nordic Ski Team (Park, Woodbury, East Ridge) during the 2013/14 season. She was also an age-group coach for the 2014 Midwest Junior National Team in Stowe, Vermont. Julia is really looking forward to working with the stellar Loppet Nordic Racing athletes and other coaches!


Lynne Cecil

Lynne Cecil

Lynne grew up in the bike and ski business (B.J.’s Bike & Ski) and currently is a manager at Gear West. She has a degree in Elementary Ed from University of Minnesota. She has ski raced on the Fischer/Solomon Marathon Ski Team and was the 1990 Birkie winner. Lynne has 3 awesome daughters and lives in Bloomington. She loves movement in all its forms from mt biking and roller skiing to her newest passion: yoga. Lynne has enjoyed coaching programs through Gear West and Life Time Fitness.


Gene Kay

Gene Kay

A top masters marathon skier, Gene brings a great technical background in sports science, and has many years experience coaching Youth, Junior, College, and Masters skiers. He loves going fast on the downhills and loves good classic conditions.


Jon Miller

Jon Miller

Jon Miller, born and raised in Roseville, Minnesota, is a 2005 graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he was an All-Conference skier. Jon has finished as high as 28th in the American Birkebeiner and has previously won the Classic Race at the City of Lakes Loppet and the Steamboat Stampede Ski Marathon. Jon has coached at the High School and Grade School and Adult levels since 2005.


Allie Rykken

Allie Rykken

Allie is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and has been a lifelong skier. Allie focuses her coaching efforts on the Loppet’s inner-city programs, including Loppet Adventure and Ski Camp, the Anwatin Ski Team and the Trips for Kids program.


Jonathan Sanborn

Jonathan Sanborn

A friend taught him to Nordic ski at Theodore Wirth back in 1983 as cross training for triathlons.  Loves Nordic and alpine skiing, paddling canoe and surf ski, trail running and cycling.  Coached Nordic skiing at MYSL (French Reg. Park) 1993-2000, Maple Grove High School Nordic team 2001-2011, Gear West adults 2012, LNR adults 2012, and excited to work with FAST KIDS!


Mary McKelvey

Mary McKelvey

Mary has raced in the Minnesota State High School meet, in the Junior Olympics for the Central Team, and for the Division I Nordic program at Middlebury College. Returning to Minnesota after years abroad has meant returning to skiing and training. Mary is a licensed teacher with experience teaching and coaching middle school kids. She coached cross-country and track and ran the ski club at middle school for four years. Last year, she was an assistant coach for the Southwest High School nordic team. She first discovered the benefits of Loppet Foundation training programs for herself, then entolled her own kids in Loppet FAST KIDS programs. She has had such a fun time training with kids in the FAST KIDS program that she is thrilled to become an official coach this summer.


Jake Brown

Jake Brown

Jake’s first adventures on skis began in the backyard of his family’s Minneapolis home at age three. Jake ski raced for Minnehaha Academy during high school and will be skiing for St. Olaf College. Jake enjoys skiing and biking with his two brothers, Luke and Nate, as well as fishing and epic ping-pong matches. Jake aims to complete twenty Birkebeiners by age forty.


Sara Morse

Sara Morse

Sara’s timely jokes and warm smile creates a positive atmosphere athletes enjoy.Sara Morse has been nordic ski racing since the age of seven. In high school she raced for Stillwater Area High School and Team Midwest at USSA Junior Nationals. Sara’s teams won Minnesota State and the Alaska Cup her senior year.

In college, Sara raced for the University of New Hampshire with All-East honors. After college, Sara pursed marathon racing for Rossignol Race Team with top three finishes in the Marathon Series. Currently, she coaches and races for Loppet Nordic Racing and One Way.

Sara has a Bachelors in Environmental Science and a Masters in Landscape Architecture. She also enjoys biking, cooking and outdoor time with her family.


Carolyn Bramante

Carolyn Bramante

Carolyn is a former national team biathlete, who represented the United States in the 2006 Olympic Games. Having just finished medical school, Carolyn is an excellent role model as well.


Matt Liebsch

Matt Liebsch

2014 Olympic hopefully and past Birkie Champion. Matt currently works at Gear West Ski and Run, trains a lot and chases around his 3 and 4 year old children. He went to Osseo High School and then studied engineering at the U of M. While at the U, he was introduced to higher level training by Piotr Bednarski and eventually joined CXC from 2006-2011 as part of their Olympic development team.”I love coaching and wish that I had time to do even more. Passing on my knowledge about the sport is very rewarding. Most of my coaching involvement is at the high school and master level. I that pride in watching a motivated athlete make improvements while having fun along the way.”

… it better snow this year, a lot!


Brandan Ostroot

Brandan Ostroot

Brandan is the team marksmanship coach. He is also a wax technician for the US Biathlon Team.


Margaret Adelsman

Margaret Adelsman

Margaret skied in college at Bemidji State University where she competed for national championships. She focuses her coaching on the Loppet Foundation’s Minne-Loppet programs. Through these programs she is responsible for over 500 inner-city children learning to ski each year!


Janna Brayman Krawczyk

Janna Brayman Krawczyk

Janna is a passionate ride of any and all kinds of bicycles. From the earliest days of riding her 1970’s Schwinn Lil’ Chik with the banana seat around her neighborhood, she has known the joy and zen of riding. Sixteen or so years ago, she was introduced to mountain biking and fell in love with the peace and beauty of riding on dirt. She has been racing mountain bikes ever since.

When coaching mountain biking, she focuses on two things: safety and cultivating the pure joy of flowing through the woods on a bike. Through her coaching, she aspires to inspire kids to create a healthy lifestyle centered around positivity and a lifelong love of outdoor fitness.


Nicole Lepinski

Nicole Lepinski

Started skiing as a junior at Maple Grove, ran cross country and skied at Michigan Tech, assistant coach at Burnsville, a recent coach for the LNR junior’s summer group at Hyland, and look forward to more opportunities with LNR. For me, the best part about coaching is seeing an athlete meet goals, improve their fitness and technique, and learn to love Nordic skiing. I currently live in Bloomington and work as a family practice Physician Assistant in the Twin Cities.


Craig Rudd

Craig Rudd

Craig has pinned on a race bib several times a winter for 28 seasons straight, either competing as a high school athlete, collegiate skier or more recently as a recreational racer.  Craig has a passion for coaching kids in the 9 – 13 year old age bracket.  He has over 10 years of experience coaching this age bracket while coaching, MYSL, Silverski groups or the Loppet’s FAST KIDS program.  This will be a new experience for Craig as this will be the first year he has coached this age bracket without one of his two girls, Hannah or Leah in his class.


Karen Bebchuk

Karen Bebchuk

Karen has over two decades of experience as a multiport athlete, coach and mother to three very active children. An all State Nordic Skier and competitive tennis player in her early years she added triathlon and resumed XC ski racing after moving back to MN in 2001. Karen consistently places in the top of her age group in triathlon and XC skiing. Believing that cross training and variety is key to making racing sustainable, she includes plenty of variety and unique methods of cross training into all her work out sessions.

Karen’s goal is to give the beginner, “middle of the pack”, and competitive “age groupers” the inspiration, knowledge, and confidence to achieve their fitness goals and take pride in their results. She coaches with an emphasis on good technique and using the best equipment possible in order to maximize fun and fitness while minimizing injuries. As a certified group fitness instructor and personal trainer she includes fundamentals of pilates, yoga, and dance to enhance the mind connection that lead to better balance, increased core strength, and more efficient skiing.

  • Owner and Coach at KarenB Training LLC
  • Gear West XC Technique & Training Program Coach
  • Former Gear West Ski & Run Store employee
  • Top Age Group & Masters Triathlete – sprint & olympic distances
  • Top Age Group & Elite Wave Birkie Skier – skate & classic
  • Former Wayzata High School Nordic Ski Team Volunteer Coach
  • USAT Level 1 Coach and Personal Trainer
  • Mat Pilates and Group Fitness Instructor, ACE Certified

Collin Cousins

Collin Cousins

Collin is a 2010 Macalester graduate who is excited to spend his first year home in Minnesota for a while after teaching elementary and high school students in Kazakhstan as a Peace Corps volunteer. He’s skied all his life while racing competitively in high school and racing for fun on the Macalester club team. He loves skiing, being outside, and being a position to help others develop their passion for the sport. He’s excited to spend time coaching this year before starting medical school next fall.


Leslie Hale

Leslie Hale

Leslie Hale learned to nordic ski in the 1970s on wooden skis with cable bindings and snowmobile boots while her parents took long swigs of wine on the trail from cowhide flasks. She recovered from that experience and several times placed in the top 5 at the MN state ski meet and competed in Junior Nationals for the Central division. She went on to become an All- American xc runner at Brown University. After a hiatus of 25 years she returned to Nordic skiing, and the LNR coaching staff fixed her 80’s technique enough that she is now placing in the top 10 females in the Birkie classic race. She has raced the grueling 3 day Arctic Circle Race across Greenland 3 times, placing third female in 2014. Leslie believes in the importance of introducing kids to nordic skiing in a fun environment focusing on good technique and laying the groundwork for a lifetime of health and enjoyment of exercise. Leslie has a Master of Public Health degree with a specialty in Community Health Education.


Craig Jarvinen

Craig Jarvinen

Craig started skiing at age 3. He grew up in Winona, Minnesota. While in Winona, he had his first coaching assignment while in 5th grade, worked at Valley Ski and Bike, and skied on the newly formed Winona High School ski team. In college, he skied on the Hamline University ski team. In 1985 he was the Kortelopet Champion. Since 2009, he has coached for the Edina High School Nordic Ski Team and is now Associate Head Coach. Craig is also active with the City of Lakes Loppet, currently associate chief of course. He enjoys designing and building ski trails. Craig is a Level 100 Certified USSA Coach.


Erik Fagerstrom

Erik Fagerstrom

As a junior ski racer hailing from Eden Prairie, Erik was the 2009 Minnesota State High School champion in Nordic Skiing , and a multiple time all-american at the Junior National level. After skiing in Ketchum, ID with the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation as a post-grad, he continued on to compete in the sport with the Dartmouth College Men’s Ski Team in Hanover, NH. He graduated from Dartmouth in 2014 with a B.A. in Biological Sciences and a minor in Ethics and now works at HCMC with the Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation coordinating clinical research in the Emergency Department.

Erik is both surprised and excited about how quickly his ski career has brought him into coaching. He started coaching for the LNR summer program in June 2014 and will be the new assistant coach at Blake High School for the 2014/15 season. He looks forward to bringing the more diverse training perspectives he’s encountered in different clubs and regions across the country during his ski career back to the Midwest in hopes of raising the level of ski racing both for the region, and for the U.S. as a whole. As a competitor, Erik is far from finished – he enjoys running marathons, hopes to start triathlons, and of course, looks forward to jumping into ski races, both long and short, this coming winter.


Claire Luby

Claire Luby

Claire Luby started ski racing for Central High School, culminating her high school ski career by winning the state meet skate title in 2006. In high school, she competed in a number of Junior National events, grabbing several all american honors and a couple of third place finishes. She earned her BA at Middlebury College, where she was a member and captain of the ski team. Since graduating and moving back to the midwest, Claire has been coaching at summer and fall training camps for LNR. As a former GoTraining! athlete herself, she is excited to work with the next generation of Midwest skiers! She also coaches the Madnorski high school team in Madison WI, where she is pursuing a PhD in Plant Breeding. Claire continues to enjoy racing, and has won the Noquemanon, and Sisu Fest marathons and has finished second in the Birkebeiner classic race and third in the City of Lakes skate race. In her free time, when she isn’t outside on skis, a bike or in running shoes, she is probably cooking or gardening.


Alye DeRoma

Alye DeRoma

A lifelong skier and mountain biker, Alye competed at Wayzata High School and Gustavus Adolphus College for skiing while continuing to race bikes on the side. A few years after college she fell in love with CrossFit, and changed careers to become a CrossFit coach and competitor. After previous experience coaching nordic at Wayzata High School and also with adults in CrossFit, she is excited to get started as the LNR Strength coach. When she is not training or coaching, you can find her watching her husband, Dan mountain bike race and playing with their labradoodle Bentley.


Ellen Anderson

Ellen Anderson

Ellen hails from the northeastern hamlet of Ely, MN. As a junior, she competed in biathlon and nordic. She received a BA from The College of St. Scholastica, an MA from Dartmouth College, and is currently a law student at William Mitchell College of Law. Ellen has coached skiing in Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Norway. This past winter, she helped coach at St. Paul Academy. She is looking forward to working with LNR this summer!


Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson

TJ grew up in the hotbed of Minnesota Nordic skiing in the 1970’s, Marine on St. Croix, where he started playing hockey and skied to school. In 1989 he began coaching juniors in Park City, Utah. After moving back to Minnesota he coached high school for 3 years and then founded the Saukko Ski Club in 1996 to 2005. During this time, he also coached on the Midwest Junior National Team for 7 years. In 2005 he took time off from coaching to earn his Masters in Education and has been a middle school teacher for 21 years. His favorite thing to do is to climb mountains and telemark ski down.


Jenny Beckman

Jenny Beckman

Jenny grew up skiing with her family in Maple Grove, Minnesota. After high school she raced for Saint Cloud State University from 2007 – 2011 where she earned two MVP awards and a degree in marketing and communication studies. After college, she began to pursue a career in the outdoor sports industry managing the marketing efforts of Gear West Ski & Run, and coaching with Orono High School and LNR. Jenny is currently working for Salomon as the Community Marketing Manager for Nordic and loves to share her passion for the sport with others.


BethAnn Chamberlain

BethAnn Chamberlain

BethAnn grew up in the Northern Minnesota town of Grand Rapids and raced as a biathlete for nearly 15 years. She and her husband David, lived, trained and raced in Maine for six years before moving to Colorado before moving back here to Twin Cities area. After retiring from racing herself, BethAnn started coaching with the US Paralympics Nordic and Biathlon team. She also was a team massage therapist and was able work with the team in both these positions, coach and massage therapist at the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. BethAnn continues to coach with the US Paralympic Nordic and biathlon team. She is excited anytime she has the opportunity to be on skis and share the sport she loves with others. When not skiing or coaching, BethAnn is often hanging out at Boulder Nordic Sport with husband David, who helps to manage the shop, along with their four month old son, Lucas.


Kim Marek

Kim Marek

A Wisconsin native most recently living in Alaska, Kim first fell in love with cycling when she discovered cyclocross in Anchorage. After being exposed to sand, mud and dirt, she wanted to explore more and found herself getting lost on single track. Mountain biking has been one of her favorite ways to play outdoors and get out with friends. New this year to instructing with the Loppet Foundation, Kim is excited to mentor and share her passion for mountain biking with others.