Meet Our Staff
OUR STAFF FOR 2017
Sailing School Director
Roger is a US Sailing Level 2 Certified Sailing Instructor and has been a teacher in West Michigan for nearly 30 years. A graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Roger’s educational background includes Health, Recreation, Physical Education, Computers, Marketing and Social Media. Roger’s extensive resume includes his current position as a middle school teacher in Hudsonville Public Schools where he spent 8 years also serving as the School District’s Pool Director and Manager of their Community Swimming Programs. Roger has also coached several sports at the middle school and high school level. In addition to being a teacher, coach and swimming program administrator, Roger has spent several years promoting maritime fun, education and preservation through his web site “Muskegon Lake Effect Boating” (http://lakeeffectboating.weebly.com). Roger’s abundant experience with aquatic education and sports administration – as well as his web marketing expertise and enthusiasm for the Muskegon boating community – are a tremendous asset to the MYC Sailing School.
Head Sailing Instructor
Jonathan is a US Sailing Certified Level 1 Instructor and veteran member of the MYC Sailing School staff. Jonathan graduated in 2016 from Spring Lake High School where he was a 3.95 Honor Roll Student, member of the National Honor Society, President of his Senior Class Council, and was selected as Spring Lake Rotary Student of the Month in December 2015. Jonathan played in the Spring Lake High School Jazz Band where he received the 2016 Woody Herman Senior Award. Jonathan was also a member of the Spring Lake High School Rowing, Swimming and Sailing Teams. In high school sailing, Jonathan helped Spring Lake HS win 1st place out of 9 teams at the Michigan High School 420 State Championship in the Fall of 2014. In the Spring of 2015, Jonathan and his crewmate placed 2nd out of 20 teams in the “A” Fleet at the MISSA High School Midwest District Championships in Pewaukee WI. In the Fall of 2015, Jonathan placed 1st individually at the Cornwell Memorial High School Regatta in Traverse City, and 4th individually at the Michigan State High School Laser Championship. Jonathan currently attends Ferris State University where he is studying Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Sailing School Advisor
A long time member of Muskegon Yacht Club, Scott coordinates the MYC Sailing School Program and advises the Sailing School staff. Scott has been sailing both large and small boats recreationally and competitively for over 30 years and has been passionately involved in youth sailing programs at multiple yacht clubs for more than ten years.
Scott also serves as Race Chairman for the West Michigan Youth Sailing Association, a group of 8 community youth sailing programs that coordinate regional youth sailing activities throughout Southwest Michigan. Scott is a US Sailing Certified Regional Race Officer and, often with his wife assisting, runs or helps to run numerous adult and youth regattas throughout the midwest every year. Scott has served as the Principal Race Officer for multiple Michigan High School State Championship Regattas as well as the 2016 Midwest Qualifier for the Cressy National Youth Championship. Scott is actively engaged with several regional and national sailing associations, is a regular contributing writer for the “OptiNews” the award-winning magazine of the youth-focused US Optimist One Design Sailing Class Association (USODA), and has served multiple times as a Principal Race Officer at the USODA National Championships (one of the largest, annual youth regattas in North America). Scott and his wife have two teenage children who have been sailing competitively since they were 6 years old in Optimists, Butterflies, Lasers and 420s. In addition to numerous small sailboats, the entire Corder family also sails and races their 30 foot sailboat Scooter out of Muskegon Yacht Club.
Scott also leads the Muskegon Yacht Club Junior Advisory Board, a committee of volunteers who are responsible for operating the MYC Sailing School and the MYC Junior Racing Program. In his capacity as chairperson, Scott serves as both the coordinator of the committee as well as its representative to the MYC Board of Directors. Scott also coordinates the Advisory Committee’s efforts with the efforts of the Muskegon Junior Sailing Association, a non-profit 501c3 organization whose charitable mission is to support youth sailing in the Muskegon community. The MJSA actively supports the MYC Sailing School through numerous fund-raising efforts.