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

Andrew Romano

Head Coach, Dove Valley Ranch location

As a former letterman at the University of Northern Colorado, Andrew brings an incredible level of competitiveness to the game of golf. He has spent two and a half years competing as a touring professional and has competed at all levels of the game as a junior and collegiate player. Andrew has a great understanding of the biomechanics of the golf swing, the intricacies of short game and putting, and he brings a wealth of knowledge to on-course situations. Andrew’s students have and will see their scores drop and their passion for the game increase 10 fold. He is eager to share his passion for the game by coaching at the Elite Golf Schools of Arizona.

Playing Resume:

  • Currently holds conditional status on the Asian Tour
  • 2018 Academic All-American
  • 2018 Big Sky Conference Individual and Team Champion
  • 2018 2nd Team All-Conference
  • 2018 Scholar Athlete of the Year
  • 2012 Colorado Junior Match Play Champion
Haily Abel Head Coach, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch location

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
Haily Abel Head Coach, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch location

Seth Heppner

Lead Coach, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch and Mountain Brook locations

Seth Heppner is native of Crookston, MN who has invested himself into the golf industry as both a teacher and player.  His knowledge, work ethic, and passion for the game ensure that his students move to the next level.  Golf has taught him a number of crucial lessons and provided countless experiences that have led to growth as a coach and relationship builder.

Seth joined the coaching staff at the University of Minnesota-Crookston as the Assistant Men’s and Women’s Golf Coach for five seasons following graduation.  While with the program, there were multiple individuals that posted personal bests under his guidance.  He has also worked alongside multiple touring professionals, helping to prep for upcoming events, while caddying at Whisper Rock Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ. Seth’s coaching experience at the college and professional level provides the tools needed to relate to each individual student and cater to their specific needs.

Playing Resume:

  • 2016 and 2018 Club Champion
  • 2016 All- Conference Team
  • 2016 Academic All-American
  • Two Career Collegiate Wins and over 10 top- 10’s
  • 5 year All- Minnesota State Team
  • Over 40 career Jr and High School individual wins
Haily Abel Head Coach, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch location

Coby Welch

Lead Coach, Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch and Mountain Brook locations

Coby made his professional debut in May of 2020 after a wonderful collegiate and junior career. He quickly made big waves by earning his first professional victory within the first month of relenting his amateur status. In only 6 months as a professional, Coby has 2 professional wins under his belt.

Based on his tremendous talent as a professional, Coby is an incredible asset to the academy as a playing and performance coach. Known for his incredible ball striking and course management, Coby provides his students with a vast array of various skills that lead to better golf and lower scores. He also enjoys providing a bridge between the true essence of the game and the life skills that are needed for the youth athletes enrolled in the academy.

Playing Resume:

  • Has competed in 2 USGA events
  • Big Sky Conference – Freshman Player of the Year
  • Big Sky Conference – First Team All-American
  • 2 Collegiate Individual Wins
  • Academic All-American
  • 2 Professional Victories
Kyle Carothers Lead Physical Trainer

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.

Howard Falco Mental Strength Coach

Howard Falco

Mental Strength Coach 

Howard is a peak performance coach, author and expert on personal excellence and potential. He is a “mindfulness” and mental strength coach to college and professional athletes (MLB, PGA Tour, NHL), and CEOs and corporate executives. Through his coaching Howard presents an empowering wisdom to individuals regarding how to be in the most powerful mental state and how to allow more of one’s natural talent to flow in order to achieve new breakthrough results. Taught are the keys to discovering what’s truly possible for any individual and exactly how to step into and embrace this new state of possibility. The result is more conscious and mindful control of the creative process of sport and life from this precious moment forward.
More information about Howard and his coaching can be found at www.TotalMindSports.com
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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