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Directors of Instruction

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KEVIN SMELTZ

DIRECTOR OF GOLF

Kevin Smeltz, our Top 100 Golf Magazine Director of Golf, oversees all of the instructional programs and is dedicated to hiring and training an elite group of coaches that supports the PGA of America Academies. Kevin, along with the PGA, has fined tuned the training curriculum for our programs and fit them to best suit the youth golfers' needs in China.

 

Working with some of the best in the game including Nick Price, Charles Howell III, and Na Yeon Choi, Kevin knows what it takes to produce a winner. Although he still works with several professional tour players, Kevin’s heart is in junior golf.

 

While under his instruction, Kevin’s students have achieved 22 wins on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, and Champions Tour. In addition to that, he has also coached many top amateurs and top-ranked juniors in the world rankings. Kevin has taught two U.S. Walker Cup team members, two No. 1-ranked college players, a No. 2-ranked college player, and many top-ranked juniors. Kevin has been awarded many accolades including being voted one of Golf Magazine’s Top 100 Teachers (2012-Present) and regularly contributing to golf magazines around the world.

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BOB PIERCE

DIRECTOR OF BASKETBALL

Coach Bob began his coaching career over 20 years ago as a middle school basketball coach in the US. Since that time he has coached high schoolers, university students, and professional athletes all over the world. His passion is for developing basketball players, young and old. Coach Bob’s extensive professional coaching experience includes Head Coach of Shenzhen’s CBA feeder team, Xin Sheng Wei Basketball, three years as Head Coach in Japan’s professional BJ-League and a stint as an Assistant Coach with the Japanese Senior National Team. Coach Bob is Five-Star Sports’ Director of Instruction and has headed up the development of our unique curriculum and coach’s training.

Top Credentials:

  • Five-Star Sports’ Director of Instruction

  • Asia Scout for Miami Heat

  • Asia scout for Cleveland cavaliers

  • Former Assistant Coach of Japan National Men's Team

  • Former Assistant Coach of China National Men’s U18 Youth Team

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MARCO POMPILI

DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL

Marco Pompili is an elite technical director who has developed academies with AC Milan in Japan, Perù, China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Russia. In each country, academies are grown thanks to the establishment and ongoing management of coach/player development programs.


Marco employs modern coaching methodologies of the Italian Football Federation to develop the Academies of AC Milan and to grow the skills and knowledge of the players. By living and working in different countries, Marco has learned new cultures and coaching techniques specific to youth. His passion for travel has helped him to adapt to the students he works with.

Marco's Academy Director licenses and qualifications include:
- FIGC Academy Director Pro
- UEFA B License
- UEFA C License
- Match Analyst Pro
- Degree in Sport Science

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BILL EASTBURN

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION - 

Bill is a former National Team Coach for the Hong Kong Tennis Association. One of only two GPTCA Level A and ATP Tour Certified professional tour coaches in Hong Kong, Bill is a Grand Slam credentialed professional tour coach with over 28 Grand Slam credentials and over 35-years’ experience on the WTA Tour, ITF Pro and Junior Circuits, including coaching top-50 players who represented their countries in Fed Cup, Davis Cup and the Olympic Games, as well as WTA Tour and ITF Pro Circuit title winners. He was the former Director of Player Development at The Palmer Academy at Saddlebrook, and the former Director and Head Coach for the Smash Tennis Academy in Cairo Egypt.

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JAMES LENTON

DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTION - BEIJING

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