The Cliffs' Experts

For Our Team, Nothing But the Best

A typical club has a PGA golf professional, a good chef, perhaps a personal trainer. Now, imagine what happens when you have seven of the best clubs on earth that can share resources and personnel between them. Imagine what you can do when you can recruit from the very best talent in America for programs that begin with golf, but extend to cycling, wakeboarding and tennis, to fishing, food and wine, and outdoor exploration. What you have is perhaps the most important and differentiating aspect of living at The Cliffs — our expert trainers, instructors and program directors.

Our Experts

  • George HINCAPIE

    Director of Cycling

    George Hincapie holds the record for riding, and being on the winning team, more than any other rider in Tour de France history – seventeen. Hincapie has partnered with The Cliffs to develop special programs for members, leading private rides throughout the year and participating in special events at The Cliffs.

  • Brian PEEPLES

    Director of Golf Operations

    Brian has been a member of the PGA since 2001 and a part of The Cliffs team since 2004, when he began as an Assistant Golf Professional at The Cliffs at Glassy. He was soon promoted to Head Golf Professional at The Cliffs Valley, where he hosted the BMW Charity Pro-Am, a PGA Tour sanctioned event. Brian’s golf expertise, along with solid management skills, enable him to deliver the level of service our membership has come to expect at The Cliffs.

  • Sean KENNEDY

    Director of Golf Instruction

    Sean Kennedy began his golf career in 1993 and has been a PGA Class A Golf Professional since 1997. A passionate teacher and innovator, Sean developed a proprietary skill-based golf learning process exclusive for members of The Cliffs, which has been hailed by Golf Channel’s Cameron McCormick as “ahead of the curve.” He is certified in FlightScope, The Golfing Machine and Gray Institute Biomechanics and was nominated for PGA Carolinas Teacher of the Year 2015-2017.

  • Abby DELGOFFE

    Wakeboarding Coach

    Abby began wakeboarding in college. After turning pro in 2012, Abby took seventh overall at Wake Games, as well as a team division win. Currently ranked 12th in the world, the tour takes her around the world. Each summer, Abby returns to Lake Keowee to work with The Cliffs’ members, sharing her love for the sport of wakeboarding.

  • Eric COOPERMAN

    Director of Beverage

    Eric is a certified wine specialist currently studying toward his Advanced Sommelier certification. Whether you’re a foodie, budding oenophile or full-blown wine connoisseur sharing his passion for the fruit of the vine, you’re sure to see Eric around our communities. Eric and his stellar team of twelve sommeliers are on hand to select the perfect pairing for your dinner, whether you’re enjoying a meal at our clubs or preparing a dinner party in your home.

  • Vance FERRIGNO

    Exercise Physiologist

    Vance is an internationally renowned strength and conditioning coach and accomplished exercise physiologist with a deep understanding of human biomechanics. He has worked extensively with a variety of populations on sports performance and corrective exercise. He has co-authored a book entitled Training for Speed, Agility and Quickness that has sold worldwide and is translated into 10 languages. Day to day, Vance leads the pack, leading group cycling rides and one-on-one training.

  • Jack DEANDRADE

    Director of Tennis

    Jack DeAndrade boasts decades of experience coaching internationally ranked players and directing esteemed tennis programs around the world, including a 10-year stint at the exclusive Tokyo Lawn Tennis Club, whose members include the Japanese Imperial Family.

  • Anna Claire RICHARDSON

    Outdoor Adventure Supervisor

    A graduate of Clemson University’s Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management program, Anna Claire brings a background in community recreation, sport and camp management to The Cliffs. From group hikes to paddle boarding excursions and kayak tours — even summertime Explorer Camps for kids — Anna Claire coordinates and leads exhilarating events for our members who come to The Cliffs to enjoy the great outdoors.

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