Meet the Team

Derek Klemish
Chapter Director (Golf & Tennis)

Derek is pursuing his passion for sports by bringing top quality programs to the local community for everyone to enjoy. Derek grew up in Florida engaged in all sports, but golf and tennis took his focus and became his favorites quickly. He competed in junior golf tournaments throughout his childhood and eventually on his high school varsity team. But it was with tennis where he found his love. He excelled quickly and became a local story being undefeated on his high school tennis team. Derek also earned a top 3 ranking in the U.S.A in USTA boys 16’s and 18’s divisions. Not wanting to stop competing, he pursued his dream to compete with the professionals on the ATP tour. After only a couple months, Derek earned his first point making his name on the world rankings list on the ATP tour. He proceeded to compete for the next 5 years on some of the world’s biggest stages including the U.S Open, Wimbledon, Cincinnati Open, Miami’s Nasdaq and more across the globe.

After his days of competing were over, he started a family and has devoted his time to providing youth athletic programs. Derek became the head tennis professional at his local club in Florida, coached nationally ranked junior tennis players and he continued his education becoming certified as a USPTA certified coach, youth fitness coach and strength and conditioning knowing just how impactful fitness is for our children. His passion is clear and you can feed off his energy in classes!

“I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to run such amazing programs where players of all levels can learn these great sports and increase their athleticism. Not only do we focus on the sports aspect, but the individual themselves with important life skills that are carried not only on the court but off the court as well. There’s no better career in the world!” Derek Klemish

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 2017 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.

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.”

Joy Cooper
Tennis Head Coach

Joy has a passion for children and tennis!  She is a NC native and joined TGA in 2018. With a Masters degree in Education, she has volunteered countless hours over the past 20 years to enrich the lives of children at her church and her children’s schools.  Additionally, Joy is on several USTA tennis teams in Raleigh. She is married to a wonderful husband and has three kids!

Leigh Magee
Head Tennis Coach

Tennis coach Leigh Magee has loved tennis since a very young age, falling for the cool skirts and a snazzy orange racket! She played on North Buncombe High School’s Boy’s tennis team, as they did not yet have a girls team, and has played for fun all of her adult life. With her children Alexander & Katherine grown and out of the home, Leigh has turned her enthusiasm toward the elementary-aged tennis players at TGA. Having taught kid’s fitness and being a certified Wake County public school substitute teacher, your young ones are in good hands in Coach Leigh’s classes. She begins warm-ups with a little yoga, and always stresses the weekly character traits in addition to the lessons. She loves introducing a life-long sport to young players. Leigh has been playing USTA team tennis in Raleigh for over 15 years, and has been with TGA since August of 2018.

Amy Sikorski
Tennis Head Coach

Born and raised in New Jersey and relocated to North Carolina in 1998.  An avid tennis player in the Cary area and mom of two teenagers.  Passionate about working with kids and spreading the love of the game.  Have previously worked with children ages Kindergarten through middle school in USTA Junior tennis programs.  It’s such a great feeling to see a child hit their shot for the first time and watching their eyes light up!

Darrel Johnson
Golf Head Coach

. Darrel Johnson is a retired Army Officer that has lived in Raleigh for more than 20 years. He is married with three children, (All former college athletes) and two grandchildren. His most memorable job was as the Senior JROTC instructor at Millbrook High School, where he helped hundreds of kids find their path in life. He has played golf since he was 5 years old and now in his retirement he enjoys bringing his love of the game to the youth in our communities. We are so happy to have Darrel coach the game of golf.

Patrick Daly
Golf Head Coach

“Patrick, originally from Fishkill, New York, has been living in Wake County since 1994. He attended UNCW and earned his teaching certificate in K-6 and Mathematics 6-9 grades. He has taught at the elementary, middle, and high school levels as well as coached both girl’s Varsity basketball and boy’s golf. He and his wife have a teenage daughter and two dogs. His favorite hobbies are traveling, surfing, and playing as much golf as possible. He is very passionate about teaching the game of golf to people of all ages and skill levels.”

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.

2017

TGA launches a third franchise opportunity that includes 6 team-based sports: cheerleading, flag football, floor hockey, lacrosse, ultimate, and volleyball.

2018

TGA celebrates its 15th anniversary and impacting over 775,000 children through sports programs across the U.S. and Canada.

2019

TGA debuts enhanced franchise structure to stay in line with the latest market trends and industry standards.

2020

TGA launches a virtual sports program to help our youth to Keep Playing!® at home.

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