Meet Coach Alex – A Committed Mentor

Alex Wrobel joined First Tee – Silicon Valley as a volunteer coach and Board Ambassador in 2021 and has made a positive impact on his participants and on our entire organization.

Alex works for SAP Labs as a Principal Solution Architect. Since he joined FTSV, he has emersed himself fully and made a positive impact. Alex has coached every season since he started and has been one of our most active and reliable volunteer coaches. He works full time and still manages to find time to coach 3-4 classes each season.

“I’m very grateful to have the opportunity to be part of such an amazing organization and I enjoy the time with everybody involved: staff, coaches, board members, participants and their families.” Says Alex. “It is fantastic to see what a great, positive impact the program has on its participants – not only on golf skills, but also especially on the life skills we teach and the opportunities like college scholarships it helps to provide. As a coach it is a very rewarding experience to be part of this program.”

“We are grateful to have Alex on our team. He goes above and beyond our expectations.”  says Manny Gallardo, FTSV Program Coordinator. ”For example, Alex often arrives early and before the other volunteers to assist in setting up for our classes and is the last one to leave in order to help ease the transition for our staff.  He also introduces new golf and life skill strategies to help create the best learning environment for our participants.  Alex believes in building meaningful relationships. The participants speak very highly of him and about how he makes them feel heard and listened to. In addition, Alex always takes the time to speak with the junior coaches about their next major steps in life and always provides thoughtful and genuine advice about how to prepare for those next steps. He truly is not just a coach, but a mentor. His contributions and experience he offers to the program are invaluable.”

In addition to his coaching, we can always count on him to assist at our tournaments and fundraising events. As a board ambassador, he has perfect attendance at our meetings and always finds ways to add value and research for various projects without even being asked. It is a great combination when Ambassadors also volunteer as coaches to establish a true connection with our youth development program.  We are thankful for his contributions and grateful to have him on our team.

We are looking for additional coaches like Alex. If you are interested in making a positive difference, being part of a supportive community, and building your coaching and leadership skills, please apply to join our team.

How to get started

  • Visit our volunteer page and click on the volunteer form.
  • Or contact Julie Donnellan at 408-508-4882 or [email protected]
  • Click here for our volunteer tri-fold for more information
  • We are accepting volunteers year-round, but to be able to coach in the next season you will need to complete the on-boarding steps by 2/15 for Spring, and 5/15 for Summer, 8/15 for Fall, and 11/15 for Winter
  • Training provided (golf and life skills)