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Our Coaches & Mentors

Head Coach

Jeff Brink, a Physics and Chemistry at Ridgefield High School, has 27 years of teaching and coaching experience. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1991 and received his master’s degree in 1998. Outside of teaching Jeff has a passion for design and building. He has remodeled several homes in Ridgefield and built two others before he became a teacher. Jeff will be working with the Mechanicals Team and the Business Team.

Assistant Coaches

Steve Rinard, Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Washington State University in 2007. He has been teaching at Ridgefield HS since 2008. Steve has taught mathematics and recently began teaching Introduction to Engineering and Design and Computer Science Principles. Steve will be working with the Programming Team and the Event Drive Team.

Chris Shipp is the new woods and metal CTE teacher at Ridgefield High School. He brings many years of design and fabrication experience to the team. His design projects include jet engine parts for Boeing, fire sprinkler systems, and commercial/residential design. For the past few years Chris has been building and running computer controlled fabrication machines. Chris will be working with the Drive System Team.

Mentors

Controls Team:

Chad Stryker is an electrical hardware engineer who designs and tests printed circuit assemblies.  He is currently employed by Tektronix Inc. in Beaverton, OR to develop circuitry for electronic test equipment.  During his career, Chad has also designed and developed electronics for notebook computers, commercial printers and motorcycle dashboards.  Chad has been part of the Ridgefield community since 2002.

Rich Recker works for Autodesk, Inc. as a project manager. He has an extensive background in operational process development, requirements gathering, and systems implementations. Rich has more than 15 years of experience in technology project implementations including internal systems deployments and customer facing software implementations. He is a certified Project Management Practitioner (PMP) by the Project Management Institute.

 

Mechanicals Team:

Kris Holter is a machinist/fabricator who manufacturers parts from engineered prints.  He is currently working for Applied Motion Systems in Vancouver, WA. The company designs machinery for manufacturing companies such as Georgia Pacific, Leatherman Tool and Boeing. He has been a machinist for over 25 years, working for other companies such as Columbia Machine and Paul Schurman Machine.

 

Programing Team:

Rob Costa is a Systems Analyst on a web/software development team at Fidelity National Financial. The team develops/supports the company’s CRM software. Rob analyses code and logic for new software features/products as well as for troubleshooting bugs. He also performs online code repository maintenance and code compiling/deployment. Rob has a degree in Computer Networking, as well as schooling in Electrical Engineering.