Thank you, Coach Matt!

Categories: 2019, Newsletter, October

As our fall 2019 season comes to a close, so too will Matt Sheppard’s time as a member of TFTSV’s full-time staff. While we are sad to see him go, we are happy that we’ll still have him on our team as a part-time Program Instructor and that he’ll have more time to pursue his other interests.

Matt joined TFTSV’s staff about 8 years ago when he switched from the role of Volunteer Coach to Program Coordinator. He worked closely with Coach Molly, our Program Manager for 10 years, and was promoted to Program Manager himself in 2017. Together, Matt and Molly expanded and grew our programs at Baylands Golf Links and the Golf Club at Moffett Field. Most recently, Matt has worked closely with Coach Chris as Co-Program Managers.

Mentors walk alongside others in their development. To be most effective, they must create a safe, caring and nurturing climate in their relationship with their mentees. Matt has demonstrated such effectiveness as a mentor more times that we could count. Many of TFTSV’s participants have enjoyed him as a coach, confidant and friend because of his supportive spirit and intentional instruction.

Please join me in thanking Coach Matt for his years of full-time work for and contributions to TFTSV.

Thank you, Matt!George Maxe, President & CEO

Dear The First Tee of Silicon Valley Participants & Families,

It is with mixed emotions that I share with you all that in the coming weeks, I will be leaving my position as Program Manager to pursue a career in music but will still be an instructor with TFTSV. It is a fitting time for me and the organization, this being my eighth year with the company and The First Tee of Silicon Valley at a point where it is thriving. I want to thank each of you for making The First Tee a wonderful place to work and for all of the fond memories and relationships that we’ve created together over the years. I feel blessed and thankful to be part of such a wonderful community of good people.

I am very proud of all that our organization has accomplished. I would like to thank TFTSV staff, volunteers, and instructors. All of which have helped me grow as a person and have been integral in the success of the program. A special thank you goes out to Chris Moreno-Hunt, who I have learned so much from. You have been an inspirational person to work side-by-side with everyday. I appreciate your continuous support and admire who you are as a person. Another special thank you goes out to George Maxe, who has been my biggest supporter and mentor for me during the past 8 years. I appreciate your tireless efforts in helping me reach my full potential. I am forever grateful for your support.  I really cannot adequately express in words how much I appreciate all who are involved in TFTSV. Please know that I am grateful and thankful to you all.

I am happy to say that the organization is in great hands with Chris Moreno-Hunt taking on most of my responsibilities along with the assistance of our hard working staff, Lina, Carlos, Joe, Gabby, Julie, Judy, and Manny.

In the future you may see me out coaching a couple of classes or doing some behind the scenes work for The First Tee, but my last day as Program Manager will be on Saturday, November 2nd. I hope to continue to see and chat with many of you periodically!

Thank you,

Matt