About Our Coaches
Gabe Hurley, Program Director/Coach -
Stapleton All Sports is the inspiration of a lifelong passion for sports and working with kids. Growing up in Iowa, Gabe Hurley (Founder) played a variety of sports, excelling in wrestling and football. Gabe went on to graduate and play football at Division III Wartburg College, where he started as an outside linebacker and held the position of Team Captain ('97).
Throughout college, Gabe worked for the Waverly Recreation Department coaching youth tee ball, baseball, basketball, wrestling and early skill development. Since graduating, Gabe has remained committed to physical activity, completing the Colfax Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, and Harvest Moon Half Ironman. Gabe is a resident of the Stapleton community, where he has served on the SUN Board, has been a CSC member, and a block captain. He lives in Eastbridge with his wife Julie, their daughter Sydney (4), their son Stone (2) and yellow lab Brody.
Tony Ferrufino -
is a Colorado native who attended Pomona High School and CU Boulder.
Having been around sports his entire life has cultivated a desire to teach one of his passions to young children so they may begin to enjoy sports, competition, and above all have fun. Tony believes that sports are a great way to develop life skills, determination, drive, and long lasting friendships. By participating in sports children learn the basis of hard work at a very young age and this continues for a lifetime.
In 1997 Tony joined Dave Logan’s football staff at Arvada West High School as a running back/ linebacker coach. Witnessing firsthand the passion and dedication the staff and players had in the winning the ’97 state title was very special. This cemented Tony’s desire to teach and educate youth on the benefits of participating in sports.
Tony resides in Northeast Park Hill with his wife Renee, and two children, Reece (5) and Ava Jean (3). He enjoys participating in many recreational sports today including football, basketball, tennis, and snowboarding. Tony also enjoys music and playing the guitar.
Ryan Freeman -
is originally from SC.He has been a Denver resident for 5 years now and has 3 little girls who have just started playing tennis. He began playing tennis at the late age of 13. After 4 years of HS tennis Ryan went on to play collegiate tennis while he earned his degree in education. He is a former school teacher and tennis coach and has run just about every type of tennis program, from seasonal clubs to country clubs. Two years ago Ryan was selected to be the head coach for Team USA for the World University Games. He took our top NCAA players over to China to compete. Ryan has a love of the game and really enjoys working with all levels and ages on the court.
Bryan Richardson -
Originally from California, Bryan moved to Colorado and attended Golden High school and CU-Boulder (Go Buffs!). A former 3 year letterman in baseball and tennis, he competes recreationally in football, tennis, soccer, and golf. As well, Bryan has experience coaching children in football, soccer, baseball, and tennis.
Bryan resides in the Stapleton neighborhood with his wife Robin, and two children, Ashley (8) and Zach (6).
Jennifer Hein -
Jennifer grew up in Topeka, Kansas. She was involved in many sports and competitive gymnastics most of her childhood and switched over from gymnastics to cheerleading in middle school. A Varsity cheerleader throughout high school, she joined a coed competitive all-star squad her senior year in addition to cheering for her school. Jennifer was raised a die hard Jayhawks fan, so it wasn't a surprise when she opted for The University of Kansas as her college of choice. She attended KU on a cheerleading scholarship, cheering at the varsity level all four years for basketball and football and competed in both the small coed and large coed divisions at UCA nationals, where the squad placed 2nd her senior year in the small coed division. Jennifer interned at the Coors Wellness Center in Golden prior to graduating in May of 2006 with a degree in Exercise Physiology. She fell in love with Colorado and decided to stay near the mountains, but returned to walk for graduation and visits often.
In May she began teaching in the early childhood classroom at the Primrose preschool here in Stapleton. She also landed a spot on the Nuggets coed squad and enjoyed meeting friends, getting involved in a new city, and cheering at the professional level! After the season, Jennifer moved to San Diego where she was extremely involved in the San Diego schools, teaching children's fitness, gymnastics, and music and movement classes. She also worked as a cheerleading sales rep for a company based out of Southern California and briefly worked for an insurance broker before discovering Colorado was more in her future.
She returned to Denver in 2008 to cheer for the Nuggets one last year before they retired the coed cheer squad. She continues to stay involved with the sport by coaching, judging, and coed stunting for fun and exercise. Jennifer is very active in the Stapleton community and has kept herself busy teaching, nannying, tutoring, and coaching children's fitness classes over the years. She is excited to be coaching cheerleading here in Stapleton and expanding a new sport available to the children in the area!
James Rothfelder -
Jim was born in Houston, TX. He attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a degree in Political Science in 2007.
Throughout his life he has coached and mentored youth and children in baseball, basketball, soccer, football, golf and swimming including time with the Salvation Army Youth Athletics in Lawrence, KS and most recently with Total Golf Academy of Arapahoe County in the greater Denver area.
In addition to his time as a mentor, he has spent the last several years working in the non-profit sector with individuals with Developmental Disabilities, at risk youth, and with disadvantaged children and their families. He has dreams and aspirations of continuing to work with youth and their families via administrative roles with The Children's Hospital.
Heide Scheid -
Heide is a Colorado native who grew up on the Western Slope of Colorado in the small town of Montrose. She has been very active and involved in many sports since an early age including soccer, basketball, snowboarding, running and dirt biking. Soccer was her main sport and passion from the age of 7 and continued to the collegiate level. Coaching and passing on her experience and enthusiasm for soccer started in High School when she helped coach soccer camps every summer.
Heide attended Colorado State University to study Nutrition and Fitness and is now a Registered Dietitian in the Denver area. On her time off, Heide loves to travel and experience adventures around the world, mostly involving hiking, camping and trail running around different landscapes. Her life truly revolves around health and fitness. Sports and fitness are a personal passion she hopes to share with the next generation through coaching. Heide feels that sports allow children to find their confidence, express themselves and live life to it's fullest.
Casey Delzell -
Originally from Wisconsin, Casey grew up playing soccer, hockey and running cross-country and track. Casey attended the University of Iowa where he continued to play hockey as well as began coaching. Casey worked for the City of Iowa City coaching T-ball, swimming and ran hockey camps. After college, Casey moved to Denver as part of an Americorps group where he taught in Head Start classrooms and after-school programs working with children ranging in age from 3 to 10. Casey also gained experience as a coach counselor working with high school students in East Aurora.
Chris Turner -
Chris grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and spent most of his 18 years there playing baseball, basketball, soccer, wrestling and water polo. During high school, Chris helped run a class teaching kids about fitness and helping them learn to swim. He attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and majored in Communications with a minor in Sports Management, where he developed a greater desire to help people of all ages and fitness levels get healthier and stronger. Upon moving to Denver 4 years ago with his wife Kelly, Chris got involved as a group fitness and bootcamp instructor and is still teaching the classes and training the incoming coaches. Youth sports is very important to Chris as he wants to share his knowledge of group sports and teach kids the importance of being active at an early age.
Christine Dart -
Drawn by the mountains, sunshine, and healthy lifestyles of Colorado, Christine moved to Denver from Connecticut in the Spring of 2012. She is proud to call this city home! Since she played soccer and tennis growing up, she feels it is extremely important and beneficial for youth to be engaged in physical activities, especially during those crucial years of development. She loves seeing them laugh while having a good time playing sports and being active. Christine also encourages activity and wellness in youth and adults through ballroom and latin dance instruction. In addition, she is training for her NASM personal training certification and for her holistic nutritional therapy certification. She is ecstatic to have the opportunity to utilize her passion for health and sports with Stapleton All Sports.
Libby Parrish -
Libby moved to the Denver area two years ago from Ann Arbor, Michigan (Go Blue!). While attending Saline high school, Libby was all-state in soccer and all-area in basketball. She went on to attend the University of Michigan and was the captain and co-president of the club soccer team. After graduating, Libby began her coaching career at a local high school. She spent 8 years as the assistant varsity soccer coach and 5 years coaching high school basketball. Libby moved to Denver to continue her teaching career and is currently teaching kindergarten special education.
Devanie Kira Helman -
Devanie was born in raised in Gunnison, Colorado and moved to the Denver area to attend the University of Denver. Living in Gunnison has instilled a love of skiing, hiking, snowshoeing rafting and swimming. At Gunnison High School, Devanie was a state qualifier in track and field and a three-year letterman in basketball and volleyball. Devanie is currently a sophomore at DU double majoring in psychology and sociology with a minor in education with the hope to someday help reduce social inequality in the public school system. At DU Devanie stays physically active, running often and playing intramural basketball and volleyball. Next fall Devanie will study abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark for a semester. Basketball has always been a part of life for Devanie, as her father played basketball professionally overseas and served as the men’s basketball coach at Western State College for several years.
Paul Heskin -
Paul Heskin grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois playing many sports and staying active. Growing up playing basketball and soccer, skiing, snowboarding, water skiing and wake boarding. His wife Anne and he moved to Colorado just over a year ago and love the outdoor lifestyle that is encouraged here. They live here in Stapleton, but get up to the mountains to hike, bike and snowboard as often as they can. Paul is a nurse in the Cardiac ICU at The Children's Hospital and is hoping to use his nights off to start giving back to the sport that gave him so much fun growing up. His dad coached him through grade school and never missed a game in high school. Paul hopes to coach his own children one day, but for now loves playing with kids and teaching them the sport that he loves.
Tom Brennan -
Tom grew up as the youngest of six kids in God’s country (Buffalo, NY), where he participated in youth hockey, indoor and outdoor soccer, baseball, tennis, and nordic and alpine skiing leagues and competitions throughout high school.
Following graduation and a fledgling soccer career, from (THE) Ohio University, Tom focused his attention on his long-standing passion for skiing with eight years of “intense study” in the areas of storm tracking and searching out on-mountain and backcountry powder stashes in Steamboat Springs.
Tom now lives in Stapleton with his beautiful wife Andrea, and their two infinitely energetic boys. They continue to ski as much as possible, looking to instill their love for the mountains in their boys with a lifestyle of various activities, including youth sports.
"I have always been a big believer in youth athletics. I have fond memories of my coaches and how they have shaped me as an adult. Participation in sports has provided me with lifelong friends, confidence, sportsmanship, drive and piece of mind. I coach because I love the games and like to see the sense of pride and accomplishment on a child’s face as they learn, grow and gain confidence in themselves."
Kevin Koinzan -
A native of Colorado, he started playing hockey at the age of four. By the time he was six he began traveling all over North America. Kevin played through High School at Cherry Creek and played in three State Championships, winning two, and was the Captain his senior year. Kevin was drafted by the Rochester Mustangs of the USHL, and eventually enrolled at the University of Northern Colorado, attaining his degree in advertising. He also played four years of Lacrosse in high school, winning a State Championship. Kevin has a deep passion for sports. For kids growing up, Kevin feels sports are a great way to interact with others, build confidence and make great friends. Kevin enjoys teaching kids the game as well as the discipline that goes Kevin has lived in Stapleton for six years with his wife Shannon and their two boys Jakob (8) and Samuel (1).
Ken Burdette -
Ken grew up in Maryland where he had the opportunity to play and
coach a variety of sports. In high school, Ken focused primarily on soccer and
lacrosse, choosing to pursue lacrosse at the collegiate level. Upon graduating
from Mt. St. Mary's College, he was afforded the opportunity to return to his
high school and coach both soccer and lacrosse, where he found a passion working
with youth both on and off the athletic field.
In late 2007, Ken and his wife Jane moved to Denver with their two kids. Since
moving to Denver, he has enjoyed outdoor activities such as hiking, camping,
snowboarding, recreational football, and just plain-old exercise. With a 6
year-old daughter and a son turning 5, Ken is excited to become more involved in
youth athletics in the Denver area for many years to come.
Travis Bischoff -
Travis grew up in South Dakota where he participated in basketball, football, baseball, and track in high school. Due to his love of sports and wanting to help people return to activity after injury, he obtained a degree in Athletic Training from South Dakota State University. His intrigue with the mountains drew him from the flat lands to Colorado 12 years ago. Since then he enjoys everything Colorado has to offer: snowboarding, wakeboarding, mountain biking, hiking, tennis, and golf. Also along the way he has participated in basketball, flag football, and softball leagues.
Travis is a kid at heart and has tried to stay young by being involved with kids when he can. He has been a high school Athletic Trainer and taught children snowboarding at Vail for a season. He believes all children should have an opportunity to participate in sports because of the important life lessons it teaches: how to be a team member, how to be and stay active, and how to have fun with new challenges.
Travis lives in Stapleton with his wife Michelle and daughter Devyn (1 1/2˝).
Holly Kesterson -
Holly was born and raised in Northern California where she attended Liberty High School and played basketball and softball. She moved to Denver in 2008 to attend Johnson and Wales University where she plays on the basketball team. She is about to embark on her junior year at JWU in sports/entertainment/event management. She is very passionate about youth and the role sports can play in their lives. She hopes to someday become an athletic director.
Stapleton All Sports is interested in attracting energetic, athletic coaches to work with kids ages 4-10. If interested in applying, contact Gabe Hurley at firstname.lastname@example.org