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
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Wally Gonzalez joined the GPC team in 2015 after graduating from the University of Hartford with a degree in Business Management and Marketing. Wally was a four-year member and two-time Cleveland/Srixon All-America Scholar of the Hawks Men’s D-1 Golf Team. He is currently TPI-certified and is looking towards learning more about the golf game through the PGA Program and TPI certifications. Wally is a First Tee of San Diego Alum, where he spent a substantial amount of time learning the game as well as volunteering to teach their life and golf skills until he moved to Ridgefield, CT from San Diego, CA, where his parents and younger brother Will still reside.Read More
Alex Hume developed a passion for competitive golf at an early age, competing in tournaments at age 10. In high school, Alex’s desire to play developed into a passion to grow the game and help others improve. He attended Campbell University’s Golf Management program in Buies Creek, NC, where he received a BA in Business Administration. Alex has 12 years of experience throughout six different states, including tournament operations and golf coaching. He has been a member of the PGA since 2012 and joined the GPC team in 2018 as Tournament Director. Alex is excited and dedicated to helping Academy Members reach their goals in both life and the game of golf. In his free time, Alex enjoys traveling, spending time with friends, skiing, motorsports, and of course, golf!Read More
Dennis Hillman (Director of Golf) 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
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
Roger Knick, Sports Performance Specialist/ Entrepreneur, has spent his entire 20+ year career developing and refining his knowledge and practical application of coaching. He has applied CFMS to his PGA, TPI Level 3 Fitness, TPI Junior Level 3 and K-Motion Biomechanics, Paul Chek Biomechanics for Golf certifications to his educational background of exercise science from Elon University. His clients include aspiring high school athletes and collegiate athletes as well as PGA, LPGA, NHL, MLB, NBA and NFL players. Roger’s ability to coach many different levels is due to his diverse background in sports and the understanding that “function dictates form.” As a former division one athlete and professional athlete, he has a deep understanding of his clients’ goals, objectives and how to work with them to make it happen.
Roger has written many articles and is in the throes of writing several books, The 5 Elements of Success Principles, The Best Golfer Ever Built and A Bird’s Eye View of College Golf.
Roger is the founder and operator of The Golf Performance Center, LLC, Junior Golf Hub, LLC and Founder/Executive Director of the GPC Foundation, Inc. (Giving Young People a Chance) in Ridgefield, CT.
Originally from Danville, VA, Roger currently lives in Ridgefield with his family.
What Propelled Roger Knick in the Golf Industry:
I began down this road of performance development after being inspired by a golf coach who told me that I was not good enough to participate at the highest level of competition due to lack of skills and knowledge. Reflecting on how coaching can be better for golfers and athletes, I was inspired to create a system that would represent all the elements of success. I developed our “5 Elements of Success Principles” to encourage athletes to follow their passion and desire to improve, to find and develop good coaching/mentor relationships, to instill a physical and nutritional understanding that “function dictates form”, mental aspects of game, learning how to deal with failure, striving to have a curious and open mind to developing, and having the right equipment for the task at hand. I have applied these elements not only to golf but to life as well. I strive to create a culture of infinite learning, versus learning to be fixed.
This life lesson helped me understand a very simple principle — everyone’s journey is different, and everyone needs to learn how to run their own race. With my purpose clear I felt it was important for me develop lectures in the field of sports performance for everyone from competitive and aspiring junior athletes to active competitive adults. I have been fortunate to serve as a consultant to many players and universities on golf, basketball, hockey, and baseball performance develop.