Steve Friesen

PGA Director of Instruction
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  • Joined Firethorn GC as Director of Instruction in 2018.
  • Coach to former U.S. Kids Golf Champions, Nebraska Jr. Golf Player of the Year, Collegiate and Professional Champions.
  • Club Fitting Specialist:  Trained by Top Club Fitters on the PGA Tour.
  • 2011 Champion on the Korn Ferry Tour.  Korn Ferry Tour member for 10 years. 
  • Competed in 16 countries with 10+ professional wins while a member of the Korn Ferry Tour, Japan Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour China and several other professional tours.
  • Inducted into the Inaugural Class of the University of Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame.
  • 1999 Ben Hogan Award Winner.  Considered the Heisman Trophy of NCAA Golf. (
What part of your game is holding you back?  Whether you are a beginning golfer or a professional, my philosophy is the same.  I find the greatest strength of your swing to build upon, then identify and improve the most significant weakness in your swing.  The lessons I have learned and the knowledge I have gained in 20+ years of teaching, club fitting and playing professionally have been invaluable in being able to help you.  Schedule a lesson with me.   I can help you improve your game and lower your scores.


Mike Coatman

Director of Golf
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  • Played collegiate golf at the University of Nebraska from 2007-2011
  • Played professional golf on numerous tours from 2011-2014
  • 2020 Nebraska PGA Assistant Player of the Year
  • Course record holder at Firethorn (62)
Golf is the best game in the world because it is a game that you can play all your life. My goal is to help make the game more enjoyable for golfers of all ages and abilities. Minor details can lead to major results in your golf game.


Brady Schnell

Golf Instructor
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  • From Omaha, NE and played collegiately at University of Nebraska from 2003-2007
  • Playing Professional from 2007-2021 with experience on multiple years of experience on PGA Tour, Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour Latin America and PGA Tour Canada
  • Won on multiple tours including Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour Latin America and PGA Tour Canada
  • Many wins as a junior and amateur before turning pro including North/South Amateur and Western Junior Championship
  • Excels in short game knowledge, course management and understanding HOW to play the game

Over the course of a 25+ year playing career I have learned what it takes to be great at golf and being able to now pass that knowledge on to others and see them improve is what makes me tick. There is so much to the game of golf and getting the ball in the hole in as few strokes as possible and I’d love to help you learn how to do that. From hitting the driver to knocking in three foot putts it’s ALL IMPORTANT! Everyone’s situation is different so come see me and let’s find the best way, FOR YOU, to lower your scores.

Practice Facilities

Firethorn has one of the premier practice facilities in Nebraska.  It features a grass range tee measuring over 100 yards wide.  Dedicated greens and targets provide the proper feedback for your practice and help keep you focused!  Separately positioned chipping and putting greens enable you to keep your short game dialed in.  The Performance Center is a heated Indoor-to-Outdoor facility that allows you to practice all winter long and see your ball flight in the air.