DJSR Ski Coaches

Experienced Alpine Race Coaches

DJSR Alpine Race Coaches

DJSR 2023 Summer Camp Coaches

We strive to deliver a unique training experience for all our ski racers.  At Don't Just Ski RACE, our coaches are the heart and soul of our success. Their expertise, passion, and unwavering commitment shape the future of our athletes. They create an environment that nurtures growth and achievement through their dedication to the sport and our athletes' development. Our coaches bring knowledge and skills from esteemed race clubs and high school race teams throughout the Eastern US. All of our alpine race coaches are experienced USSA-certified alpine race coaches and/or High School ski team coaches. Every program is run with our core group of coaches and special guest coaches, making it interesting and special for all our athletes. Our race camps offer a high 3:1 athlete-to-coach ratio. We believe that the combination of our exceptional group of alpine race coaches and our commitment to individualized attention is what sets our ski camps apart and contributes to the success of our athletes. 

Ski Coach Rodney Calafati

Coach Rod Calafati

DJSR Founder and Alpine Race Coach
Voted "NJ Ski Coach of The Year" by his peers two years in a row, for the 2022 and 2023 race seasons. This prestigious recognition is a testament to Coach Calafati's exceptional coaching abilities, unwavering dedication, and outstanding contributions to alpine ski racing. 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 our program. Rod coached the NJ State High School Ski Team at the 2023 Eastern Regional High School Championships at Cannon in N.H..  Rod has coached the Sparta High School Ski Teams for the past six years and in 2023 the boys' ski team won the title of "Public School State Champions". On the weekends when he is not coaching the high school race team, Rod is in Vermont coaching the Stratton Winter Sports Club U14 & U16 racers. Rod is responsible for developing and orchestrating the "Don't Just Ski. RACE." programs.

USSA Level 200 Certified Alpine Race Coach | SWSC Stratton Winter Sports Club Alpine Race Coach | Sparta High School Ski Team Head Coach | NJISRA Council Executive Board, Petro Chair & Coach | VARA Ski Coach |  SMSS Stratton Mountain Professional Ski Instructor | USSA Alpine Competition Official (CO), Jury Advisor, U.S. SafeSport, CPR, First Aid, AED & Stop The Bleed

Jim Backman

Jim Backman

Stratton SWSC & Pingry HSUSSA Level 300 Coach
Robert Lincoln

Robert Lincoln

Mount Peter RacingUSSA Level 200 Coach
Roy Scovill

Roy Scovill

Wayne Hills HSUSSA Level 300 Coach
Kyle Markovich

Kyle Markovich

Sparta HS
KC Lister

KC Lister

Bernards HS
Jonathan David

Jonathan David

Mount Snow AcademyUSSA Level 200 Coach
Christine Larsen

Christine Larsen

Pingry HS
Boris Kaushansky

Boris Kaushansky

Mountain Creek Racing MCSRCUSSA Level 100 Coach
Brendan Hickey

Brendan Hickey

Stratton SWSCUSSA Level 200 Coach
Patricia Backman

Patricia Backman

Mountain Creek RacingUSSA & PSIA Level 100 Coach
Claudia Calafati

Claudia Calafati

Stratton SWSC & Sparta HS / UVM ASRCUSSA Level 100 Coach
Johnny Walker

Johnny Walker

Snowmellow SWAINUSSA Level 100 Coach
Serena Calafati

Serena Calafati

Stratton SWSC & Sparta HSUSSA Level 100 Coach
David Martin

Dave Martin

Stratton SWSCUSSA Level 200 Coach
Ezequiel Usle

Ezequiel Usle

Stratton MSS ManagerPSIA Level 300 Coach
Carole Scovill

Carole Scovill

Mountain Creek MCSRC / Killington KSCUSSA Level 100 Coach
Laura Landshof

Laura Landshof

Stratton SWSCUSSA Level 100 Coach
Lucas Masi

Lucas Masi

Morristown Beard HSUSSA Level 200 Coach
Jason Baker

Jason Baker

Mountain Creek Racing MCSRCUSSA Level 100 Coach
Jim Blondek

Jim Blondek

Proctor AcademyUSSA Level 100 Coach
Conor Walsh

Conor Walsh

Snowmellow SWAINUSSA Level 100 Coach
Nitas Patthanakittikul

Nitas Patthanakittikul

Windham Race FactoryUSSA Level 100 Coach
Rylee Selsor

Rylee Selsor

NWAC Winter 4 Kids
Brendan Muhs

Brendan Muhs

Mountain Creek MCSRC
Andrey Yunusov

Andrey Yunusov

Bear Creek Mtn & 4 Season AlpinePSIA Alpine Level 2
Riley Wolfinger

Riley Wolfinger

Pats Peak PPST / UVM ASRC Racer
John Barrett

John Barrett

Stratton SWSC & Danial Hand HSUSSA Level 200 Coach

Coaches Photo Gallery

Coach David Martin Coach Kyle Markovich DJSR Fall 2022 Alpine Race Coaches Coach Jonathan David Coach KC Lister Coach Claudia Calafati Coach David Martin Coach Serena Calafati Race Coaches: Robert Lincoln & Rodney Calafati Coaching Roy leading morning race tucks Alpine Summer Camp Race Coaches 2022 Coach KC at the Starting Gate Coach Roy Scovill Coach Rod Coach Brendan with the almighty drill skills Coaches: Roy Scovill, Kyle Markovich, Jim Backman, Brendan Hickey & Brendan Muhs Coach Carole Coach Claudia Coach Brendan Hickey doing course maintenance Coach Rod Coach KC Lister Course Setting Coaches Meeting Coaches Kyle and the Brendans Coaches at Farewell Ceremony Course Setting Time Coach Rod riding lift with racers Coach Roy Coach Roy doing the Schlopy Jim Backman, Brendan Hickey, Rob Lincoln & Brendan Muhs Coaches KC and Kyle Coach Brendan H. and KC Coach Carole demonstrating hands on knees Coach Roy and team Rossignol Coach Claudia and team Atomic Coach Brendan Hickey keeping it clean Coach Rodney, Jim & Robert Coach Carole and team Fischer Coach Rod Closing Ceremony Course Setting Coach Rod Coach KC and Team Head Coach Boris Kaushansky & Coach Kyle Markovich Coach Brendan Muhs