About - Wake County

We believe sports change lives!

Teach, Grow and Achieve with TGA

Golf and tennis promote fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

Golf and tennis are educational

Many lessons use math and science including scoring, distance and shot making

Golf and tennis build life skills

Our programs promote respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship

Golf and tennis are life-long sports

Play with family, friends, colleagues and clients

Swing, volley, and serve!

Discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA

Drive, chip, and putt!

Discover how fun and exciting golf can be with TGA

TGA of Wake County

Testimonials

Meet the Team

Maryann Von Seggern
Chapter Director (Golf & Tennis)

Maryann recently retired from the technology sector and is pursuing her dream to bring golf and tennis to children of all ages.  She brings 30 years of sales, finance and operations to TGA.  Maryann is originally from the Northeast and moved to the Raleigh area almost 5 years ago.  She is a wife and mom to 2 grown sons.  Sports have been a large part of her life and she looks forward to growing the TGA program here in Wake County.

The LPGA has recently nominated Maryann for the Sandy LaBauvre Spirit award, in recognition of her contributions, efforts, passion and dedication to growing Girls Golf.

Rob Schwarz
Director of Golf

Rob, originally from the Buckeye State, brings almost 40 years of golf experience and teaching to TGA.  He became a Class A PGA professional in 1991.  For the past 10 years, he has been the general sales manager for Golf Galaxy.  Rob joined us in the Spring of this year and immediately became a head coach, teaching golf at 4 of our elementary school enrichment programs. He has a passion for teaching “kids of all ages”, and is excited about the opportunity to work with the next generation of golfers. As our Director of Golf, Rob is responsible for all of our programs that we run at Knights Play Golf Center, which includes our camps, clinics, classes, leagues and Girls Golf.

George Greason
Territory Director (Golf & Tennis)

George brings over 40 years of golf experience to TGA, including six years as a PGA professional. After working for six years as a PGA professional, he ventured out to the world of entrepreneurship to run his own industrial supply company. Joining TGA in 2012, George immediately brought his and energy and excitement to all of his classes. When TGA launched TGA Premier Youth Tennis shortly after, George was eager to get into the tennis classes to continue his passion in working with kids. George is now Territory Director in charge of the Raleigh and Wake Forest area.

Chuck Rigano
Territory Director (Golf & Tennis)

Chuck was looking for a new career after 30+ years in IT. His love of golf & tennis made for a perfect fit in the TGA Premier family as he moved from assistant to head coach and now the Territory Director. He met his wife on a tennis blind date and is also an avid golfer with a Senior Club Championship & 2 runner ups to his credit. He enjoys working with the students and sharing his love for the games you can play for a lifetime.

Tammy Crump
Director of Operations

Tammy brings to TGA great enthusiasm and excitement for both tennis and life that rubs off immediately to her students. She plays on several local teams and if she’s not teaching a TGA class, there is a good chance she’s on the tennis courts. After raising her own kids (one sibling & twins), she heard about the opportunity to work with kids and tennis with TGA and was hooked. She has completed several USTA 10 and Under Tennis training classes, coaches a local JTT team and gets a thrill watching the students grow through TGA’s afterschool enrichment program as they work to transition to the tennis courts! As Director of Operations/Head Tennis Instructor, Tammy is responsible for all on-court programming such as track-out and summer camps, leagues, play days and festivals.

Pat DiCaprio
Senior Camp Director

Pat joined TGA in February of this year as an assistant coach. He quickly started working on business development for us and has just been promoted to Senior Camp Director. Pat has an incredible passion for coaching. He received his undergraduate degree in Phys Ed, with a certification in teaching. Pat and his family spent a number of years in California, where Pat was a technology executive. He retired in 2010 and he and his family re-located to Cary. Pat is affiliated with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, where he has both coached and refereed baseball, basketball, volleyball and softball. Pat is also an avid golfer. He brings an amazing enthusiasm and energy to his role. Pat is now responsible for all facets of our camp operation and strategy and looks forward to meeting and working with all of you.

Paul Allen
Head Coach (Golf)

Paul joined TGA in the fall of 2017 and is now a golf head coach.  He is also a golf coach with the United States Golf Teachers Federation (USGTF) and is an avid golfer that plays or works on his golf game every week.  Paul has been involved in sports activities his entire life and has won championships in several sports.  Before becoming a golf coach, Paul spent many years as an executive in the technology and auto industries.  Paul is a supporter of the LPGA and attends at least one LPGA event each year.  Paul loves to teach golf and believes golf to be the greatest of all sports.  No other sport teaches integrity, discipline and mental toughness like the game of golf.  Like all golfers, Paul is still searching for “his place in the field.”

Blake Bathie
Head Coach (Golf)

Blake joined TGA in the winter of 2018.  He is originally from Massachusetts but moved to North Carolina about 10 years ago.  He is an avid golfer, and has been playing since he was old enough to pick up a club.  Blake played on the varsity golf team throughout high school and qualified for the State Championship his senior year.   Blake is currently a junior at North Carolina State University, studying Accounting, with the intentions of attending graduate school and becoming a CPA.  Golf has always been one of Blake’s passions and he is glad to have the opportunity to teach kids a game that they can play for a lifetime.

Jimmy Blaylock
Head Coach (Golf)

Jimmy joined TGA 2 years ago and is one of our senior golf coaches.  Jimmy is a lifetime Cary native, and Air Force veteran, NC State Alumni and a PGA golf instructor for over 25 years.  Jim teaches some of our most popular programs, namely Mom’s Golf, Girls Golf and our Junior Clinics, all at Knights Play Golf Center.

John Ivey
Head Coach (Golf)

John Ivey joined TGA in the summer of 2016. He is a retired high school counselor and golf coach. John enjoys the opportunity to help our youth develop an interest, leading to a love, of this wonderful game of golf.

Jae Kim
Head Coach (Golf)

Jae joined TGA in the summer of 2017.  He is a lifelong golfer, who enjoys teaching the game of golf to younger generations through the life lessons learned.  Jae is an NC State graduate, who works as a realtor in the Triangle area.  He loves living and raising his family in Cary, NC.

Diane Tait
Head Coach (Golf)

Diane joined the team in the fall of 2016 as a golf head coach.  She is a retired social worker, mother, and grandmother with over 40 years experience working with children. An avid sports fan and lifelong recreational athlete in a variety of sports, she resumed golf following retirement a few years ago. She now has a passion for golf and working with kids on both the game and life skills associated with it.

Jerry Walters
Head Coach (Golf)
Jerry joined TGA in the summer of 2017.  He is a certified golf teaching
professional and has been a member of the United States Golf Teaching
Federation since 2012.  He is very passionate about teaching children the
wonderful game of golf.  Jerry is a head coach for us and teaches 4 days a
week.  He also helps out at Knights Play golf center.
Katie Dunn
Head Coach (Tennis)

Katie joined the TGA team in the fall of 2017. She relocated to North Carolina in 2016 with her husband and 2 elementary age daughters. Katie started playing tennis when she was 5 and has loved it ever since! As a tennis coach Katie can combine her lifelong love of tennis and working with children. When she’s not playing/coaching tennis she’s helping families plan vacations as a travel concierge. She’s excited to share her love of tennis with the TGA families and help children develop tennis skills they can enjoy for the rest of their lives.

Christie Henry
Head Coach (Tennis)

Christie joined the TGA team in the summer of 2017.  Christie is an avid tennis player, playing currently on several local teams.  When she is not coaching tennis, there is a good chance you will find her competing on the courts around the triangle.  Christie has loved giving back and being able to teach younger children a game that they will enjoy for their entire lives.  Christie became a head coach right away and teaches tennis 4 days a week.  She is also a recreational golfer.

Kara Horton
Head Coach (Tennis)

Kara joined the TGA team in September of 2016 as an assistant coach for golf and tennis and just became a tennis head coach this season. She is originally from Kenosha, Wisconsin but moved to Raleigh for school. She is currently enrolled at Wake Technical Community College with the plan of transferring to NC State during the 2018-2019 school year. She is interested in majoring in elementary education so being able to teach tennis is a great way for her to gain experience. Kara also played on the varsity tennis team all through high school and continues to play today. Tennis is a passion that Kara has had since she was young and teaching children who are the same age as when she began puts excitement into her lessons. She wishes that she had the many opportunities that TGA offers when she was beginning to learn tennis.

Brad Newman
Head Coach (Tennis)

Brad joined TGA in the spring of 2017 with the idea to give back to the kids in the community the way sports did for him. He is originally from Kentucky until moving to North Carolina when he was 7 years old. From a young age, Brad played many sports, particularly soccer, tennis, and golf. He attended Mount Olive College, along with The University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he received the starting goal keeper position. After college, he began working with Merrill Lynch where he provides individuals and businesses with ongoing financial guidance. Brad strives to continually help his students understand how sports can positively impact their lives on and off the court, while helping them become the best tennis player they can be!

Bill Riordan
Head Coach (Tennis)

Recently retired, Bill has been playing tennis his entire life. Upon retirement, Bill became a JTT (Junior Team Tennis) for 10 & Under kids in Raleigh. Along with coaching tennis, Bill has coached youth soccer and baseball. While coaching his JTT team, Bill heard about the opportunity to coach with TGA. Joining the team in the spring of 2015, Bill became a head coach in July 2015.

Brian Solik
Head Coach (Tennis)

Brian joined the TGA team in the spring of 2015 as an assistant coach and was quickly promoted to a tennis head coach. Originally from New Jersey Brian relocated to North Carolina with his family in 2013. He is a USPTA certified professional with over 30 years’ experience teaching tennis to all ages and levels of play, from beginners to tournament players. Brian also owns his own independent financial firm, focused on developing wealth optimization strategies for his clients. In college he was the state of Michigan singles runner-up and doubles champion. Brian brings tremendous passion to his tennis instruction. He is proficient in teaching all strokes, spins and strategies necessary to become an advanced player. He loves teaching high-energy, fast moving group lessons, and is skilled in using a variety of fun and challenging drills. Brian really enjoys working with the children, seeing their improvement, and in giving them the foundation in the game that he loves!

Company History

2003

TGA launched its first Golf Enrichment Programs at six Los Angeles schools. TGA’s focus was to provide PK – 8th grade students with an opportunity to learn golf through an innovate 5 level after-school program. This program made golf affordable and accessible for children, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from schools, parents and students. TGA expanded its programs within Los Angeles area schools to accommodate the demands from students and parents who wanted a golf program within the safe, convenient environment of their schools. The curriculum also provided transition for students to go from their schools to programs at the golf course.

2004

TGA’s first camps and clinics were offered at golf courses. TGA also incorporated the expansion of physical fitness and education components as well as adding a character development initiative within its school programs.

2006

Golf professionals along with entrepreneurs began expressing their interest in the unique sustainable and scalable model of TGA. By the end of 2006, after three years of honing and improving the TGA business model and curriculums, TGA began offering geographically exclusive franchisees which became the TGA Premier Junior Golf Program now running throughout the United States.

2008

The USGA approved TGA’s curriculum under the rules of amateur status and TGA became National Partners with the After School Alliance and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

2009

TGA achieved its first ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and won two industry awards for Business Achievement and Player Development.

2010

Golf Magazine named TGA’s CEO, Joshua Jacobs to Golf’s 40 Under 40 list. TGA was named as one of 10 Best Franchise Deals around the world by Entrepreneur, along with jumping 131 spots in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking from #450 to #319. TGA was also termed the 4th best youth fitness franchise. TGA also formed the 501c3 TGA Sports Foundation, to be able to apply for grants and funding to serve under-resourced areas as well as mentally and physically disabled youth.

2011

TGA gained its 50th franchise along with having seven multiple franchise owners across the country. TGA also branched out into the sport of tennis, signing a National Partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA’s model is now being offered in both the golf and tennis industries and is known as a leading initiative to grow both sports while providing small business ownership and job opportunities. The TGA / USTA proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is solely used by TGA Franchises within schools. TGA works with USTA National along with USTA Sections, Districts and CTA’s to complete the Player Pathway and help feed the USTA’s adult and junior initiatives to grow the sport.

2012

TGA signs its first tennis franchise. TGA’s Youth Sports Franchise model is now one of the fastest at growing junior golf and youth tennis participation amongst 3-13 year olds. TGA’s motto is to Keep Swinging!® and we strive to provide all American youth with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis in a fun and educational environment.