Sean Kern - Head Coach

Coach Kern coaches to make young people become responsible people of integrity that can overcome obstacles and excel in every area of their lives.


He has been coaching high school athletes for over ten years. Bringing an extensive knowledge of effective training plan development and technical instruction, he is excited to help athletes discover their potential. Coach Kern also teaches English at Minnetonka High School.


In his free time, he is a competitive Nordic ski racer and rower. He also enjoys camping and hiking with his wife, Kailey, and dog Porter.

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Ed Atwood

Coach Atwood is dedicated to guiding young athletes in discovering their best and fostering a lifelong love for the sport. In addition to coaching for Minnetonka Nordic for the last 8 years, he has been involved in coaching and training young athletes for over 40 years as a member of Professional Ski Instructors of America (PSIA) where he holds a Level III certification. Over the last 18 years, he has been involved in the ski industry as a master boot fitter, product tester, and waxing technician. In addition, he has served on several education staffs responsible for developing training curriculum for young athletes.  


For his professional job, he currently works in corporate training responsible for designing, developing and delivering training to adults.


He is honored to work with such a talented coaching staff and loves helping every member of TNR team achieve their goals and enjoy the sport.

Grant Ryan

Coach Ryan has grown up skiing and graduated from Minnetonka in 2015.  His goal as a coach is to promote healthy competition and make sure everyone has fun before they go fast.


Outside of coaching, he is a freelance graphic artist, and a student working on a graphic design degree.  He has also recently joined the staff at GearWest to assist with advertisement and sales, as well as fitting skis and boots.


This will be his third year as a coach for TNR, and he looks forward to seeing what everyone can do as a team this year.



Erik Paulsen

This is Erik’s first year coaching Nordic Skiing after competing in endurance events for over 25 years. He has enjoyed trail races and mountain bike events in the summer as well as competing in the Birkie every winter since 1997. He started Nordic ski racing in college at the University of Minnesota. Erik is an Arborist for a local tree care company and has trained young climbers in how to work safely in all types of weather.  He lives in Excelsior with his wife Jen, daughter Ella and Trouble, their dog. The main motivator for getting into coaching was to give back to a sport that has given him so much. He believes that the discipline and hard work involved with becoming a great Nordic skier translates to so many things in life and sets up kids with the tools they need to have happy healthy lives. He is excited to help kids of all levels reach their potential with skiing and life.

Tim Reese

Coach Reese has been Nordic ski racing since 1984 competing at Mounds View High School and at Saint Olaf College.  He assistant coached at MMW in 2015-2016 and head coached at St Paul Harding in 1993.  If you have been to Gale Woods, you may also know him as Farmer Tim.  He is dedicated to helping people learn to love the sport of cross country skiing and enjoy being outside in the winter.  As a classic technique specialist, he looks forward to helping TNR skiers learn to kick and glide.  He continues to do the Birkie most years in pursuit of his Birch Leggings.

Bri Paulsen

This is Bri’s second season coaching with TNR and she is so excited to be a part of the team. She strives to help athletes improve and compete while having fun developing a passion for the sport. Bri is currently studying physical therapy at St. Catherine University and working as a Physical Therapist Tech at Twin Cities Orthopedics. She fell in love with Nordic her freshmen year of high school when she first learned how to ski on the Eden Prairie High School team. She also competed at the collegiate level for St. Olaf College and looks forward to skiing for the rest of her life!