RiderCoach® Instructors are the backbone of the MSF RiderCourse® training system. All RiderCoach (instructors) must complete an intensive Instructor Preparation Course prior to becoming an MSF Basic RiderCourse® Certified Instructor. Only nationally certified MSF RiderCoach Instructors teach courses at Motorcycle Training of Florida, Inc., providing training in Jacksonville, Green Cove Springs, and Lake City, Florida. We ask you to take a moment and meet the instructors of the Motorcycle Training of Florida, Inc., through their biographies.
LARRY E. SMITH
Larry was in Law Enforcement for over 32 years and was assigned to the Florida Highway Patrol MotorSquad in Jacksonville. He joined the MotorSquad in 1987 and retired in November 2012. Larry started in Miami and then moved to Jacksonville in 1989. He was also a Police Motorcycle Instructor for the State of Florida, being certified through IPTM in 1990. He is the former owner/operator of Florida Motorcycle Training Inc., starting the company in 1995 and successfully operated it until 2003. Missing his enjoyment for teaching and motorcycles he established Motorcycle Training of Florida, Inc. in 2006. Larry has also been a Nationally Certified RiderCoach (Instructor) with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) since 1995.
JEROD S. WILCOX
Jerod has served in the U.S. Navy for 19 years. Originally from Wyoming, he started his naval career in Virginia Beach, VA. and then transferred to Camp Pendelton, CA. After 3 years in California, the Navy moved him and his family to Naval Station Mayport in 1999 and then transferred again to NAS (Naval Air Station) Jacksonville. He is currently stationed at HS-7 (Dusty Dogs). He has been riding for more than 12 years. His love for riding led him to become Nationally Certified as a RiderCoach (Instructor) with the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Jerod is looking forward to training you for a safe and enjoyable motorcycle experience.
Roger served over 31 years with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office in various positions including 12 years with S.W.A.T., A Supervisor in the Traffic Division over the Drug Interdiction Unit and the DUI Unit. Roger has taught for the Institute of Police Technology & Management at UNF for over 12 years. In 1998 he started with the MSF curriculum. Roger currently holds certification including: MSF, Harley-Davidson Riders Edge, Police Motor Officer Instructor, GWRRA Trike School, Lee Park's Total Control and the Florida Rider Training Program. On a personal note he has been riding for 40+ years, enjoys riding the Blue Ridge Parkway in the Smokey mountains, out West, & Canada. He currently rides a Harley-Davidson Road Glide for pleasure & a Suzuki TL1000 on the track.
Darren serves his community as a Jacksonville Sheriffs Office Motorcycle Squad instructor and rides with the JSO Motor Detail. He is certified as a Police Motor Officer Skills Instructor and a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach. He has been with Motorcycle Training of Florida, Inc. as one of our premier instructors, teaching and coaching students to be safe and skilled motorcycle riders. His dedication and riding experience is truly an asset to the program and we are fortunate to count Darren among our elite ridercoaches.
CHARLES "RUSTY" BLACKSTONRusty is a veteran of 30 years service with the U.S. Navy. As a Naval Aircrewman for more than 22 of those 30 years, his primary job was to fly and teach others to fly as a Flight Engineer aboard patrol and reconnaissance aircraft. He is a graduate of the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy and has a B.S. in Liberal Arts. Rusty has been riding motorcycles since he bought his first at age 13. He is a skilled motorcyclist on road as well as off road. As a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) RiderCoach, he is eager to assist you in becoming a skilled and proficient motorcyclist..
currently serves the citizens as a Lieutenant of the Clay County Sheriff’s
Office Special Operations Traffic Section/Motor Unit, riding and supervising
motor details. Ron’s experience includes Patrol Operations as a Watch Commander
and Investigations Lieutenant, Financial Crimes Section. Ron is our most recent
member to join the team of Motorcycle Training of Florida, Inc. Ron rides for
pleasure and frequently travels to North Georgia, North Carolina and Tennessee
to ride. Ron takes motorcycle safety seriously and wishes every rider to enjoy
the ride safely.
Jim began his career in the United States Marine Corps and finished twenty years later at the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Command in Washington, DC. Being on the LAM (life after military) he started his Information Technology career, culminating as the CTO for Enterprise Consulting & Integration. He currently teaches Computer and Technology courses for a local University, but his real love is riding motorcycles. With more than 40 years of safe riding experience, Jim is a genuine asset to the training cadre of Rider Coaches here at MTOFI.