André started his teaching career 24 years ago (1989) in Sarasota, Florida. In 2003, André became one of the few PGA Master Teaching Professionals in the country. His extensive background in psychology led A André to being one of the four developers of the first authentic Golf IQ assessment. Extracting information from his research, André educated PGA professionals from around the country for the PGA of America.
André’s PGA awards include Junior Golf Leader, Teacher of the Year (2 times), Horton Smith Award (for education) and The Bill Strausbaugh Award (integrity, character, and distinguished service). Grouped with World Hall of Fame Teacher, Bob Toski and the former coach to Tiger Woods’, Hank Haney, André was selected as one of the top 50 Teachers in America by Golf Range Magazine. He is also recognized as one of America's Top 50 Teachers in the country by USKids Golf.
Aside from knowing how to teach the golf swing, André is known by many elite golfers as a mind coach. Some local champions that André coaches include Mike Bell, Domenico Geminiani, and Joey Lamielle. In 2006, Bell won the United States Senior Amateur Championship. Domenico Geminiani, was the #1 ranked junior in USA and Italy in 2009 and is presently the youngest player to ever play on the European tour (The Italian Open, 2010 & 2011). Local stand out, Joey Lamielle, played in the 2008 US Open at Torey Pines, and the 2011 US Open at Congressional. He has been working with André on all facets of his game since 2000.
“Putting On Smiles” is a program that André developed and initiated at various Children’s Hospitals around the state of Florida. This