Player Development

Chase Engdahl M.S., CSCS

Chase’s extensive sports performance education and qualifications include earning his master’s degree in applied exercise science, holding his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and previously completing his undergraduate studies in Kinesiology at Colorado Mesa University.  Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Chase held sports performance internships with both the Colorado Avalanche and Landow Performance. After completing his internships, he stayed on with the Avalanche and eventually became the organization’s first full time Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Meanwhile, Chase started Denver Human Performance alongside Andy Howard in 2020. Chase’s experience primarily involves working with men’s and women’s hockey players of all levels (NHL, Olympians, NCAA, Junior Hockey and youth AA & AAA).

After 3 years in Colorado working with the Avalanche and operating DHP, Chase had the opportunity to become the University of Vermont’s Director of Hockey Performance, where he currently oversees both the men’s and women’s hockey programs. Chase continues to share his experiences and knowledge that he has gained from working at the highest levels of hockey with the entire staff at DHP. He works alongside Andy Howard in creating the best training practices, developing relationships and enhancing our training philosophy at DHP to provide the highest level of sports performance training for our athletes.

Andy Howard M.S., CSCS, TSAC-F, CPT:

Andy earned his masters degree in Exercise Physiology, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and previously completed his undergraduate in Exercise Sport Sciences at Western Colorado University.  Following the completion of his undergrad, Andy held internships with Severyn Sports in Texas and the National Strength and Conditioning Association where he trained a variety of athletes.  He currently holds his CSCS, TSAC-F, and CPT certifications through the NSCA. Throughout his education and career path, Andy has had the opportunity to volunteer and learn from the Colorado Avalanche and from the University of Vermont Men’s and Women’s hockey performance staff.  After his internships, he spent one season working for the Colorado Rampage as a strength and conditioning coach before starting Denver Human Performance with Chase Engdahl. 


Through Denver Human Performance Andy has primarily trained hockey players over the last three years ranging from youth hockey to NCAA. Andy has worked with Total Package Hockey, Colorado Thunderbirds, Team Colorado, Colorado Rampage, Colorado Springs Tigers, Chaparral High School Hockey, Ignite Performance Hockey, and Arapahoe Warriors.  Growing up he played a wide range of sports, primarily excelling in ice hockey and playing at the junior hockey ranks. Andy strives to make a difference in each athlete every day, both physically and mentally and is passionate about sharing his time, compassion and knowledge through sports performance.


Joel Barreras B.S., CPT:

Joel received his bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Colorado State University and currently has his Certified Personal Trainer certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is currently pursuing his master’s degree in Applied Exercise Science with a focus in Strength and Conditioning. During his undergrad, he was a high school track and field sprints, relay, and weightlifting coach for 3 years at Heritage Christian Academy. Upon graduation, he had the opportunity to intern with Landow Performance where he studied and aided in training youth to professional athletes. Before joining Denver Human Performance, he worked as a personal trainer and assistant training manager at Zone Athletic Club in Fort Collins. He was responsible for overseeing the entire training staff and mentoring new and current trainers.

Joel is approaching 3 years with Denver Human Performance and has offered valuable and substantial expertise throughout the years. He has worked with Total Package Hockey, Ignite Performance Hockey, Team Colorado, and Arapahoe Warriors. He enjoys training athletes not only to improve their athletic performance but by being a role model for them in their daily lives.

Purvi Desai

Sports Performance Physiotherapist

110-6590 South Vine Street

Centennial, CO 80121


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