Coaches and Mentors

Matt Bednarski, FRC FTC Head Coach

Matt started mentoring FRC #503 in 2006. He coached FLL team #2788 in Hartland in 2008, FLL #317 in 2009, FLL #158 in 2010.He founded FRC #3536 in 2010 and brought team to 3 Rookie All-Star awards and World Championship that year. Matt founded FTC #5290 in 2011 and FTC #5957 in 2012.


Mike Cortichiato, FTC/FRC Mentor

Mike’s first experience with FIRST was when he started mentoring FTC in 2012. He’s assisted with both the FTC and FRC teams since then as well as helping with FLL in 2013 and 2014. He helps most with the mechanical build as well as electrical. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin, as has worked at GM for 25 years now. He enjoys teaching the kids about physics and engineering, and helping them see their ideas come to life.

Ed Wynne, FTC/FRC Mentor

Ed joined the team as a parent and mentor in 2012. Despite never having been exposed to FIRST as a youngling, he has always looked up to people like Dean Kamen and Elon Musk, who view technology as a way to make the world a better place. He has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan, which has enabled a diverse career spanning audio, graphics, storage, kernels, virtual machines and now robotics! When not explaining some arcane bit of engineering lore, he can often be found sipping coffee and mumbling signature phases like “Well, that didn’t work.”

Dan Pindzia, FTC/FRC Mentor

Dan Pindzia began mentoring the FTC Teams in 2012, since then he has helped out a lot with the mechanical build of the FRC robots.