Our coaches love biking and are great with kids. Several are certified by PMBIA (Professional Mountain Bike Instructors Association) or IMBA (International Mountain Bicycling Association) and many have experience coaching other sports. All BYC Youth Program coaches participate in pre-season training focused on skills instruction and group management and attend (at minimum) a first aid course.  Additionally, BYC’s partnerships with the Gallatin Valley Land Trust and APRS Physical Therapy have provided opportunities for our coaches to receive additional education in trail etiquette and concussion management. Our coaches all complete SafeSport training through USA Cycling.

Please email us directly if you are interested in coaching for Bozeman Youth Cycling’s Youth Program and/or the BozeNICA Team as we’re looking for dynamic, energized coaches to ride with the kids!

Youth Program Manager

Jessie Kay
PMBIA Level I Certification, Grit Clinics Coach

Originally from Minnesota, Jessie’s earliest memories of mountain biking consist of clipping into her mom’s 1999 Specialized Stumpjumper and struggling to keep up with her speedy, spandex-clad friends. Now in Montana, Jessie is passionate about building community around bikes. A PMBIA Level I mountain bike skills instructor and a local ambassador for Juliana Bicycles, Jessie is always seeking opportunities to ride with new friends and foster a playful and inclusive culture of mountain biking. Her most recent bike-related endeavors include seeing how many donuts she can down at local cyclocross races, goofing off at the pump track with the neighborhood kids, getting lost in Montana’s vast back-country trails, and instructing others in mountain bike skills clinics. 


IMG_3820Kevin Fitzgerald
PMBIA Level I Certification

I recently graduated from Montana State University in Earth Science. While studying, I worked as the Outdoor Recreation Program Bike/Ski Shop Manager. Spending large amounts of time instructing students of MSU on mechanic basics for their commuter, road, and mountain bikes I began to realize I loved instructing. Since, I have been a Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF) Youth Ski League Nordic coach as well as an assistant coach for the BSF Development team over the summer and fall seasons.  I have not spent much time racing, but I love my time in the saddle and think everyone should get to experience the fun and excitement of mountain biking with a smile on.  I’m excited to begin to explore more of the world by bike and hope to encourage kids to do the same!

NICA Team Head Coach

Heidi Makoutz, Head Coach
NICA Level 3 Coach Certification

Heidi has been leading teams for over 20 years with her contagious energy and enthusiasm. She has coached athletes in running, Nordic ski racing and, most recently, mountain biking.

As a student-athlete at St. Lawrence University, she ran cross country and track and skied on its Division I Nordic team. She went on to earn her masters in education and then taught health science and coached cross country and track at the high school level for 5 years.

In 2008, Heidi moved to Bozeman and began coaching Nordic skiing for Bridger Ski Foundation. She coached the development team age groups (8-12 year olds) for 6 years and has been the coach of the adult/masters programs for the last 6 years. During this time, she also worked for the non-profit Thrive and helped bring the nationally renowned Girls on the Run program to Bozeman, recruiting and training coaches and leading the program at four local elementary schools.

In the last 5 years Heidi has become hooked on two-wheeled adventures thanks to inspiration from her family (husband Scott and three young rippers – Clara, Frances and Juniper). She loves being on a team and challenging herself, so competing in cyclocross for the Rockford Owenhouse team the last three years has really driven her passion to be a bigger part of such an exceptional cycling community.

She is honored to be a part of bringing NICA to Bozeman student-athletes and seeing them find their best selves while riding together.

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