Brian attended Essex Community College upon graduation from Curley in 1989, focusing on business administration with the intention of joining his father’s remodeling business. While he liked working with his dad and enjoys woodworking even today, he felt it was not the career he wanted. So he made a major turn in his life and enrolled in the PGA Golf Professional Training Program and finished in April 2000 as a Class A Member of the GPA of America. While working as an Assistant Golf Professional at Turf Valley, he passed the PGA Playing Ability Test.
He worked at various courses as an assistant pro and teaching pro until he landed what he called his “dream job” at The Club at Patriots Glen as the Head Professional. But then his dream got a little bigger, when the Head Professional job opened up at Mt. Pleasant, a course he grew up playing. Brian accepted that job in the spring of 2009 and he has been there since then. He explains: “I am now entering my 9th season at Mount Pleasant. It truly is like a home away from home. Working with so many people that were part of my development growing up, has been a lot of fun. I look forward to going to work. I love what I do and I love the challenges it brings daily. I have a large variety of duties, from running the pro-shop, to working with The First Tee of Greater Baltimore. I love the interactions with customers, the daily involvement with the operation, teaching the game of golf and playing the game of golf.”
Brian gets to work with a variety of people in his role as a teaching pro. “One of the things I am most proud of is working with a special needs young lady who wanted to play golf with her sister. She worked hard and was able to accomplish her goal.” Conducting clinics with other PGA Professionals with the Paralyzed Veterans Organization (PVO) has been a humbling experience for Brian. Reflecting on the experience he says: “Working with veterans of all ages, some with significant injures that have left them paralyzed or missing limbs, has been rewarding. Getting them to make contact with a golf ball is a challenge, but at that moment, they get a glimpse of their former self, before their injuries.” Brian took much satisfaction and pride in one of his student's growth from a junior golfer, to becoming one of the top amateur golfers in the state, then turning pro and winning the Maryland Open Golf Championship.
Such accomplishments, and his appreciation for his high school experience, make Brian an ideal choice for Curley’s new golf coach. “Curley taught me how to pursue my dreams,” he says. “To carve my path and enjoy the process. It taught me discipline, integrity and honor. Things I have tried to pass along to my son. It has also taught me to be competitive. To work hard for the things you want. The world is a competitive place and being prepared, coming out of Curley was a plus for me.“ Brian’s son, Erik '13, is also a Curley alumnus.
Brian uses what he learned from Mr. Popera’s business classes in his personal and professional life. He calls running Cross Country, Track and Indoor Track for Gene Hoffman “an unbelievable experience.” To say he is excited to be Curley’s golf coach is an understatement.
Brian and his fiancée Kelly are planning their wedding. He will be gaining two step daughters, Kelsie & Megan. We wish them well.
You can contact Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org .