About Our Coaches
Karen Eckel – MiSCA Level 3 Coach - Karen brings many years of mountain biking experience to this team. She is excited to share her passion for the sport with the kids. This team fulfills a long time dream of coaching mountain biking. Karen brings with her communication, organizational and technical riding skills. Her daughter is currently a junior at RHS and together it was their vision and hard work that created this team.
Marc Milam – MiSCA Level 3 Coach (pending) - Marc is an ex-professional rider and brings racing experience to this team in multiple discplines - cross country, slalom, downhill and bmx. He has previously coached the Catholic Central High School Mountain Bike Team for 3 years. His daughter is an incoming Freshman at RHS this fall.
Mike Hartrick - MiSCA Level 1 Coach - Mike has been an avid mountain biker since 2012 and rides and races with the KLM/Coldstone Club at various venues throughout Michigan. This is Mike's first year coaching. He looks forward to working with his alma mater's bike team, his daughter Rebecca and nephew Colin. Mike also spends a lot of "bike time" supporting his daughter's racing at the Lexus Velodrome in Detroit and the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (Rochester Hills).
Brady Crites - MiSCA Level 1 Coach - Herr Crites is a German teacher at Rochester High School. Fairly new to the sport of mountain biking, he decided the best way to develop his skills was to jump right in and ride with the students.
Students will also enjoy a series of guest coaches who will bring a variety of teaching styles, skills and ride leadership to our training sessions.
Emily Eckel – Team Captain, MiSCA Ride Leader and RHS Senior - Emily has previously raced mountain bikes in the MISCA series. After a knee injury forced her into some time off of the bike, she decided it was time to return. She is the driving force behind the formation of this Rochester Mountain Bike Team wanting it to be her senior legacy to the school. She will be assisting in organizing and leading the group rides. Emily is our communications liason with the students.
Alexander Reeve - Team Captain and RHS Senior - Alexander brings with him the enthusiasm of leading the team social events. When he is not on his bike, he can be found at the pool or in the theatre.
Mario Prisciandaro - Team Captain and RHS Senior - Mario is assisting with team promotion and recruitment. Other interests include robotics.