Jerry Schemmel

Jerry Schemmel


Jerry Schemmel is an American sportscaster, currently employed as a radio announcer for Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. He was formerly the play-by-play announcer for the NBA's Denver Nuggets, calling their games from 1992 to 2010, until being hired as the full-time voice of the Rockies in January 2010. Prior to that, he was a play by play announcer for the Minnesota Timberwolves. He was the radio voice of Colorado State athletics during the 2009-2010 season and has been a fill-in broadcaster for the Rams each year since.

Schemmel is also a survivor of the crash-landing of United Airlines Flight 232 on July 19, 1989. After escaping the plane, he returned to the wreckage to rescue an 11-month-old baby. His book, “Chosen to Live” describes the experience.

In June 2015, Schemmel competed in the Race Across America, a 3,000-mile bicycle race from Oceanside, California, to Annapolis, Maryland, as part of a two-person relay team. He and Brad Cooper won the two-person relay division, finishing in seven days, 14 hours. In 2016, he was a member of a four-person relay that set a record for the "Colorado Crossing," a 468-mile cycling race from the Utah/Colorado border to the Kansas/Colorado border. In 2017, he set the solo age group record in the same event, finishing in 33 hours, three minutes, just 54 minutes from the all-time speed record for the event, set in 1992. Schemmel has also completed nine triathlons and three marathons.

Schemmel is a 1982 graduate of Washburn University; he earned a law degree from the same school in 1985. He played baseball at Washburn and coached there for three years. He spent a year with the Continental Basketball Association, serving as both Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner.

Brad Cooper

Brad Cooper


Brad Cooper is CEO of US Corporate Wellness, the Co-Founder of Catalyst Coaching Institute and the inventor of Aerobar Edge triathlon training device, which will be utilized at RAAM. He is the author of 4 books, has been a national columnist for the APTA since 2000 & a frequent speaker at conferences nationally. Brad is a native of Colorado and completed his undergraduate work at Colorado State University. He holds Masters Degrees in Physical Therapy from Washington University School of Medicine and in Business from the University of Colorado, as well as multiple certifications. Brad is an eleven-time Ironman Triathlon finisher, including four times at the Hawaii Ironman World Championship. He is a consistent USA Triathlon All-American and one of the top masters runners in the region. Brad is Dad to three children - Ashley, Danielle and Joshua and the husband to Suzanna for the past 24 years. (905 ch)



There is a dense book of rules, regulations, and guidelines that must be strictly adhered to participate in The Race Across America. Any failure to meet these rigorous requirements puts the racer in unsafe conditions and means disqualification or penalties. Penalties are applied via added time to the racers official finish time. The roadside team was responsible for making sure the bikes and follow vehicles are in perfect condition and meet all requirements for the race before the RAAM Inspectors evaluate all equipment for race feasibility and approval to ride.

The roadside team that rode tirelessly along side Jerry Schemmel and Brad Cooper from the race onset to finish line was comprised of the following members and their unique roles.

Road Team

Clay Pahlau | Crew Chief & Driver
Littleton, CO

Coordinated pre-race planning & RAAM logistics, organized crew during race. Works in TV Sports Production at AT&T SportsNet

Brian Davis | Asst. Crew Chief & Chief Navigator
Redding, CA

Heavily involved with Clay in pre-planning managing team. Is a Physicians Assistant and served as our key medical person on this race

Maggie Schemmel DeRose | Navigator & Medical
Centennial, CO

She is daughter of Jerry Schemmel &, with Clay, covered the challenging longer night shifts; a major support for her dad emotionally, spiritually, physically.

Don Sims | Driver
Lakewood, CO

Is a long-time friend of Brad Cooper. Is himself an Ultra Endurance Athlete and new the needs and mental conditions of what our racers were going thru

Ashley Cooper | Driver
Greeley, CO

Oldest daughter of Brad Cooper & was a calming & motivation voice for him throughout the race; Elementary school teacher

Danielle Cooper | Navigator
Littleton, CO

Younger daughter of Brad & had major navigation skills to keep our racers on right roads through many race route changes because of bad weather; College student at CU

Road Team

Josh Cooper | Navigator
Littleton, CO

Son of Brad & was our overall utility crew member fixing racer food, special nutrition prep for Brad, Navigational wizard; College student at CSU

Steve Joiner | Driver & Team Servant
Redding, CA

Steve was a driver and total servant for all team needs & helped keep us penalty free for entire race. He is an Officer for California Highway Patrol & former military helicopter pilot

Matt Fuller | Navigator
Greeley, CO

One of the team navigators with serious mapping and ETA skills which was so crucial to know exchange points for racers & vehicles; Elementary school teacher

Ken Osterberg | RV Driver & Navigator
Fort Collins, CO

Ken was referred to as “RV Dad/Host” & also drove the RV TO the Cali start line and BACK to CO (6K miles!); HS Soccer Coach

Jerome Haas | RV Driver, Navigator, Bike Mechanic
Fort Collins, CO

Jerome not only kept the racer equipment in top shape over 3K miles, but also kept an issue-laden RV running for 7 days; HS Coach & Teacher

Matt Smith | Driver & Race Expert
Denver, CO

Matt is a World Class TriAthlete and was invaluable resource thru prep & race; Triathlon & Multisport Coach and Trainer


Martin Butler

Martin Butler: Director, Producer, Executive Producer

Martin has over 30 years as a Producer/Director with hundreds of media projects including TV commercials, corporate communications and non-profits. He is the owner of VisionWest Media, a Denver based film production company. Martin has also founded The Word Out Media Foundation, a faith based 501c3 media think tank.

Brian Bird

Brian Bird: Executive Producer

Brian is a 30-year veteran of the Hollywood film and television business with writing and producing credits that include the 2017 feature film, “The Case for Christ,” Paramount’s "Captive" (2015), "The Ultimate Life" (2013) for 20th Century Fox, and Sony’s “Not Easily Broken” (2009). Additionally, he serves as executive producer and head writer of the wildly successful Hallmark original series, "When Calls the Heart," (2013-present), and was Co-Executive producer and senior writer for five seasons on the hit CBS series, “Touched By An Angel.”

Scott Pomeroy

Scott Pomeroy: Executive Producer

Scott has nearly 30 years of business experience in multiple industries serving as the CEO or CFO for a number of Private Equity backed portfolio companies. In working with Private Equity, Scott has led or assisted in the raising of over $1.5 billion in equity capital and over $10 billion in various debt financings. Most recently Scott founded a health care services company that he sold to a Private Equity group in 2017 and has stayed on to lead the new Company’s strategic initiatives and business development efforts.

Tad Jones

Tad Jones: Executive Producer

Tad, along with his wife Monica, own and operate an oil field services business based in Colorado that serves Oil and Gas Companies through the United States. In addition to his business interests, Tad serves on two not-for-profit boards – the National Christian Foundation – Colorado, an organization that works with its members to creatively give charitably through vehicles like Donor Directed Funds; and Engineering Ministries International.