coach Leighann Albaugh, PGA


Professional Career:


Coaching & Playing Highlights

Coaching “Kids” Age 2 to 92

I believe that my role as a coach and instructor is to inspire, motivate and support people to realize their fullest potential. My goal is to help my students understand a basic framework for how the golf swing works. In this, they learn basic cause & effect relationships that exist within their golf swing; the cause of an errant shot and what to change when those shots occur. My collegiate coaching background is reflected in my ‘coaching mindset.’ All swing changes are ones that are implemented to make impact more powerful, consistent AND can be “played through.” Students will not depart the lesson tee feeling like they are starting from scratch (unless of course, they are and that’s okay too).

As an instructor with a coaching mindset, I have the unique opportunity to mentor and develop my students’ game from a global aspect. This not only includes teaching more efficient swing mechanics, but course management, creating efficient practice, goal setting, finding competitive platforms, mental training, managing emotions, fitness and nutrition. The golf course is the best classroom for learning and I utilize it to teach my students how to play the game of golf, not just how to efficiently swing the golf club (in the collegiate coaching world, we call this “golfing your ball.”) I believe that it is extremely important for every golfer from those who are new to the game to single digit handicappers to find a platform (regular weekly group, league, set of scheduled tournaments, or tour) on which to compete.

Everyone needs something to inspire them to practice and a measure of progress based on peer group comparison. Having studied learning, my students are advised about the learning process and how to approach implementing any new task efficiently. Clear communication is vital to the learning process the Individuals and I believe in tailoring the communication style to the student. I consider all of my students, ranging in age from 2 – 92 to be members of my “team.”

Continuing Education

Leighann believes in a commitment to lifelong learning and continuous self improvement in order to coach her students and players to reach their full potential. The list below is proof that she lives the statement:

  • Attended Plane Truth Instructor Summit (October 2022)
  • Spoke at MAPGA Chapter Meeting (September 2022) 
  • Spoke at Caves Valley Spring Teaching Summit (May 2022)
  • Attended MAGPA Teaching & Coaching Summit (February 2022)
  • Attended GolfMagazine Top 100 Teacher Summit (December 2021)
  • Attended FlatStick Summit (December 2019)
  • AimPoint Certification (December 2019)
  • Attended Golf Magazine Top 100 Summit (November 2019)
  • Attended MAPGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (November 2019)
  • Attended PlaneTruth Summit (October 2019)
  • Attended numerous Discover Golf Seminars (2019-present)
  • Attended & Presented at Flatstick Academy Seminar (December 2018)
  • Attended MAPGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (November 2018)
  • Attended Flatstick Level 2 Academy Certification (February 2018)
  • Attended Flatstick Academy Seminar (December 2017)
  • Attended MAPGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (November 2017)
  • Attended PGA Magazine Clubfitting Seminar (March 2017)
  • Attended Little Golf T.R.A.I.N seminar (January 2017)
  • Attended Plane Truth Seminar (January 2017)
  • Attended SAM Puttlab Level 1 Certification (January 2017)
  • Attended Flatstick Academy Certification (December 2016)
  • Attended & Presented at the MAPGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (November 2016)
  • Attended PlaneTruth Instructor Summit (October 2016)
  • Attended MAPGA Spring Teaching Seminar (May 2016)
  • Speaker MAPGA One Day Teaching Workshop (February 2016)
  • Little Golf T.R.A.I.N. Certified Instructor (January 2016)
  • Attended Certified Golf Coaches Association Seminar; The Shift to Modern Coaching (January 2016)
  • Attended & Served as a panelist at the MAPGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (November 2015)
  • Attended & Presented at The East Coast Jr Golf Summit (November 2015)
  • Attended Proponent Group Summit (November 2015)
  • Hosted Cutting Edge Coaching Seminar at Independence (Speakers: Michael Jacobs, Kevin Weeks, Matt Rudy) (October 2015)
  • Attended & Spoke at Plane Truth Instructor Summit (October 2015)
  • Attended BioSwingDynamics Seminar (February 2015)
  • Attended Certified Golf Coach Seminar; Building a World Class Jr Golf Program (January 2015)
  • Attended PGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (January 2015)
  • Attended MAPGA Teaching & Coaching Summit (November 2014)
  • Attended Plane Truth Instructor Summit (November 2014)
  • Attended MAPGA Spring Teaching Summit (April 2014)
  • Attended Proponent Group Continuing Education (January 2014)
  • Attended BioSwingDynamics Seminar (January 2014)
  • Attended Plane Truth Level 2 (December 2013)Leighann Albaugh, PGA and a putting lesson with Coach Potato head in Richmond Virginia
  • Attended Golf Magazine Top 100 Summit (November 2013)
  • US Kids Certified Instructor Training (February 2013)
  • Attended Proponent Group Continuing Education (January 2013)
  • Attended The Plane Truth Certified Instructor Summit (November 2012)
  • The Plane Truth Certified Instructor (November 2012)
  • Attended PGA Magazine Clubfitting Conference (October 2012)
  • Host of Coaching Fore Success High School Coaches’ Seminar (July 2012)
  • Observed Jim Hardy during a two-day school (May 2012)
  • Attended MAPGA Shortgame Summit (April 2012)
  • Attended AimPoint Level 1 Training Seminar (March 2012)
  • Observed Chris George during several lessons at Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA (March 2012)
  • Panelist for MAPGA College Golf Recruiting Workshop (February 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Graduated from VCU M.Ed. Sport Leadership (December 2011)
  • Attended MAPGA Teaching Summit (2005, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Observed Kevin Weeks during several lessons at Cog Hill, Lemont, IL (November 2011)
  • Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Certified Instructor (January 2010)
  • Attended NCAA Women Coaches Academy (December 2008)
  • Attended “Coaching Fore the Soul” workshop (December 2008)
  • Attended NGCA Coaches’ Convention (2004-2009)                                                
  • Completed additional coursework in Organizational Psychology, Developmental Psychology & The Psychology of Women, University of Richmond (2008- 2009)
  • Completed additional coursework in Relational Psychology, Abnormal Psychology & Research Methods in Psychology, John Tyler Community College (2006-2008)
  • Attended National PGA Teaching and Coaching Summit (2004, 2013)
  • Attended LPGA Workshop: Sports Nutrition for Optimal Performance/Club-fitting for Students (2005)    
  • Attended LPGA Workshop: A New Era in Golf Performance: A Training Perspective (2004)