Become a Coach or Volunteer and Make a Difference

Our Philosophy

Without caring mentors, positive youth development just doesn’t happen. Here at First Tee—Central Carolina, we take coaching very 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 is invested.”
As you consider volunteering for our chapter, know that the safety of our kids is our first priority.  Please read our Prevention Policies to see how we conduct programs and activities at our chapter.
Prevention Policy

We’re Looking for You!

Nationwide, we currently have more than 3,700 coaches signed up with 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 our 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 program 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

Contact us to find out how to get involved as a coach.
You must complete an application and screening process, which may include an interview about your skills and interests, a criminal background check, and character references. You will also receive training about your volunteer or coaching role, behavioral expectations, and child protection.

Volunteer Coaches

As our chapter continues to grow and positively impact more kids, we are continuously searching for outstanding volunteer coaches. First Tee volunteer coaches are a team of adults that teach young people core values, healthy habits and valuable life skills using the game of golf.
To be a volunteer coach with our chapter you don’t need a low handicap or even experience working with kids. All you need to do is have a great attitude, smile easily, show up when needed and excel working in a fun and positive atmosphere!


When We Need You:
Volunteers are needed during three key periods during the year
  • Spring 2022:  Mid March – Early May
  • Summer 2022:  Early June- Early August (Summer Camps/Clinics/Tournaments)
  • Fall 2022: Late August – Mid October
Time Commitment:
  • Volunteer coaches can choose to assist with our spring season or fall season
  • Spring and fall seasons are only eight weeks long
  • Volunteer coaches will be assigned a class that meets once a week for 2 hours at a time (allowing 15 minutes for both set-up and take-down)
  • Classes take place Monday – Thursday from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. Saturday classes are offered as well (times vary).
General Information:
  • There are options to volunteer at any of our convenient locations across the Triad.
  • You can choose what age (7-18 years) and skill level (beginner to advanced) kids you would like to work with.
  • Informative and interactive training sessions are offered on a regular basis
  • Chapter staff provide continual learning opportunities throughout the season
How to Sign-Up:
  • Click on the Volunteer button at the top of this page.
  • Complete the online registration process.
  • Complete an online background check and SafeSport Training.

Volunteer Coach Roles

Volunteer coaches serve in one of the two ways below. New volunteer coaches all start as Assistant Coaches, and can discuss Lead Coach opportunities with chapter staff if interested.
  1. Assistant Coach:
    • Help set-up/break down class activities
    • Be a positive role model and interact with students
    • Assist with golf instruction
    • Ensure student safety
  2. Lead Coach
    • Review lesson plans and organize class activities
    • Manage class attendance
    • Assign assistant coach roles
    • Provide communication to students and parents
    • Report to chapter staff
    • Help set-up/break down class activities
    • Be a positive role model and interact with students
    • Assist with golf instruction
    • Ensure student safety
  3. Background Check
    • All volunteers are required to complete a background check before working with students.
    • Background check results will be kept completely confidential.
Volunteer coaches who would like to take on more of a leadership role may want to consider being a Lead Coach. To inquire about being a Lead Coach, please contact Ellen Lavoie at [email protected].