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945 W Broadway, PO Box 1205
Jackson, WY, 83001

3073630044

To provide all with the opportunity to safely enjoy the waterways of the greater Yellowstone area through youth programs, competitive events, conservation and education.

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Coaches

With over 20 years of combined experience coaching for the Jackson Hole Kayak Club, these whitewater professionals know how to teach paddling in a way that focuses on fun, safety, and will keep paddlers engaged in the sport for years to come.

Rainer Kenney- Executive Director

     Rainer took over as the Executive Director in 2016 after coaching full time for the club for three seasons. Born in Vermont, Rainer's paddling career began as a freshman at Bowdoin College in Maine. He was instantly hooked his first time in a boat, and spent the next four years of college learning to paddle as well as instruct. Besides paddling, Rainer majored in biology and environmental studies and raced for Bowdoin's Nordic Ski team before graduating in 2013. Following graduation, Rainer moved to Jackson to work for JHKC as a summer gig, and never left. When he's not on the river, he can be found coaching Jackson Hole High School's nordic team.

     Rainer took over as the Executive Director in 2016 after coaching full time for the club for three seasons. Born in Vermont, Rainer's paddling career began as a freshman at Bowdoin College in Maine. He was instantly hooked his first time in a boat, and spent the next four years of college learning to paddle as well as instruct. Besides paddling, Rainer majored in biology and environmental studies and raced for Bowdoin's Nordic Ski team before graduating in 2013. Following graduation, Rainer moved to Jackson to work for JHKC as a summer gig, and never left. When he's not on the river, he can be found coaching Jackson Hole High School's nordic team.

Massey  Zieman

     Massey joins us from Mobile, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a major in Economics. Like most of the JHKC coaches, he chose to put his degree on hold and follow his passion. He began paddling whitewater canooes at age 20, before switching over to kayaks and instructing both at summer camps in the south east. Since moving to Jackson in 2010, he has taught six seasons of kayaking, working for the JHKC for four of them. To help provide for his puppy Gryff, Massey can be found working at Snake River Brewing following a day of playing on the water. Massey also finds time to mountain bike, backcountry ski, backpack, hunt, fish, and take advantage of everything the valley has to offer.

     Massey joins us from Mobile, Alabama. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia with a major in Economics. Like most of the JHKC coaches, he chose to put his degree on hold and follow his passion. He began paddling whitewater canooes at age 20, before switching over to kayaks and instructing both at summer camps in the south east. Since moving to Jackson in 2010, he has taught six seasons of kayaking, working for the JHKC for four of them. To help provide for his puppy Gryff, Massey can be found working at Snake River Brewing following a day of playing on the water. Massey also finds time to mountain bike, backcountry ski, backpack, hunt, fish, and take advantage of everything the valley has to offer.

Eric Markow

Eric is from Toland, Connecticut, and grew up spending his summers on Lake George, where he perfected his flatwater kayaking moves. After graduating from the University of Connecticut with a degree in health sciences, Eric moved to Yellowstone where he fell in love with the West. Eric began working for the JHKC in the summer of 2013, and has been coaching every program since. Eric can be found working a variety of jobs in the valley, maintaining his zen at the yoga studio, and driving his van wherever his journey takes him.

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Emily Coleman moved to Jackson in the spring of 2016 where she quickly joined up with the JHKC. She is a graduate of Green Mountain College in Vermont, where she learned how to kayak. She has enjoyed improving her kayaking and teaching skills, while providing an awesome inspiration and role model for the many young women in the JHKC. When Emily's not on the water, she can be found skiing or showing off her musical talents at a local mic night in Jackson.

Reed Hutton is a Victor, ID native and JHKC alumni. Reed began paddling with the club at age 8 and rapidly progressed to running class V rapids and representing the USA at the World Wildwater Championships in 2014. Reed is currently enrolled at Middlebury College in Vermont. We are lucky to get Reed during the summers to help coach, where he is a huge hit among the young paddlers in the club. 

Stephen Ligtenberg

Stephen grew up in North Carolina, a boaters paradise, although he didn't discover the sport until attending Bowdoin College in Maine. Rainer was actually one of Stephen's first coaches, where they paddled across New England together. After getting a degree in Mathematics, Stephen fully embraced the river gypsy lifestyle, and has set out on an epic journey that has lasted the past 2 years. Stephen has paddled the Grand Canyon, rivers of the North East, South East, and South West United States, Europe, yet me makes Jackson his stop for the summer to coach for the JHKC. Stephen can be found on the river every day, where he tries hard every day to have just as much fun as the kids.