Mankato West Robotics

Mark Zenk

​High School Head Coach​

20th Year at Mankato West
8th Season of Robotics 

​​​Coach Zenk was the main advocator to start the Mankato West Robotics program eight years ago. He has been the coach since day one and enjoyed every minute. Coach Zenk has witnessed the program grow from one team of six students in year one to 12 teams with 80 students this season. Coach Zenk's main goal of every season is to promote VEX Robotics to schools and the community all around MN. Coach Zenk also strives to run a quality regional tournament in Mankato every year and helping mentor other Event Partners to run their own tournaments. The goal for all the teams is to compete at a high level and reach the MN state tournament and qualify for the World Championships in Louisville, KY.

Kristen Olinger

High School Assistant Coach

2nd Year at West

2nd Season of Robotics


Coach Olinger is in her second year of coaching Robotics, she does most of her work with the high school teams. She teaches Business Education at Mankato West High School, and wants to help the high schoolers develop good skills like managing tasks and being organized.