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, 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.

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.

The First Tee of Greater New Orleans is always in need and grateful to anyone who would like to volunteer their time, talent, or treasure. 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.

To GET STARTED as a volunteer coach please email Perry Faulkner, Director of Education, to receive information about our volunteer on-boarding process.  If you prefer to discuss the opportunity over the phone, please call (504) 427-0330.

Click below to download our Volunteer Application. Please resubmit all forms to Perry Faulkner by email at or by fax (504) 304-3310.


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
  • Board and Advisory Board committee support

By contributing your time and talent, you can directly make an impact in a young person’s life. To learn about non-coaching volunteer opportunities with The First Tee, contact Executive Director, Chip Patterson,