Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At The First Tee of the Upstate, we take coaching seriously. We believe that a meaningful, quality relationship between coach and participant is vital to our program.

“Young people don’t care what a coach knows until they know a coach cares.”

We’re Looking for You!

Nationwide, we currently have more than 3,700 coaches signed up with The First Tee, including PGA and LPGA pros, as well as volunteers. But you don’t have to be a golf pro or even a good golfer. With The First Tee Coach Program, we provide the training you need.

Developed with input from leading experts in the field of positive youth development, our program focuses on empowering participants through decision-making and exploring options. This helps foster positive relationships between coaches and young people, inspiring the golfers of tomorrow to look to the future, set goals, and unlock their potential.

We offer volunteer opportunities throughout the year.

Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make The First Tee of the Upstate possible. We rely on volunteers — sometimes year round — to accomplish our mission, and not all of those goals involve golf; we need support off the course as well. Opportunities include:

STEPS TO BECOMING A VOLUNTEER COACH:

  1. Fill out initial interest form.
  2. Complete application.
  3. Complete background check.
  4. Attend in-person training.
  5. Sign-up and show up to your class!

You must complete an application and screening process, which will include a criminal background check and an in-person meeting. You will also receive online & in-person training about your volunteer or coaching role, behavioral expectations, and child protection.

The First Tee of the Upstate is always in need and grateful to anyone who would like to volunteer their time or talent(s). Our programs are successful due to the support of dedicated volunteers. We welcome people who can help in all areas, including assistant coaching, administration and assistance with special events. You don’t need to have experience as a golfer or in the golf industry to make a positive contribution to our efforts.

If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact AnnaLeis Dibert, Interim Program Director at adibert@thefirstteeupstate.org or (814) 521-1046