Hearty congratulations are in order for Chris Moreno-Hunt, who was recently promoted to Program Director. Chris has over 8 years of experience as a Program Manager working for The First Tee, originally with the former chapter in Oakland/East Bay and then with us at TFTSV over the past 18 months. Chris has been a welcome, valued addition to our staff working closely with Coach Matt, who recently switched to being a part-time Program Instructor to pursue other interests.
Chris brings a nice blend of empathy, intelligence and golf skill to his work with TFTSV. First, He’s caring… He epitomizes what it means to be a mentor, walking alongside our participants — with empathy — in their development. Second, He’s smart… His approach to the business side of his work, including problem solving and decision making, is thoughtful, thorough and analytical. Third, He’s good… Chris is a scratch golfer, who really knows the game and how to play it well. He played on the teams at Berkeley HS and Pitzer College. We’re excited to see Chris further apply these strengths as he steps up to get TFTSV to the next level of programming.
Chris will be building on the 19 years of program management foundation laid by Coach John Jasso from 2000 to 2007 when we were the Eagles at Rancho Junior Golf Program then The First Tee of San Jose, by Coach Molly from 2007 to 2017, and most recently by Coach Matt from 2012 to 2019. Having Chris as the single point person for all programming is essential as TFTSV continues to expand overall, but especially on the Mid-Peninsula. His responsibilities will include coordination and development of instruction, curriculum, outreach and opportunities. In time, we envision TFTSV having a Program Manager at each of our three main locations in San Jose, Palo Alto, and Gilroy. Coach Manny has been the closest to such a Program Manager role working at Gavilan College Golf Course in Gilroy since 2014.