Cassie SmithLeague Director
Bradley SchmalzerLeague President / Chief Course Setter / Chief Referee
Originally from Wisconsin, Bradley has planted roots in West Virginia. When he is not riding his mountain bike or spending time with his wife and two little girls, Bradley is a partner in a large regional law firm, practicing civil litigation in Charleston, West Virginia. Bradley dedicates his free time working to promote mountain biking and healthy lifestyles throughout the State. Bradley believes that mountain biking is a gateway to success for young people, and has all of the necessary components to teach them the life lessons and skills necessary to be successful in anything they wish to accomplish.
Dr. Stephen “Doc” WordenWVICL League Treasurer / League Coach Support / Team Coach
Kristen DieffenbachDirector of Coaching
Phil WaidnerProgram Manager
Merging his interests in outdoor education and mountain biking, Phil developed MTB programs for a variety of summer camps and outdoor education programs across the country. He then spent time guiding and instructing in China, Bolivia and Colorado before landing in WV. Here he developed mountain bike, BMX, skateboard, and ATV programs at the Summit Bechtel Reserve, a large national facility for the Boy Scouts of America.
Phil is currently the Program Manager for Camps and Teen Trail Corps at the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA). As he has always been passionate about youth mountain bike programs, Phil signed on early as a volunteer to bring NICA to WV through the bid process and acted as race director for the inaugural 2018 season.
When he's not mountain biking, he can often be found exploring on his dirt bike, rock climbing, hiking, or just relaxing in the nearest swimming hole.
Zach AdamsDirector of Operations
Zach started mountain biking through the Pennsylvania Scholastic Mountain BIking League, a predecessor to the NICA program modeled after the Northern California League, in 2004. He caught the cycling bug and dove in head first, traveling all across the country to race and ride over the next 10 years. Having gone through a pretty substantial shift in activity level – from couch potato to racing UCI level cross events – Zach knows what a life changing experience it can be to find cycling as a teenager.
Zach also instantly became fascinated with putting on events. Starting with local grassroots racing and the 2006 PA State Cyclocross Championships, all the way through some 23 different events all over the Mid-Atlantic Region. The move to the West Virginia Interscholastic Cycling league was a natural transition.
Eric HawkinberryRace Director
Sue HaywoodCoach Supporter
Jessica Harmening,Coach Supporter
Julie HawkinberryVolunteer Coordinator
Julie's oldest son, Sam, joined the WVICL's inaugural 2018 season, and it was during that initial year that Julie realized what a special and unique program NICA is for West Virginia and its youth. The sense of community built among the teams and the whole league is unparallel to any other organization she's seen. She's looking forward to the day when her youngest son, Riley, will join his big brother on the team.
One of Julie's fondest memories of the inaugural season is standing in the cold rain at Little Creek after the first race and looking around, seeing how delighted and excited everyone was – from the young athletes to parents to all the volunteers and staff. Since then, the WVICL has taken off and grown, feeling more like family as it goes on. The friendships and bonds that Julie and her family have made with people all over the state will last a lifetime. Julie has gone from being a cheering parent, to volunteering at race weekends with set up and finish line support, to becoming the league's Volunteer Coordinator.
When Julie isn't volunteering with the WVICL, you can usually find her curled up with a good book (she is a former English teacher turned attorney) or on a yoga mat. Julie is completing her 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2020, with a focus on bringing yoga to mountain bikers. Her mantra is "You can. You will."
Jessy CoffmanFeed Zone Manager
Jodi MondyGRiT Coordinator
With a little nudging she started the Putnam County Pedalers team in 2020 and will argue with anyone who says their Coach staff is better! “I might be Head Coach but the real magic comes from my Coach staff. They are in it!,” she answered when asked about her role as Head Coach.
Jodi also works at her local bike shop and is a MTB Tour Guide and MTB Skills Instructor for Arrowhead Bike Farm.
“With my creativity and WVICL’s GRiT co-Coordinator, Mia’s attention to detail, I predict we will have a lot of fun and success in getting more girls on bikes here in Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia.”
Mia FoxGRiT Coordinator
Hailing from Seoul, South Korea, she grew up with her adopted family in Charleston WV, and moved back to the state in 2006 after living in Ohio for several years after college. "I missed the mountains and the beauty of West Virginia. Charleston is where my family is and I was tired of being a Buckeye. I decided I wanted to raise my two daughters back in my home state." When she isn't working, Mia spends her time facilitating a social ride on Tuesday nights along with a ladies only ride on Thursdays, running her teams practices, or at home with her two teenage daughters and their three beloved chihuahuas.
Mia founded the Kanawha River Wildcats Comp team in Charleston WV in 2018, and serves as one of the two GRiT Coordinators for the state. "I want to see WV grow our female participation, and females of color. I see that as my personal mission as a GRiT Coordinator." Mia was a recipient of the 2018 SRAM Coach of The Year Awards for NICA, which was the highlight of her life. "I love biking, and I am so proud I have gotten so many parents riding bikes with their kids. That is the legacy I hope to leave across the state. Bringing that excitement and joy to families riding bikes together and being "RAD".
Dan VorisekCamp Director
Dan lives in Athens Ohio with his wife and three children on a budding farmstead next to Willow Creek, where he spends spare time on forest hikes and looking for arrowheads with his kids when not out on the trails running, biking, or coaching with the Cougarbats
We Need Your Help
We are a volunteer-based organization. Without our dedicated volunteers, parents, and coaches, our programs would not exist. Race-day volunteers are what make our events a success. Volunteering for a race is a single-day (or a few hours) commitment and is perfect for someone who wants to be involved but is limited on time.
|Rally In The Valley||Aug 28th and 29th|
|Battle at Big Bear||Sep 11th and 12th|
|Cacapon||Sep 25th and 26th|
|Defend the Bend||Oct 9th and 10th|
|Twin Falls||Oct 23rd and 24th|