Our Team

Meet the Coaches at Elite Golf Schools of Arizona

Riley Andrews, founder and golf coach in Gilbert, Arizona

Riley Andrews

Founder & Director of Instruction

As the Founder of EGS, Riley constantly works with the coaches of EGS to better improve each students’ understanding of the effective systems needed to shoot lower scores and improve. By understanding these systems, it becomes easier for players to understand what it takes to become a great player. He is a firm believer in “practicing with the purpose to improve one’s ability to score.” He also has extensive background in sports psychology, muscle dynamics, and biomechanics. The blending of his knowledge of the mind and body accompanied with his playing experience will ensure that all players enrolled at EGS reach their goals and aspirations.

Playing Resume:

  • Playing professional for 2.5 years with one career win
  • 2011 Athlete of the Year at University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • 2007 (September) Athlete of the Week, University of Colorado – Boulder
  • One Career Collegiate Win and over 15 top-10’s
  • 2004 CHSAA 5A Colorado State Championship Medalist
  • 2005 Colorado Junior Stroke Play Champion
  • Low Round in Competition, 63

Haily Abel

Head Coach, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch location

Haily brings her passion for golf and coaching to Elite Golf Schools of Arizona. Through her knowledge and experience playing competitive golf accompanied with her coaching background, she understands the principles and strategies needed to be a successful player, from both a mental and physical outlook. Haily’s ability to use proper training techniques with each student with help all players improve and reach their greatest potential.

Playing Resume:

  • North Dakota All-State high school team, 4 years
  • University of North Dakota 4 year letter winner
  • Placed 2nd in college event in 2018
  • 10 top-10 finishes in Minnesota Junior PGA
  • 5 wins in Minnesota Junior PGA
Tyler Bishop Golf Coach in Mesa, Arizona

Kasey Claussen

Assistant Coach, Trilogy GC at Power Ranch location

Kasey brings her passion for golf and growing the game to Elite Golf Schools of Arizona with an experienced golf background and a love for coaching. Through her knowledge and experience of competitive golf, she strives to inspire every student to improve and perform to reach their potential. She understands the dynamics of the golf swing and the importance of developing students on and off the golf course.

Playing Resume:

  • 1st team All-Conference in High School ’05, ’06
  • 6 top 10 finishes in Senior Season at Colorado State University
  • Mountain West Conference All-Conference team in 2009
  • Ranked 18th in the nation for par 3 scoring average in 2009
  • Placed 2nd in Cactus Tour event in 2016
  • Low Round in competition, 67

Kyle Carothers

Lead Physical Trainer 

As the current owner of Power Stroke Fitness, Kyle brings a wealth of passion, knowledge and experience in the area of strength and conditioning for rotational athletes, specifically golfers. Following a career in baseball, Kyle immersed himself into the strength and conditioning world working several years as first a personal trainer then a strength and conditioning coach while becoming certified in both by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA). With Kyle’s divergent and unique experiences as an athlete and as a coach, he returned to the world of strength and conditioning and discovered a new passion, golf. This led him to a certification through the Titleist Performance Institute (sponsored by the golf company Titleist dedicated to improving strength and conditioning specifically for golfers). Since his certification last April, Kyle started his business, Power Stroke Fitness, and has dedicated himself to learning everything that he can about ways to improve power, efficiency, consistency, and performance for golfers of all ages.  Kyle’s ultimate vision is to not only improve the game, but also the lives of all players through the medium of golf fitness.

Samantha Hernandez

Assistant Coach

Sam brings her love for the game, experience, and coaching to Elite Golf Schools of Arizona to guide more young athletes to join the sport. Through her experience, Sam makes fundamentals and development fun and engaging. Sam has learned the potential, work ethic and dynamics of golf, no matter the age.

Playing Resume:

  • 6 top-10 finishes at Mesa Community College
  • 3 tournament wins at MCC
  • All-Conference 2016 RMAC
  • Scoring average of 76 at Western New Mexico University
  • 2016 and 2018 Arizona Short Course Champion
Shelby Phillips Women

Shelby Phillips

Assistant Coach

As an assistant coach, Shelby ensures the competitive advancement of all juniors enrolled in our programming. Although Shelby provides valuable experiences for junior players at a competitive level, she also is a certified Elite Golf Schools of Arizona instructor. Her impressive golf resume speaks for itself and her insights ensure the progression of her students.

Playing Resume:

  • Ranked as the #2 Player in AZ, #116 Golfweek in 2009
  • 2007 & 2009 PGA Junior Series Player of the Year
  • Earned Full-Ride Scholarship to the University of Iowa
  • Low Round in Competition, 67

212 is our culture

At 211 degrees water is hot. Very hot! However, at 212 degrees water boils. When it boils it creates steam and with steam you can move a locomotive. It is our belief that every coaching session should bring this same attitude. It is, quite literally, that extra degree that every EGS coach is constantly striving to provide to each student we are lucky enough to coach. We feel privileged and humbled to coach you in this wonderful game.

– Riley Andrews, Founder Elite Golf Schools of AZ

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