Meet our Staff
Darren May (Founder/Head Coach) is a British PGA Member and a student of the game, through and
through. It didn’t take long for Darren to become involved in all aspects of the game, from
club-fitting to consulting on technical preciseness.
Darren is an expert golf coach. Born in London, England, he spent much of his earlier years observing both players
and coaches at the highest level of golf on —the PGA Tour and European Tour. A British PGA member, his in depth knowledge
of swing mechanics, equipment and human movement optimization allows his players the ability to achieve the required repeatable
swing dynamics needed for maximum performance thus enabling them to compete at the highest level. The combination of his strategy and
mental process along with his unique and diverse skill set make him a coach that is sought after by Tour Pros and amateurs looking to get to the next level.
Darren has been a speaker at both international and domestic educational seminars for the golf industry. His analytical
approach to golf using analysis and preparation led him to be the world’s first coach to use Trackman as an integral part
of overall game improvement.
For the past 4 years Darren has used ‘ShotLink’ data to coach his Tour players including Kevin Streelman,
Camilo Villegas and Cameron Tringale. The available data is used to identify the level of their skill set and
determine clear targeted pathways for improvement allowing them the ability to successfully execute their goals.
As the Director of Instruction at The Bear’s Club working for 18 time major winner Jack Nicklaus, Darren has been
afforded a keen and valuable insight on what is needed to become a winner, both on and off the course.
Vern McMillan (Founder/Performance Coach) Vern has dedicated his career to teaching and
assisting athletes to reach their peak performance. Born in the Australian outback, he moved to Melbourne to pursue a career
in Coaching and Human Movement. During this time, Vern noticed that Sports Science and Elite Coaching was riddled with
subjective traditions. As a result he felt compelled to bring a scientifically-accountable strategy to the field.
Over a 15 year period while successfully training Olympians, he backed up every decision with the goal of: winning a gold
medal. Vern was involved in every step of the training process during each four year Olympic period, determining the most
effective scientific strategy to produce the desired goal. Every aspect of preparation was identified, analyzed and tested
for its effect on the performance of each individual athlete.
Eventually, Vern’s pursuit of elite performance methods resulted in research to establish “the effect of repetitive
motor patterns on performance”. This discovery proved vital across all athletic endeavors, but especially in golf,
a game that had not embraced advanced technology and research with regard to its approach to player preparation and practice.
Using his years of training elite athletes he applied this new methodology to successfully train PGA Tour players such as Robert
Allenby (22 years), Stuart Appleby (22yrs), Geoff Ogilvy (15yrs), Aaron Baddeley(10yrs), Ernie Els (10yrs to current) and Adam
Scott (5yrs). To date, Vern has successfully trained 700+ elite athletes representing 28 different sports. His attention to detail
and elite attitude enabled him to be one of the most respected coaches in his field today.
Marc Solda (President/CEO) Marc is responsible for the operations and all business divisions,
including EBC Elite Training, throughout the world.
Marc was previously President of Plastic Solutions, where he developed and implemented strategic growth strategies for
leading F500 companies. Prior to this, Marc led radar tracking technology into the golf world as President of FlightScope/EDH Sport.
This technology laid the foundation for the present day understanding of ball flight analysis which led
the improvement in club fitting, ball fitting and most importantly teaching.
Marc has enjoyed a long career in business development and operations. He started 30 years ago in the manufacturing sector where his
focus was in engineering and sales. His analytical disciplined approach to challenges combined with a keen knowledge of six sigma,
optimization and dynamic programming provided profitable solutions in various industries for clients seeking their next level of success.
He is a graduate of Villanova University, BSG- mechanical engineering.
Martin S. Rifkin (Partner) is one of the founding partners of North River Capital LLC, an equity capital firm based in Fort Wayne,
Indiana. Until 2008, he had been Executive Vice President of Non-Ferrous for OmniSource Corporation. The privately held firm
was one of the largest scrap metal companies in North America. Over 23 years, Martin was instrumental in the development and
growth of OmniSource’s wire chopping and recycling business segment, which grew to be the largest single processor in North America.
Born in Fort Wayne in 1960, Martin graduated Magna Cum Laude with a business degree from Boston University in 1982 and graduated J.D.
Cum Laude from Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, DC, in 1985. He served on the board of Compass Environmental;
a Chicago based environmental remediation and land development firm, until its sale in November 2007.
Martin is an avid competitive amateur golfer. Recent accomplishments include participation in the 2010 and 2012 US Mid-Amateur
competitions and the 2010 and 2012 US Senior Open competitions.
Bill Davis is a Master Professional and 39 year member of PGA who is considered by his peers a “game” coach. Over his career Bill has focused on developing and measuring the required skill sets needed for lowering players scores. This expertise has allowed Bill the opportunity to work and create success with many well know juniors, amateurs and tour players. Having a complete understanding and disciplined approach centered around teaching and training these necessary skills allows him to maintain a loyal following and be highly sought after.
These achievements have led Bill to frequently appear both on GOLF Magazine and Golf Digest top teachers list as well as haven spoken at over forty seminars for the PGA.
Jamie Hurless is a (3) time All American, Ohio native, graduate of Methodist University PGM program. He started his career under Dr. Jim Suttie and then spent several years at the Pinehurst Golf Advantage School under Eric Alpenfels. From there Jamie worked at the Jim McLean Golf School at Doral where he coached several PGA Tour players. As director of instruction at Glen Oaks Club, Jamie has worked with beginners to Tour players.
A certified Trackman user for the past 7 years, master club fitter and builder, Jamie is considered amongst his peers a leader in applying technology to promote efficient changes for the golfer.
Dr. Tom LaFountain started work on the PGA Tour in 1997 and founded Professional Sports Care withthe mission to educate golfer’s on why knowing your body is vital to a successful and long golf career. His evaluations of spinal biomechanics, treatments and rehabilitation, as it relates to overuse injury and/or acute episodes, has been his responsibility to the PGA golfer since his first tournament at the Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles, California.
Dr. Tom LaFountain has provided chiropractic sports medicine services at over 150 PGA tournaments including (14) Masters tournaments, (14) PGA Championship events, (14) U.S. Opens, (7) British Opens, (6) Ryder Cups, (6) President Cups and over 12,000 treatments. He is currently the director of chiropractic services for the PGA Tour, a position he has held since 1997.
Prior to PGA involvement Dr. Tom LaFountain has served as
Team physician for the U.S. Speedskating Team at the World Cup Championships in Berlin, Germany; Warsaw, Poland; Haranveen, Holland; and Albertville, France from 1991-1993
Team Chiropractic physician for U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team at the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillihammer, Norway
Team physician for U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team at the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France
U.S. Olympic Committee Volunteer Team Physician, U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Michael Robinson has spent the previous (5) winters at The Bears Club under the tutelage of Darren May. His summers are spent at the Shelter Harbor Golf Club. Michael was recognized by the Rhode Island Golf Association and awarded the 2012 RI Junior Golf Leader, based on his dedication to growing the game and his ability to coach and train students of all ages and ability.
A degree in Business Management and Psychology from Bryant University paired with his PGA Class A membership allows him to succinctly identify the corrective pathway needed for players to reach their goals.
Juan Gomez (Player Development Latin America) born in Colombia, started his career as the assistant at the Doral Golf & Spa Resort in 1999, where his focus was designing and building golf clubs. In 2001, Juan moved to La Quinta, California where he worked as lead technician at the Jim McLean Golf School. He later returned back to Doral as director of club fitting at the McLean Golf School.
In 2010 Juan started Prestige Golf located in Miami, FL. His company quickly became the one stop place for expert advice and equipment. Juan’s client list is a who’s who of leading players on the PGA, LPGA and mini tours as well as many other professional athletes and stars. In 2011 Prestige Golf became the official Club Fitter for the Evian Masters in France.
Ernie Els has 70 professional career victories to his name, including four Major Championships, two World Golf Championships and seven
World Matchplay titles. He is ranked No.1 in all-time career earnings on the European Tour (stat from the end of the 2013 season)
As a former World No.1 Ernie is one of the most prolific winners of his generation and the global reach of his victories is almost without
parallel. Ernie has triumphed in tournaments in South Africa, Europe, the US, Asia, the Far East, the Middle East and Australasia. Ernie was
inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2011 and the South African Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.
Ernie was born in South Africa on 17 October 1969. As a youngster, he was outstanding in cricket, rugby and tennis. At the age of 13 he won
a significant regional tennis event, the Eastern Transvaal Junior Championships. A year later, aged 14 and playing off a scratch handicap,
Ernie won the World Junior Golf Championship in San Diego, California, beating Phil Mickelson into second place. Ernie was just 16 years old
when he formally competed against professional golfers. He was awarded his Junior Springbok colours in 1984, the State President Sports Award
in 1987, and in 1988 his full Springbok colours. He turned professional in 1989.
Ernie is married to Liezl and they reside in Florida with their two children, Samantha and Ben.
Frank Nobilo, born in Auckland, New Zealand, had a successful playing career, winning 15 pro tournaments around the world. He was at his peak during the mid-1990s when he also produced strong finishes in all four major championships.
Since retiring from professional golf in 2002 due to injury, Frank started his broadcasting career in 2004 and has worked as an analyst for the Golf Channel's Champions Tour and PGA Tour coverage. His wealth of knowledge from playing experience combined with a keen insight into players performance makes him a valuable asset to our team.