Management Team

Katherine Williams, League Director

Katherine Williams became a coach for the NorCal League while living in the Bay Area. In 2010, she moved to her husband’s home state of Tennessee so he could open a bike shop, but they didn’t want to leave the NICA way behind. “Bicycling has enriched my life beyond belief and continues to open windows of opportunity. We are thrilled to develop this program for student-athletes in Tennessee”.
Katherine grew up running in San Antonio, Texas. She was an NCAA All-American cross country and track runner at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she earned a B.A. in English and Masters in Kinesiology. Until 2016, Katherine organized running and triathlon events as a race director for Start2Finish Event Management. She recently started a family, with her new focus on motherhood – and getting more kids on bikes! She is also a category 1 bike racer for the local team – Team Belladium. 

Speed Baranco, Founding Advisory Board President

Speed Baranco has been a life-long biking fanatic since his young paperboy days. Speed has taught mountain biking, grades 7 – 12 at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School and currently coaches the SAS mountain bike team. Speed formed a Tennessee high school mountain bike racing league in 2003 and ran it under NORBA sanctioning until the 2008 season. Speed has always been a self-employed entrepreneur and leader. Speed founded and ran a forestry consulting firm and later a real estate brokerage company in Sewanee. Currently, he runs Real Estate Marketing, LLC. He has served as Scoutmaster of his local Boy Scout troop for nine year and has lead youth in many high adventure outings. He attended the 2012 Colorado Leaders Summit and became Head Coach trained while experiencing the comprehensive NICA program at work. He shares the NICA vision and the benefits of the mountain bike racing program for our youth. Speed is excited to share his knowledge and experience with the team. 

Cali Ewing, Treasure

Cali Ewing is an Internal Audit Manager for the publicly traded Tractor Supply Company. She has 10 years of experience in accounting. Cali was a swimmer at her high school in Urbandale, Iowa and a Division 1 Women’s Rower in College. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Iowa. Cali did a little mountain biking in grad school and in 2004 bought a road bike and loved it from the first ride. She is currently a Category 3 road racer on Team Belladium. Cali attributes her experiences as an athlete as key drivers in her development as a professional accountant. She wants to give back to her community and provide high school students opportunities for success.

Josh Lewis, Operations Manager

Josh Lewis is an Information Security Engineer for the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Josh is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Management Information Systems and a Master of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in Finance. He also received the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout award in 1997. He has served in leadership positions on the ISACA and Tennessee Bicycle Racing Association (TBRA) boards. He is a Category 1 mountain bike racer and Category 2 road bike racer and was the 2012 Category 1 19-29 TBRA State Champion. He has a passion for cycling and is excited to play a part in bringing mountain biking to the youth of Tennessee and watching them grow through the sport of cycling.

Jay Williams, NICA Skills Coach and Chief Course Setter

Jay’s love for tinkering and wheels landed him a job at his local bike shop when he was 16 years old.  His own competitiveness in cycling and triathlon directed him into a Master’s Degree in exercise physiology at the University of Texas.  During that time Jay was invited to work with USA Triathlon as one of the World Cup bicycle mechanics. He continues to travel around the world as the USA Triathlon and Duathlon mechanic, meeting some of the worlds best endurance athletes.Upon graduation, Jay opened and managed a triathlon store in San Antonio, Texas. Then moved to California to work for Specialized Bicycle Company. Today he owns and operates, RB’s Cyclery in Franklin, TN.