Meet our Coach – Karl Rogers

Please meet FTSV Instructor, Karl Rogers. He joined our First Tee – Silicon Valley family in August 2019 as a volunteer coach and in the spring of 2022 he transitioned to a Program Instructor role.

Karl works for Lockheed Martin Corporation as a Packaging Design Engineer. As a First Tee Coach he has been teaching classes at Rancho Del Pueblo and Baylands Golf Links.

“I am so excited to serve the First Tee organization,” says Karl. “It has provided me with the opportunity to mentor the next generation, while doing something I love. FTSV is an awesome program that is positively impacting the future of our community, the lives of each and every participant, and the coaches. Coaching with the first tee is very rewarding. The participants, fellow coaches, and staff are a joy to work with.  It is such a pleasure to see the participants not only build on their golf skills, but build friendships with each other. Helping participants to overcome interpersonal challenges in a safe yet fun environment is especially rewarding.”

Karl excels at relating and building relationships with his participants. He is consistently identifying coachable moments which makes him successful at life skill integration.

“We are grateful and excited to have Karl join our instructor team,” says Program Director, Chris Moreno-Hunt. “He excelled as a volunteer coach, and is well liked by his participants and fellow coaches. Karl’s interpersonal skills and care for others helps create the positive social and emotional climate that we strive for. We look forward to having Karl increase his responsibilities as a coach and positively impact those around him.”

If you are interested in joining Karl and other caring First Tee coaches, please let us know!

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 5/15 for Summer, 8/15 for Fall, 11/15 for Winter, and 2/15 for Spring
  • Training provided (golf and life skills)