Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Please locate your nearest program location, click on link to be taken to specific volunteer documents.
Contact us to find out how to get involved as a coach.

New York City/ Westchester – Anthony Rodriguez, PGA
Email: arod@tftmny.org

Long Island – Justin Koff, PGA
Email:JustinKoff@tftmny.org

Plainfield, NJ – Bill Castner, PGA
castnerpga@gmail.com

Essex County, NJ – Katie Brenny, PGA
kbrenny@tftmny.org

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. At The First Tee, 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.

Make an Impact Off the Course

We need more than coaches to make The First Tee 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:

  • Fundraising/Events
  • Operations/Administration
  • Mentoring/Tutoring
  • In-school programming

By contributing your time and talent, you can directly make an impact in a young person’s life.

Learn More About Opportunities

You must complete an application and background screen form, which may include an interview about your skills and interests, a criminal background check, and character references. You will also receive training for your volunteer or coaching role, behavioral expectations, and child protection.