Wally Gonzalez grew up in San Diego, CA where golf was not a popular sport in his family. He grew up playing many sports and eventually stumbled upon The First Tee of San Diego at the age of 12. With the help of the First Tee, he was able to practice, learn, and develop life and golf skills that he still uses today. Wally joined the GPC team in 2015 after graduating from the University of Hartford with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. He was a four-year member and two-time Cleveland/Srixon All-America Scholar of the Hartford Hawks Men’s D-1 Golf Program. Wally is currently certified in Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), Swing Catalyst, SAM PuttLab, K-Motion, and TrackMan and plans to continue learning while he is here. Wally is a part of the Golf Coaching staff as well as the GPC Custom Clubs team. His goal at GPC is to encourage and help junior athletes reach their potential in the game of golf while also keeping it fun. In his free time, Wally enjoys traveling, hanging out with friends, and spending time with his dog, Bao.Read More
Kyle Panek is a certified Sports Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and has been helping athletes achieve their performance goals on and off the playing field for over five years. He also holds certifications as a TPI Level One Coach as well as a Precision Nutrition Coach. Kyle attended Elms College in Chicopee, MA where he was a collegiate athlete, competing on the Elms College Golf Team. He grew up in Belchertown, MA playing sports throughout high school and college. Kyle decided to take that passion for sport and become a coach to help athletes feel better, move better and ultimately help athletes perform their best in the gym and on the course! During his off time, Kyle enjoys playing golf, workout sessions of his own and learning more about performance and exercise.Read More
Tyler Campbell has been with the GPC family approximately five years and has seen the business grow into the world-class facilities that are offered today. Before his time at GPC, Tyler studied Exercise Physiology and Aquatic Therapy at West Virginia University, where he earned his degree in 2011. While finishing school, Tyler simply made a list of “things he loved” and strived to combine a few of those passions into a career; helping others, his studies, and the sport of golf, leading to a career that has been fulfilling, challenging, and motivating day in and day out. Tyler has been improving athlete’s physical function and athletic performance for the benefit of their golf swing for close to 10 years now and has worked with golfers of all ages and abilities. Tyler holds TPI Fitness Level 3 certification and is certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. His goal is to help you move better, feel better, and ultimately play better golf! In his free time, Tyler loves spending time with his friends and family, working out, and touring the local back roads on his motorcycle.Read More
Dennis Hillman (Director of Coaching) grew up in Rye, NY in a family with two older brothers who went on to play D-1 college golf. He began playing golf at the age of four and began competing at eight years old. During his junior career, Dennis achieved AJGA All American honors twice, along with a runner-up finish in the 1990 US Junior championship, which included a win over Tiger Woods. Dennis then went on to play at Tulsa University and achieved All-American honors as a senior, and also maintained the ranking of 3rd amateur in the country by Golfweek for several months from 1994 to 1995.
As a professional, Dennis competed on several mini tours between 1996 and 2000 before settling down with his family. He spent a few years in the financial services industry before returning to golf to become a club professional. In 2006, Dennis became a Class A PGA professional, and began focusing his energy on coaching full time, ultimately deciding to go on his own after several years as the teaching professional at Pelham CC. Before coming to the Golf Performance Center in July of 2014, Dennis had started a Golf Academy at Oxford Greens GC in Oxford, CT.
Dennis is now a TPI-certified coach with extensive knowledge of the Golfing Machine and junior golf development. He is passionate about helping golfers better understand the developmental process required to improve, and helping guide them through that challenging but rewarding process.Read More