Staff

P.J. Soteriades, Camp Director

P.J. Soteriades returns for her 17th year and 15th season as the head field hockey coach at Denison in 2017. Since taking over the program in 2000, Soteriades has won 152 games and has advanced to the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament 11 times.  

In 2014, the Big Red posted a 13-7 record highlighted by wins over No. 15 Rochester and an upset over No. 19 DePauw in the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament. Denison would advance to the NCAC Tournament championship before falling to Kenyon, 1-0. Three players were named to the all-region team.

In 2012, Soteriades and the Big Red posted a 15-6 record while placing second in the NCAC with a 10-4 league record. The 15 wins were the second-most in her tenure.

The 2011 season will go down as one of the most successful seasons in Denison field hockey history. Soteriades was named the regional and conference Coach of the Year after leading Denison to an 18-2 record, its first NCAC title since 2000, and its first-ever NCAC Tournament crown. After receiving a first-round bye in the NCAA Tournament, the Big Red suffered a 4-1 setback to MIT in the second round. Goalie Brittany Benson was named NCAC Defensive Player of the Year to highlight seven all-conference honorees. In addition, six athletes earned all-region honors, including sophomore Katie McMahon who received All-American recognition.

Soteriades also spent the spring of 2011 as the interim women's lacrosse coach. After the team was predicted to finish six out of seven teams in preseason conference poll, Soteriades guided the team to a 6-0 record in conference play and the program's first NCAC Tournament Championship since 2006. The team qualified for the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in school history.

Soteriades is Denison's career leader in wins (152) and is also Denison's longest-tenured field hockey coach. Due to maternity leave, Soteriades missed the 2013 and 2016 seasons. 

A 2000 graduate of Ohio University with a bachelor of science degree in organizational communication, Soteriades has gained considerable field hockey experience at the college level. After competing for Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant Ball State University as a first-year student, Soteriades completed her collegiate career as a three-year member of the Ohio University Bobcat varsity squad.

Included among her honors at Ohio U. was being selected to serve as team captain during her senior season. A Dean's List student, Soteriades was also the recipient of OU's Scholar-Athlete Award, and she earned membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.

Within the athletic department, Soteriades also serves as the advisor to the Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council.

Soteriades and her husband, Jay, live in Grandview with their two children.

Nikki Wimsatt,

Third year Head Coach for New Albany High School, Nikki Wimsatt coached the fifth year varsity program and the programs best record to date. Prior to coaching at New Albany, Nikki served as acting head field hockey coach for the 2013 season for the Denison Big Red while her sister P.J. was out on maternity leave. After compiling a 17-2 record and a share of the programs ninth NCAC regular season title, she was voted NCAC Coach of the Year.  

Wimsatt spent four years as an assistant under her mother, Marge Redmond, at Ohio Wesleyan University. Nikki began her coaching career at Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio where she coached the Golden Bears for nine seasons. Several of her players went on to play at the collegiate level. During that time she was also co-chair for the Senior All-Star Field Hockey game for nine years.

A 1996 graduate of Ohio University, Wimsatt was a four-year starter on the Bobcat field hockey team, a three time Academic All American, and served as captain her senior year. She graduated with a degree in special education.

Marge Redmond,

Marge Redmond has been a fixture in the field hockey community having coached nearly 3 decades.  Redmond served as  field hockey coach for fifteen years at Ohio Wesleyan University and also served as an assistant women's lacrosse coach during that time.  While at Ohio Wesleyan the Bishops advanced to the NCAC tournament 3 times in a 6-year span under Redmond. In 2009, the Bishops finished with a 10-9 record and advanced to the championship game of the NCAC tournament for the first time. The 2008 Bishops finished with a 12-7 record, their highest season win total under Redmond, and made their first NCAC tournament appearance.  In 2007, Redmond guided the Bishops to a 10-7 record, an improvement of 6 games, and shared NCAC Coach of the Year honors. She also earned NCAC Coach of the Year honors in women’s lacrosse in 2008, stepping in on an interim basis and guiding Ohio Wesleyan to the NCAC championship and an NCAA Division III playoff appearance.

Prior to coaching the Bishiops, Redmond was head field hockey coach at Upper Arlington High School from 1984-97. From 1997-99, she was a physical education teacher in grades K-8 in the Columbus City school system.

Redmond’s Upper Arlington teams finished as state runner-up once, won a regional title and compiled 8 district runner-up finishes. While coaching at Upper Arlington, she also served as regional selector for the high school All-America program.

Off the field, she was a founding member of the Ohio Field Hockey Coaches Association, she founded the first and coordinated the next 11 Senior All-Star Field Hockey matches, she has served as Regional Futures Field Hockey Program coach since 1986 and was the regional site director for the U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Program from 1997-2000. Through varied experiences at camps and clinics, she has coached field hockey in 7 different states. Redmond's coaching background also includes experience in track & field, diving and softball.

Redmond is a 1971 graduate of Ohio University, where she played field hockey, basketball, tennis and softball and was a member of the Dean’s List. She received her master’s degree in sport education from Ashland University in 2003.

Redmond also is a graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy, a program providing skills training for women coaches who are ready and willing to increase their individual effectiveness by learning advanced skills and strategies that directly affect their personal and team success. She has continued her professional development by graduating from Dimension II of the Women Coaches Academy, a program that gives women coaches the opportunity to learn about coaching strategies and methods, communication skills, and other issues such as Title IX and the legal issues of coaching.

Karla Dixon a 2014 graduate of Denison University was a four year starter and team captain for the Big Red.  Karla earned first-team All-NCAC honors three straight seasons and was a two time All-Great Lakes Region selection.  During her senior campagin Dixon was selected to play in the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game in Virginia Beach, Va. and was a NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship nominee.  While at Denison Karla was a Mathematics and economics double major and was honored at Denison Athletics Top-50 banquet in 2012, 2013 and 2014.  Karla served as president of DSAAC, the Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council and was a astudent assistant in the Denison sports information office.

Karla has assisted the New Albany High School Field Hockey program for the past two seasons and has coached at Stick to Stick Field Hockey Camp for the past 4 years. 

Additional current and former collegiate players will be joining the staff at Stick to Stick this summer