DURHAM, N.C. – Duke head coach Pam Bustin and the field hockey program are excited to announce the addition of Tessa Gote to the Blue Devil roster for the 2018 campaign. A graduate student forward/midfielder, Gote comes to Durham from Amstelveen in The Netherlands.
Gote spent several seasons competing with Pinoké Amsterdam, helping her club collect runner-up finishes indoors and outdoors at the National Dutch Championships. She also played with HC Victoria during its playoff run in 2016, earning Woman of the Match distinction.
“We are so excited to welcome Tessa Gote to our field hockey family! Tessa comes to Duke as a Fuqua School of Business Masters of Management Studies graduate student,” Bustin said.
Gote has been playing field hockey since the age of five and comes from a family of field hockey athletes. Her older sister, Ymke Rose, is a senior midfielder at Boston College, while her mother and younger sisters have played for several clubs in The Netherlands.
“Tessa’s great balance of high level hockey with an intense drive to continue her academic studies makes her a perfect graduate fit for Duke True,” Bustin said. “We are so fortunate Duke can provide Tessa with the opportunity to play and study at the great level she desires for both her field hockey competition and her graduate program.”
Why did you choose Duke?
Tessa Gote: Because of the unique combination Duke offers – at Duke I am able to pursue an academic degree at the highest level possible and play my sport at the highest level in the U.S.
What is your favorite field hockey memory?
TG: Being named Woman of the Match during the first playoff game for promotion to the top 12 teams of the Netherlands with hockey club Victoria in 2016.
When did you start playing field hockey?
TG: I started playing field hockey when I was five years old, with one practice per week on Saturdays. I remember being excited for the practice all week and playing outside on the street (which ruined most of my sticks).
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
TG: My family, especially my sisters, have had the biggest impact on my life. We fight a lot but we love each other.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … to join a very talented program with a tradition of high expectations and winning results.