Instructors

EricEric Kasperowicz
NHJGA Program Director - Pittsburgh North Golf Course

Eric was a four-year starter at Quarterback and Safety for North Hills High School and led them to their first A.A.A.A. WPIAL and Pennsylvania State Championship.  He was named Parade All-American, Pennsylvania State AAAA Player of the Year, and was the Quarterback in the prestigious Big 33 All-Star game.  Coach Kasperowicz was highly recruited out of high school and chose the University of Pittsburgh where he was a four year letterman and two year starter at linebacker.  In 1998 he graduated with his Masters Degree in Arts in Teaching from Pitt.  Eric was recently bestowed with a great honor--voted the All-Time Greatest Player in Western Pennsylvania (WPIAL) history by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review beating out 100 years of NFL greats from the region like Mike Ditka, Dan Marino, Tony Dorsett, and LaVar Arrington.  Eric is currently in his 16th year as a health & physical education teacher at North Hills High School and in his 3rd year as the Head Football Coach at Pine-Richland High School.  Last season Eric led his team to a WPIAL Championship, an undefeated regular season and the Rams played in the state title game.  Eric is a golf, sports and outdoor enthusiast who was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area.  He is passionate about working with children and sharing with them his knowledge and many years of experience.  Eric has also been running the ekfootballcamp, which is a non-contact, youth football camp in the area, for 20 years.  Eric is married to Jennifer, they have 3 children; Ella 8, Eric 5, Emlyn 3.  In his free time, he enjoys fishing, golfing and hanging out with his family.

instructor lisJohn Brough
Director of Golf Operations & Certified  Teaching Professional

Head Golf Coach - Shaler Area High School

John is currently in his 10th year as a 4th grade teacher at Shaler Elementary School and is in his 3rd year as the Head Boys' Varsity Golf Coach for the Shaler Area Golf Team.  He is married and has three beautiful children all under the age of 9.  John is an avid golfer who was born and raised in Butler.  He is a member of The United States Golf Teachers Federation and has been providing golf instruction for 10 years.  John enjoys working with adults and children of all ages.  John has helped hundrededs of golfers in the Pittsburgh area and still enjoys playing golf at a competitive level. 

 

Jamie DJamie DeWeese
Instructor-North Hills High School Head Golf Coach

Jamie DeWeese is currently in his 14th year at North Hills where he teaches 9th grade American Studies.  Jamie has been the North Hills Varsity Golf Coach for the past 9 years, producting one team section championship and advancing two players to the PIAA state individual tournament.  In addition to North Hills, Jamie has been involved in the golf industry for 31 years, primarily as a caddie at Highland Country Club, where he applied his trade for both local professionals and amateur golfers.  Jamie also spent 5 years as Highland's Caddie Master in the late 1990's.  In addition to golf, Jamie coached amateur ice hockey for the past nine years, winning a PAHL Midget Championship with an undefeated season in 2009-2010.  In his spare time, Jamie enjoys spending time with his wife Rose and two kids, Jake and GiGi biking the hills of Beaver County, and playing ice hockey with both his son and friends.  During February, Jamie ventures to Eagle River Wisconsin where his team has won the National Pond Hockey Championship in the 30+ Bronze Division in both 2010 and 2011.

LarryLarry Dorenkamp
Instructor-North Hills High School Assistant Golf Coach

 Larry is an 8th grade social studies teacher at North Hills Middle School and has been serving as teh JV Golf Coach for the past 10 years.  In addition, he has taught lessons for the NHJGA since it's inception.  Larry teaches our Wednesday morning classes and enjoys working with young golfers.  His passion for junior golf is evident in his teaching.  Larry resides in the North Hills with is wife.  

 

 

 

 

Samantha Smyers

Head Golf Instructor North Park Location

 Samantha is the Varsity Women’s Golf Coach at Shaler Area High School, where one of her players advanced to the WPIAL Individual Championships and will be playing at the collegiate level. Currently, Samantha works for Shaler Area School District and has her Masters in Teaching from Waynesburg University. She is a volunteer with the Hearth Organization and is a member of the Hearth Golf Committee. Samantha is a graduate of Shaler Area High School, where she played on the men’s golf team for three years. During her senior year at Shaler, she was instrumental in creating the women’s golf program. She continued her golf career at Saint Francis University for her freshman and sophomore years. Samantha finished her undergraduate degree at La Roche College with a major in Political Science. In addition to golf, Samantha enjoys running, hiking and listening to music.