Core Education for Youth Mountain Bike Coaches and Team Volunteers



DATE:  November 2-3, 2013

LOCATION: Snoqualmie, WA

FOR: New and veteran coaches, adult team volunteers, team ride leaders

Volunteer coaches and team helpers are the backbone of our youth program. Volunteering is very rewarding and anyone can become volunteer coach, assistant coach, team manager, ride leader or team volunteer. Whether you are a parent, school administrator, or someone with a passion for fitness and working with youth, you are important to the success of our organization.



On-the-bike instruction is taught by professional mountain bike instructors Kat Sweet and Kari Studley. Check out their bios below. Spots are limited for this unique workshop.

The Washington Student League offers this annual coaching conference for new coaches, returning coaches, ride leaders and team helpers. Attending this conference and other professional development courses that will be offered later in the year, will help you create a safer environment for your riders and keep you current on coaching license requirements. Parents of student riders are welcome to attend!

New teams: If you attend this Coaching Conference and then register your new team for the 2013/2014 Spring League with you as the head coach, your team registration fee is only $75!

Includes continental breakfast and lunch each day.


DAY By Price
Saturday Only $ 75.00
Sunday Only $100.00
Saturday & Sunday $160.00


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2014 Agenda



Kari Studley | World Master Cyclocross Champion/PT/DPT/USAC Level II Coach, BikePT

Growing up, Kari spent her the majority of her spring and summer breaks riding her Huffy with friends all over town. She discovered mountain biking and bike racing in college and has competed for over 10 years at the elite and professional level in mountain bike, cyclo-cross and road cycling. Not only is Kari the 2013 World Master Cyclocross Champion, she is also the 2009 Single Speed Cyclocross World Champion, a three-time National Cyclo-cross Champion, and 6 time Washington State Cyclo-cross Champion. With over 9 years of experience as a summer camp counselor, program director and Assistant Camp director at Girl Scout Camp Robinswold and YMCA Camp Orkila, Kari is also passionate about promoting youth development and cycling opportunities. Kari received the 2011 National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) “Coach of the Year” award for her work as Head Coach of the Biking Vikings Team, NICA Invitational Camp, and NICA National Mountain Bike Championship Select Team. Kari currently works as a cycling biomechanics and rehab specialist at Corpore Sano Physical Therapy and Sports Performance and BikePT in Kenmore, WA.

Kari has degrees from Western Washington University (BS – Exercise and Sport Science) and Eastern Washington University (DPT).

When not training or working, Kari enjoys backpacking, kayaking and riding bikes with her Studley husband.



Kat Sweet | Professional Mountain Bike Coach | SweetLines

Kat has been mountain biking for over 20 years. A former professional downhill mountain bike racer and X-Games ski competitor, Kat has a unique way of teaching and captivating her students. She believes in using camaraderie to build courage and confidence to push riders to the next level.

Her coaching has taken her all over the United States, Canada and New Zealand. Kat is a certified IMIC coach and founder of Sweetlines, her mountain bike coaching company.

Kat has many years of experience in working with youth as the former Youth Program Manager at Cascade Bicycle Club. She is also the Executive Director & Founder of Trips for Kids Seattle and on the founding committee of the first interscholastic cycling league in Washington state.


Mike Westra | Trails & Parks Project Manager, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance

Mike Westra – Evergreen’s Trails Project Manager – comes from an active, outdoorsy family. In fact, he started riding on his sister’s mountain bike some 20 odd years ago, though he didn’t really catch the bug for the first 10 years. Since then, he’s become a skilled all-mountain rider who enjoys everything from long climbs to techy trails, smooth flowy ribbons and freeride stunts. As our Project Manager Mike’s worked on both of our big bike park projects, Duthie Hill and Colonnade. Plus he manages our two new trail projects at Tiger Mt and South Fork Snoqualmie, and oversees our Backcountry Trail Maintenance Program statewide.

Prior to his mountain biking and Evergreen days, Mike was a Project Manager with Hewlett-Packard and an avid hiker and skier. Luckily, before leaving High-Tech he’d mastered the ability to lead teleconferences from his “home office”… often in the woods somewhere with his laptop in a backpack. Now his office is the woods and he doesn’t need to fake it any more.

You can often find Mike driving the excavator, working on trails, and riding at Duthie, Tiger and beyond with a big grin. If you’ve seen him this summer, you’d know him as the guy with the crutches. Thankfully his knee is healing fast and he’s already been back on a bike. Mike is extremely happy to be building trails and building community in WA!


Lisa Miller | Director, Washington Student League

Lisa is the Director of the Evergreen Washington Student League and founder of the first interscholastic cycling league in Washington State.

Raised in Oregon, Lisa made her way to the Puget Sound region in 1988. She graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. degree in Psychology, focusing on performance and motivation and for 15 years worked as a Project and Construction Manager.

In 1999 when Lisa was working long hours and focusing on her career, she was given a mountain bike as a gift. Lisa quickly discovered that the bike was a vehicle for gaining fitness, confidence, and developing strong character, all of which empowered her to be even more successful in her career. The bike also brought a healthy balance to her life which led her to start the Indie Series, a cross country mountain bike race series that was the only one in the state at that time. She has served for several years on the board of Seattle Cyclocross and currently manages a mountain and cyclocross race team called Ragnarok Racing.

Still racing mountain bikes as much as possible, Lisa also races cyclocross and enjoys road cycling, running marathons, and skate skiing.


The 2013 Coaching Conference is located at the DirtFish Rally School in Snoqualmie, WA. Snoqualmie is located approximately 30 minutes from downtown Seattle east on I-90 and 20 minutes west of Snoqualmie pass.

7001 396th Drive SE
Snoqualmie, WA, 98065

(Note: Some GPS directions will misdirect the final mile – follow the directions below)
1. Take I-90 East from Seattle toward Spokane
2. Take the WA-18 W exit, EXIT 25, toward SNOQUALMIE PKWY
3. At end of Exit ramp, turn LEFT onto WA-18
4. WA-18 becomes SE SNOQUALMIE PKWY. Follow for 3.6 miles
5. At T-intersection, turn LEFT onto RAILROAD AVE SE/WA-202 and go over bridge
6. Turn RIGHT immediately after bridge onto MILLPOND RD
8. At T-intersection, turn LEFT at Stop sign, onto REINIG RD
9. Follow road to LEFT and up hill – road becomes 396th DR SE
10. Turn LEFT at first Driveway on left, past No Trespassing signs
11. Follow Driveway down hill around to front of Office/Classroom