We’re proud of our RiderCoaches. These folks are the real heroes of our school, and will make your Total Rider experience one you’ll never forget!
|Jeffrey Alford, Program Manager: I am a native Texan but I have lived all over the world and have been a motorcycle enthusiast all my life. I have over 100,000-lifetime miles, and before getting out of the US Marines in 2013 I became the Battalion Safety Officer, which afforded me the opportunity to become a RiderCoach. I am a lifetime student and will jump at the chance to learn something new. I have completed several advanced street and beginner racing schools in an effort to better not only myself but those I come into contact with. With Total Rider, I have come full circle, from student to RiderCoach and truly enjoy seeing new riders share the passion for motorcycling.|
|Kyle Mason, Assistant Program Manager: After 25 years of living in New Jersey, I had always promised myself I would eventually become a motorcycle rider. So within 1 month of moving to Austin in 2014, I obtained my motorcycle license and bought my first motorcycle. I’ve bought 5 motorcycles since, and my daily ride is a 2015 Honda VFR800 DLX. Riding has become more than just a daily routine; it’s my passion. As a RiderCoach, I want to help build that potential passion for others interested in riding.|
|Chet Roby: I am a native Ohioan, moving to Texas in 1995, thus giving me 11 months of motorcycle riding, versus the 6-months in Ohio. I am a firm believer that motorcycling is a life-long learning experience and therefore choose to ride whenever possible, including to and from work on questionable weather days. My travels have allowed over 100,000 safe miles on both two wheels and three wheels, as I am certified through MSF to teach both two wheels and three wheels. Many basic motorcycle skills are perishable, thus the importance of riding to reinforce these skills, which can become rusty, if not used regularly. My focus in teaching motorcycle safety is exposing students to ways of riding safer by understanding the risk involved in motorcycling and risk taking and developing a strategy in managing risk. Ride safe.|
|Scott Rader: Having “the wind in my face” is a lifestyle I came by honestly & early. An old black and white family photo shows me at a few years of age, holding on to the tank chrome, seated in front of my father on his Triumph. After a childhood of riding friend’s minibikes and go-carts, I bought a Honda CB350 – a friend rode it home for me. I had 2 short weeks to learn to ride it and take the PA motorcycle license test. The following morning, I rode my only transportation 14 hours across 6 state lines to start my second year of college. That was all it took. I have since owned numerous motorcycles, and enjoyed commuting, cruising, and touring the US and Mexico. Early in 2016 a sponsor dealership was looking for new coaches, something I had considered for many years – it took little time to get on board. I am a life-long learner and teacher at heart. I thoroughly enjoy every time a new rider has an “ah-ha” moment – whether it be a “safety-mindset” or an “improved-skillset”. Ride safe.|
|Choon Gan: I live in South Austin, but am originally from Singapore. I came to Austin for college and just fell in love with the city. Motorcycles fired my imagination early in my childhood when I used to pour over my father’s old photo album every so often studying the pictures of him astride his Norton. By then, my dad had long given up riding, so the only way for me to get my motorcycling fix was to beg my uncle for rides on his Honda Cub whenever he came to visit. I’ve now been riding bikes for over 35 years and been a RiderCoach for over 20. It has been and continues to be a pleasure to help folks learn to ride and to see them on their way to becoming better, safer riders.|
|Amanda Stark: I have always had a passion for riding and currently own a 2010 Harley Davidson Dyna Wide Glide. In the few years I have been riding, I have ridden to Mexico, Louisiana, all over Texas and currently riding as my daily commute. Shortly after I started riding I found myself mentoring other riders, so I decided to make it official and became a rider coach. Riding motorcycles has been the most exciting and rewarding experience and I want to share it with everyone I can.|
|Glen Pugh: I am originally from Van, Texas and currently serve in the Air Force at Dyess AFB in Abilene. I have been riding steadily since 1999 and have just under 100,000-lifetime miles in the saddle. I started teaching for the MSF in 2001 at Sheppard AFB, Tx in Wichita Falls and have taught in multiple locations since then. I have owned a 99 Yamaha V-Star Classic 650, 98 Honda Shadow Spirit 1100, ’01 Suzuki Intruder 1500a and I currently own an ’03 HD Road King Classic as well as a ’15 KTM 1290 Super Adventure. I became a Rider Coach to help others enjoy motorcycling and to keep my skill sharp as well.|
|Tim Shea: I’m originally from upstate New York, a Desert Storm War Vet, have ridden motorcycles in 17 countries, and most of the U.S.A. While the old school Harleys are my favorites to ride, I’ll ride anything with two or three wheels. In 2007, I became an MSF Rider Coach for various courses including the BRC, the ERC, ARC, 3-Wheeler, and SMART Trainers. In addition, I helped maintain the certifications of the NY State Motorcycle Police Force. Coaching allows me to give back to the motorcycle community and it reinforces my basic rider skills, reminding me that safety and risk management is key to enjoying a healthy motorcycle experience. Riding is my passion; there isn’t much that a tank of gas and a long ride won’t fix.|
|Arsenio DeLara: I was born & raised in El Paso, TX. My riding experience began when I was in middle school, riding my friend’s dirt bike – without my parents knowing, of course. I found myself having to explain quite a few scrapes, bumps & bruises. I joined the Marine Corps at 18 & never looked back. I experienced an awesome, but very challenging & extremely rewarding career, filled with many opportunities. I visited & rode motorcycles in many different countries; with many different riders. Riding with locals, I learned a myriad of techniques & riding etiquette that helped me become a much better, well-rounded rider. I became a MSF Instructor in 2007 because of my passion for safe motorcycle riding & as my way of giving back to fellow Marines & service members, doing my part as a leader, ensuring each rider is trained & taught how to properly / safely operate a motorcycle, so he/she may have an enjoyable experience as a rider. Since then, as a retired Marine, I have been blessed to continue giving back, off base now, sharing my motorcycle safety education & experience with soon-to-be riders of my community – so they too can become safe / vigilant motorcyclists; embarking on long & enjoyable riding experiences. I look forward to learning from & with each one of you. Keep the shiny side up & the rubber side down!
|Gene Prentice: I have been riding for 23 years and have have been an MSF Rider Coach since August 2016. In addition to having coached the Basic Rider Course, BRC2, Advanced Riders Course and the Military Sport Bike Riders Course, I was the motorcycle mentor for over 250 motorcyclists at Brooke Army Medical Center. Volunteering for safety presentations at Joint Base San Antonio in a multitude of areas and planning rides are all ways I enjoy giving back to the motorcycling community.|
|Kenan Rappuchi: I grew up in Northern Virginia where I started riding mini-bikes at 9 years old. My first ride on a ‘real’ motorcycle was a neighbor’s 1973 Honda SL70, on which I learned the hard way to straighten the handlebars before applying the front brake. After serving as a Seabee in the US Navy, my profession moved me to Boston and then Northern California where I became a licensed competitive motorcycle roadracer in 1997. During my 9-year racing career I met and raced with several top professionals at some of the best racetracks in the country. I also mentored aspiring new racers for licensing qualification and advanced street riders during track days. I moved to Round Rock in 2006 and continued instructing for several track day organizations, and also worked as a Tech Inspector for the July, 2011 US MotoGP round at Laguna Seca. I became an MSF Rider Coach in November 2017 and now enjoy casual riding on my 2017 Street Glide Special, as well as helping new riders become knowledgeable, safe riders and lifelong learners.|
|Bill De Sola: I have been riding motorcycles since high school. I use my bikes as primary transportation and for pleasure. I’ve toured practically the entire United States, out on the road for 2 to 3 weeks at a time. My most recent trip was last July, crisscrossing the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Canadian border and back. I have some dirt bike experience having ridden motocross and desert riding for a couple of years while stationed in New Mexico. I am from many places, having been a military brat and serving in the U.S. Air Force.|
|Jason Deane: I am always thinking about motorcycles. I wake up thinking about motorcycles. I go to sleep thinking about motorcycles. I stare off in business meetings thinking about motorcycles. You may be thinking to yourself “hey Jason, that sounds like an obsession!” to which I would reply “what does that have to do with motorcycles?” Much discussion with my parents over the years points to a singular genesis of my obsession- Top Gun. I was born shortly after the film came out and my father would watch it over and over again between diary entries of Jean Luc Picard and future Detroit beat cop Murphy “thanking” criminals for their cooperation. That GPz900R and all of that Miami Sound Machine action had me hooked as a child. I eventually took my first step into two wheeled waters with an old Honda Shadow set with straight pipes. I heard that WW2 warbird roar of the single pin crank engine beneath me and knew I was in trouble. Fast forward to today and I have had many motorcycles of varying types, colors, and sizes while participating in advanced riding courses, clubs, and group rides. I am very excited to bring my love and joy of motorcycling to a new generation of riders so they can share in the world so near and dear to me as safely as possible.|
|William Go: I am originally from Pennsylvania and retired to New Braunfels, TX after a career in the Marine Corps and some time as a government contractor. I’ve been riding motorcycles since 1980 and have used a bike as my main mode of transportation for the last 20 years. I enjoy all types of motorcycles and have toured, road raced and ridden off road. I am currently riding a collection of BMWs and a Harley Davidson Road King. I’ve been a RiderCoach since 2007 and enjoy helping people get into motorcycling safely.|
|Jason Morris: I’ve been riding since the early eighties starting with a minibike on a dirt road in the country to cruisers and sports bikes before finding my passion in distance riding. Nothing makes me forget my worries like putting a few thousand miles on my bike while wandering around the Continental Divide. By the start of 2020 I had visited 22 states, and with every state my bucket list gets longer. Becoming a RiderCoach is one way I can give back to the community that has fueled my dreams and adventures for most of my life. I consider myself a perpetual student—always striving to be better, safer, and smarter on two wheels or off — and sharing that with others through the MSF Curriculum is in itself a milestone for me, and something I look forward to continuing for a long time.|
|Sue Williams: I am originally from the Philadelphia area, but lived in Maryland for 24 years before I decided I could no longer deal with the cold or snow. In 2013 I came down to interview with Total Rider for an instructor position while it was 7 degrees and snowing in Maryland. When I arrived in Texas, it was 72 degrees and sunny. I remember sitting outside Lakeline Mall and calling my supervisor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and giving her my notice. I started riding when I was 12 years old on mini bikes. My first bike was a 125 Yamaha Enduro that I got when I was 14 years old. I received my license in PA when I was 15 years old and have never stopped riding – it’s therapy for me in so many ways. I started as an Instructor in 2000 and have loved teaching ever since. I love the idea of responsible folks riding the same streets/highways that I ride, and if I can instill some education and knowledge to keep them safe then it’s all worth it.