In 2001, John retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years of honorable service. John moved from Southern California in 2003, he has been involved with the First Tee organization since 2005. He was a volunteer coach, received First Tee Coach Recognition in 2009. Prior to that, he was a golf professional at Modesto Municipal, Dryden Park and Creekside golf courses from 2003 to 2005. John is currently our Executive Director.  He provides leadership and direction for our chapter. He is Certified Chapter Trainer in First Tee Network . John has a daughter “Chanel” nineteen years old.  email:  office: 209-544-1780


 Kayla Michele Deigan is a Modesto native, having attended and played golf for Fred C. Beyer High School (2006-2009) and Modesto Junior College (2009-2010). Kayla has been working in the golf industry for over 11 years, starting with volunteering at the junior golf clinics at her local driving range at the age of 16. She worked her way up to management, but knew she wanted to give back to the golf community in another way. First Tee – Central Valley came in at the perfect time! Becoming ACT Certified, she began coaching the Player level at NorCal Performance Golf Center and became a Level I Lead Coach in 2016. In 2018, Grey went on to become a Level II Lead Coach and became a Certified Golf Coach / Club Fitter with US Kids Golf. Kayla is our Program Manager. Kayla resides in Modesto with her husband Chad and newborn son, Conner and pit bull, Mac. Email:

 Pader Her – LPGA apprentice & Golf INSTRUCTOR 

Pader is a LPGA Apprentice. She has years of experience in the golf industry allowing her the insight needed to be an effective teaching golf professional and junior golf coach. She has previous experience as a volunteer coach at The First Tee Akron and as a student athlete who has competed in Division 1 women’s collegiate golf at The University of Akron.  She can relate to many junior golfers and their aspirations to achieve their personal and professional goals.  She utilizes her teaching and coaching skills to help junior camp attendees get better at the game of golf. As a LPGA Teaching Professional Apprentice,  She has worked with many diverse and demographic groups of population such as, youth, juniors, adults, seniors, and international students.

John Campbell – Recognized First Tee Coach

John C. is a recognized First Tee Coach.  He is assigned as Program location site manager for Merced/Atwater.  He has built a great relationship with Merced G.C.C and Rancho Del Rey G.C.   His favorite things to do is spend time with family and friends.   What he loves most about The First Tee is “Incorporating values that will last a lifetime!”   John is married to Cheryl and has a son Scotty in The First Tee.

CHARLES SHAMGOCHIAN – Recognized first tee coach

Charles is a recognized First Tee Coach.  He is the assistant site manager for Merced/Atwater location.  Charles loves spending time at the course and with family members.  He is retired and spends alot of his time coaching the kids in the program.


shirley GAHM – recognized first tee coach

Shirley is a recognized First Tee Coach since 2006. She enjoys playing golf at Spring Creek and being a part of the ladies club golf group there.  She mentors our Eagle certified participants through ACE level to become certified nationally by First Tee Headquarters.

Diane Pohl – Level II first tee coach

Hi, I’m Diane Pohl and I first learned about First Tee – Central Valley in 2011 when a neighbor was serving as board president.  As a retired person, I was searching for purpose in what I could do with my time and wanted to work with an organization in which my contributions would make a difference.  The mission of The First Tee mirrors the values I find important and I volunteered as a coach 2013. Helping youngsters grow into confident, responsible, respectful people while teaching them core values and life skills through the game of golf has not only given me greater purpose but has filled my heart in ways I couldn’t have imagined.  Through the years, I’ve increased my coaching skills through the First Tee coaching program and am now a Level II coach which means I can conduct programming for children in the Player through Birdie levels. In addition to coaching, I help the executive staff by serving as their volunteer coordinator. Besides my work with First Tee – Central Valley, I enjoy golfing with friends at my home course, Oakdale Golf & Country Club, spending time with my grandchildren and traveling with husband, Bill.