Our Mentors & Coaches
Jeff Brink - Coach
Jeff Brink is the head coach of Steel Ridge Robotics and a physics teacher at RHS. He graduated from Western Washington University in 1991 and recieved his master's degree in 1998. Outside of teaching, Brink has a passion for design and building. He has remodeled several homes in Ridgefield, and built two others before he became a teacher. Brink works with all sub-teams and assists in keeping everyone on track.
Steve Rinard - Assistant Coach
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. Rinard has taught Mathematics and recently began teaching Introduction to Engineering and Design and Computer Science Principles. Rinard currently work with the Programming Team and the Event Drive Team.
Jarod Hicks - Assistant Coach
Stephanie Horn - Assistant Coach
Stephanie Horn Graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Washington State University in 2015. She has been teaching at Ridgefield High School since 2017. Horn teaches mathematics and has a big passion for getting others to be passionate about Math and Science. Mrs. Horn is a huge asset to the team and helps us stay organized as well as helping with website design. She also manages a lot of our budget and the Marketing Sub-Team.
Jarod Hicks is a chemistry teacher at Ridgefield High School and started teaching here since 2018. Mr. Hicks joined the team in 2019 and is very excited to help wherever he can for future Robotics Seasons.
Chad Stryker - Mentor
Mr. Stryker is a professional Electrical Hardware Engineer at Tektronix Inc. in Beaverton, Oregon. He designs and tests printed circuit assemblies and develops circuitry for electronic test equipment. Stryker has helped Steel Ridge immensely over his five years with the team, mentoring the Controls Sub-Team.