First Grade Coach – Womens

James Birkefeld – Head Coach

James joined Ryde in 2022 after coaching professionally for the past 15 years across a diverse range of roles both locally and abroad.  In this time, he has had the opportunity to work in the elite athlete pathways with sustained success for NWSHA, SMA, HNSW and Scottish Hockey.

As an athlete-centric coach, he takes great pride in seeing athletes develop and grow as both players and people.  As ML1 coach he works closely with our elite players and the club as a whole to bring continued and sustained development and success.