Patty Imhoff - Club Administrator/Tournament Director
Originally from Germany, Patty moved permanently to the US to attend the University of Colorado where she received her Masters Degree in Business and Finance. She has been described as a serial entrepreneur which has led her to establish several successful businesses.
Patty's sport of choice was gymnastics, which she both competed in and coached. Her love for Field Hockey developed as a result of her daughters' passion for the sport. Patty is excited to see the growth and development that DFHC offers to its players.
Kathy James - Technical Director and Coach
Kathy James began playing field hockey in Virginia in 7th grade. She competed through high school earning team and state honors and participated in Future’s, the National Field Hockey Festival, and the local club team. Kathy continued playing at the collegiate level at Virginia Tech.
Kathy has coached at Kent Denver for 14 seasons, 12 of those as head coach. Under her leadership, Kent has won 8 state championships, 4 league championships, and has had the honor of seeing 37 players go on to compete at the collegiate level including 2 at top ten Division 1 programs.
Outside of Kent Denver, Kathy has directed several youth programs including the winter and summer leagues in Denver and has directed several camps. Kathy has coached Colorado teams at several national tournaments winning the National Festival Pool L in 2006.
Kathy is excited to bring her love and passion for the sport of field hockey to the young players of Denver. Kathy will technically advise on curriculum and skill development.
Pieter VanEde - Technical Director and Coach
Pieter Van Ede started playing field hockey in The Netherlands when he was 8 years old. He played for Laren and Amsterdam in the Dutch Hockey League. For several years he was part of the Dutch U21 Men's team which won silver medals in the European and World Championships. The highlight of his career was earning a spot on the 1992 Dutch Olympic team that participated in Barcelona.
Pieter was a player of the renowned Dutch National Team, which competed around the world in the early 1990s. Afterwards, Pieter played for The Wanderers in Johannesburg South Africa and has continued to play regularly in the Denver Field Hockey adult league.
Pieter is very excited about the Denver Field Hockey Club as he expects that it will improve the level of field hockey for all young players. Apart from the athletic opportunity, Pieter sees it as a great platform to enhance the social network for field hockey players, parents, coaches and officials in Denver and Colorado.
Pieter will assist the coaches with their programs and will continue to find ways to get field hockey experts from outside Colorado to share their knowledge and passion for the sport with the club.
Wayne Gersoff, MD - DFHC Trainer/Medical Director
Dr. Wayne Gersoff recognized his desire to enter a career in medicine, and, in particular, surgery, at an early stage in his education. Orthopedic surgery provided the unique blend of science, biomechanics, and technical skills as a mechanism to help people. This, coupled with his life-long participation in and love of sports, drew him to a career in orthopedic sports medicine.
While attending Yale University, Dr. Gersoff was a three-year starter on the varsity soccer team. He received a bachelor's degree upon graduation in 1977. His medical degree was received from SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, New York in 1981. Dr. Gersoff then returned to Yale University for his residency in orthopedic surgery. To pursue further his interest in sports medicine, he completed a year of fellowship for specialized training in orthopedic sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin.
Upon completion of his fellowship in 1987, Dr. Gersoff was recruited to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center to develop and direct a program in sports medicine, as well as be team physician for the University of Colorado athletic teams. At that time he also developed a program that provided sports medicine coverage for the Denver Public Schools' athletic teams. Dr. Gersoff entered private practice in 1994. During his career, he has continued to be actively involved in sports medicine. In addition to the University of Colorado athletic teams, Dr. Gersoff has served as team physician for the Colorado Rockies baseball team, the Denver Grizzlies hockey team, the U.S. Ski Jumping team, and the Denver Public Schools. He presently serves as team physician for the Colorado Rapids professional soccer team and is a member of the physician pool for the U.S. Soccer teams and a medical advisor to the Colorado High School Sports Activities Association as well as a director of the Colorado Field Hockey Association.
Brian Nutter - Coach
Brian Nutter began playing and developing a love of field hockey in the early '90s in Denver with the men’s team.
Brian began coaching 10 years ago as an assistant for Kent Denver School under Kathy. Two years later, Brian, initiated the district high school team for Douglas County housed at Mountain Vista High School. Under Brian’s leadership, Mountain Vista has grown to be one of Colorado’s largest programs and earned its first state championship in 2010, the first start up program to gain such an honor.
Outside of Mountain Vista, Brian has coached at several youth programs including the winter and summer leagues in Denver and has directed several camps including the Revolution Camp which he coached with Tara Danielson, former national team member.
Brian is excited to bring his enthusiasm for the sport of field hockey to the young players of Denver. Brian heads efforts to expand the under 12 program and the boys program.
Susan Ferger - Coach
Susan started playing field hockey in 7th grade and loved it immediately. She continued to play for Coach Anne Horton at the Columbus Academy in Gahanna, Ohio. While in high school, she was a member of three state championship teams and earned three all-state honors.
After high school, Susan continued to play field hockey at Duke University under coach Beth Bozman. While at Duke, the team made two NCAA appearances, advancing to the elite eight in 2008. Susan was a four-year starter for the Blue Devils.
Susan started coaching in high school for all ages at Columbus Academy field hockey camps. She continued coaching throughout college, serving as a counselor at Duke University and Wake Forest University summer camps. She is very excited to be coaching for the Denver Field Hockey Club!
Sarah Eckhoff - Coach
Sarah began playing field hockey was she was 6 years old after receiving a field hockey stick from a family friend for her birthday. Sarah continued to play in her youth and started on the Kingswood Regional High School Varsity Squad for 4 years. Sarah was coached by her mother, Elaine for three of her 4 years at Kingswood working together during her Sophomore season to win a State Championship. Sarah also played for the Seacoast United Field Hockey, participated in Futures, and participated in several tournaments throughout her High School career.
Sarah continued her field hockey career at Northeastern University where she majored in International Affairs and played under Cheryl Murtagh. Eckhoff served as Vice-Captain her Junior season and Co-Captain her Senior season; Sarah was named to the CAA All-Tournament Team her senior season, America East Honor Roll 2003-2005, and Colonial Athletic Association Honor Roll 2004-2006, Northeastern Dean’s List Freshman-Senior, and also received the Chanda Gunn Award for Community Service in 2007.
Sarah began coaching during her collegiate career for Cheryl Murtagh’s Elite Field Hockey Camp as well as other Summer Field Hockey camps in addition to coaching Futures in the Winter at various Massachusetts sites. She moved to Denver in the Fall of 2011 to pursue her Graduate degree in International Development at Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
Whit Ryan - Goalie Coach
Born in Denver but transplanted to Ohio, Whit began playing field hockey at the age of ten when none of the girls wanted to put on the stinky goalie equipment. What began as a lark developed into a passion and he's been playing in goal ever since. After high school, he traveled to Scotland where he started at the club level and moved up the ranks until it was time to come home.
Returning to the US, he moved to Colorado and began playing for the local club teams and shortly thereafter started coaching for the US Field Hockey Association as well as most of the local high schools. Specializing in goalkeeper development, he has worked with many talented and driven young players and he is very excited to be a part of the Denver Field Hockey Club.
Jordan Sedlacek - Goalie Coach
Jordan grew up in Golden, Colorado. She began playing field hockey in 7th grade for Colorado Academy, and started goal keeping in 8th grade. She played on varsity for three years. In 2004 she was co-captain and MVP, playing in the state championship game. She was named to the CHSAA Academic First Team as a junior and senior and helped to represent Colorado field hockey at multiple Cal Cup and Festival tournaments. In 2003 she attended the National Futures Tournament.
Jordan continued her field hockey career at Dartmouth College. She was a 4-year member of the NFHCA All Academic Squad. In the fall of 2007 she was an Academic All Ivy League Honoree. She was a three time Ivy League Honorable Mention Player of the Week and in the 2007 season was ranked 15th in the nation for saves per game and 38th in the nation for save percentage.
After graduating from Dartmouth in 2009 with a degree in biology and anthropology, Jordan returned to Denver to begin coaching. She has been a goal keeping coach for Kent Denver since 2009 and also coaches at numerous camps and off-season playing opportunities. She is excited to coach for the Denver Field Hockey Club and to participate in the new chapter of Colorado field hockey.