About Tarpon Coast Composite

Our Team

Tarpon Coast Composite is open to all students in grades 6-12 in the SW Florida geographic region.  We are a "composite" team, meaning we welcome students from the area.  We are not exclusive to one school or district.  

The Tarpon Coast Composite Team embarked on it's first official season during the 2020-2021 Florida Spring League Season.   We are excited for the upcoming 2022-23 season!

Our first and foremost responsibility is to provide a safe experience for the participants.  To do this, we will strictly follow the NICA policy of 2 coaches for every 8 athletes. NICA coaches are licensed through the NICA coach licensing program and receive a background check and training.  

Our team is founded by Julie Lang and her husband, Ian Lang.  They have a 15 year old son who will be participating on the team.  A recent relocation to Florida sparked the interest in starting this team, as the Lang family was heavily involved in a Large NICA Team and Association in Wisconsin prior to their move.  

The team is lead by volunteer Head Coach, Melissa Parramore.  Melissa is a Level 3 NICA coach, Ninja MTB Coach, and PMBIA MTB coach.  She has a passion for teaching kids confidence and skills on the trail.  She assisted by Asst. Head coach, Greg Parramore and a volunteer group of licensed NICA coaches.

Tarpon Coast Composite is working closely with area cycling organizations to grow and develop the team, and the volunteer coaching staff.

We strongly believe in coming alongside kids to encourage them in a sport where no one sits the bench, connect with the outdoors, develop healthy lifelong habits, and build a community around the idea of mountain biking and youth development going hand in hand.

We can't wait to see you on the trail! 

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We are a NICA Team

NICA, National Interscholastic Cycling Association is our governing organization.  We believe in "getting more kids on bikes" to empower youth development and encourage healthy lifestyles while upholding the core Mission, Vision and Values of NICA.

NICA Mission

 

We build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling.

NICA Vision

Every youth is empowered to be part of a thriving and engaged cycling community.

NICA Values

  • Fun: NICA inspires friendship, joy, and adventure.

  • Inclusivity: NICA believes everyone should be able to participate in our programs and feel welcomed, respected and supported.

  • Equity: NICA is committed to fair treatment, equal access, opportunity, advancement and elimination of barriers to encourage participation for all.

  • Respect: NICA expects consideration for all others, oneself, and the outdoors.

  • Community: NICA unites diverse people, families and communities through cycling by creating fun and welcoming experiences.

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