MEET OUR STAFF
TJ Baggett - Head PGA Professional
A PGA Member, TJ Baggett offers important professional experience to the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech, located in Blacksburg, Virginia. This includes experience gained across the United States, The Bahamas and Russia. He most recently was head golf professional for TPC Piper Glen of Charlotte, North Carolina. Prior to this he served as director of golf sales for PGA National Spa & Resort of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, and as PGA general manager for TPC at Baha Mar, Nassau, The Bahamas.
Earlier in his career Mr. Baggett was PGA general manager for the Don Golf & Country Club of Stanitsa, Russia, where he was actively involved in opening the property. For seven years Mr. Baggett hosted the nationally televised Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at the award-winning Ocean Club Golf Course in The Bahamas.
TJ attended Methodist University of Fayetteville, North Carolina. A native of Virginia, he relocated to Blacksburg with his wife Erin.
Mark Cote - Director of Golf Maintenance
Mark Cote joined the River Course, LLC in March of 2006 as Superintendent for “The River”. On June 1, 2009 he was promoted to Director of Golf Maintenance to be responsible for the maintenance of both the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech and the Virginia Tech Campus Golf Course.
Mark is a 1984 graduate of Colby College in Waterville, ME with a BA in History. He also holds an Associate Degree in Turf Management from Virginia Tech.
He started in the golf industry at the age of 12 working as a caddy. He spent two years teaching and coaching at Southampton Academy before returning to golf. He has worked at Farmington Country Club, River Creek Country Club, The Greenbrier Resort and eight years at the Homestead Resort prior to his association with the River Course, LLC.
Mark is a 16 year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) from which he holds a Class A Superintendent rating. He served as President of the Virginia Turfgrass Association (VTA) and the Virginia Golf Course Superintendents Association (VGCSA) which has been active in helping to form legislative policy for the future of the golf industry in Virginia.
Mike Cole - Clubhouse Manager
Mike joined the staff of the Pete Dye River Course of Virginia Tech on June 3, 2013 as the Outside Operations and Facilities Manager. He is a retired high school teacher and football coach with over 30 years of coaching and teaching experience. Mike has been both an assistant and head football coach at various schools throughout the New River Valley.