Rick Sellers

Lead Coach

Rick Sellers has been a PGA Golf Professional for over 25 years.  A Quincy, Il, native, Rick played on the University of Missouri golf team which led him to a career in professional golf.  Early in his professional career, Rick played on the Florida Mini-tours until he began instructing full time. 

Over the years, Rick has given literally thousands of golf lessons to golfers of all abilities from beginners, to high school and collegiate golfers to PGA and Champions Tour players.  In 2004, Rick was named the Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year, the state’s highest teaching award and in 2007, 2010, and then again in 2016 received the Central Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year Award.  He has also been named to Golf Magazines Top Instructors in the Midwest and named by Golf Digest Magazine as one of its Top Instructors in Illinois.

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Rick Sellers

Lead Coach

Rick credits his success primarily to the mentoring of four individuals. One of the strongest influences in Rick’s professional career has been his friendship with PGA and Champions Tour winner Peter Jacobsen.  Peter “recommends Rick to any level of golfer from Tour player to high handicapper.”  The strongest influence in Rick’s teaching has been Jim Hardy, ranked #7 by Golf Digests 50 Greatest Teachers, who recently released his revolutionary instruction book and DVD program, “The Plane Truth For Golfers.”  Mr. Hardy introduced Rick to the one plane and two plane golf swings which he integrates into the swings of his students today.  One of the games most sought after short game instructors, Stan Utley, has helped Rick greatly in developing his short game instruction programs.  And Chuck Hogan, one of the most successful sports performance coaches in golf, helped Rick develop a unique approach and understanding to the game by introducing him to the mental side of sports performance.

Rick is also the teacher and coach to PGA TOUR player D.A. Points who credits Rick with “helping me achieve my dream of playing on the PGA Tour.”

Today, Rick provides lessons to golfers from all over the country, providing individual, group, and corporate golf instruction programs and is also a frequent guest speaker for many professional and civic organizations

Rick runs his instruction programs in Bloomington, IL; Chicago, IL; and Naples, FL.

Highlights & Accomplishments

  • 2004 Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year
  • 2007, 2010, and 2016 Central Illinois PGA Teacher of the Year
  • Golf Digest Magazine’s Top Instructors List – Illinois
  • Golf Magazine’s Top Instructors List – Midwest
  • Jim Hardy teaching assistant to Peter Jacobsen, 7 time PGA TOUR winner and 2004 US Senior Open Champion and 2005 Ford Player’s Champion
  • Students include: PGA TOUR player D.A. Points
  • Long Time Jim Hardy Associate Instructor. Head Teaching Professional for the Jim Hardy Plane Truth Golf Schools.   Associate Teaching Professional for Jim Hardy’s The Plane Truth Seminars
  • Competed on Space Coast and North Florida Golf Tours
  • Played for the University of Missouri Golf Team
  • Lead Instructor The Rick Sellers Elite Golf Training Program
  • Owner/Head Instructor The Rick Sellers Golf Academy
  • Teaches out of Bloomington, IL, Chicago, IL and Naples, FL

Eric Meier



Eric Meier grew up in Bloomington-Normal and played for 2 State Championship teams at University High School, finishing 2nd as an individual his senior year.  He then went on to play four years of Division I Collegiate Golf for Illinois State University where he was a 2-time GCAA All-American Scholar and team Captain.  Eric’s amatuer golf career was highlighted by a trip to the 2013 U.S. Amateur Championship in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

In 2013 Eric also helped Rick Sellers start the Elite Golf Training Program, which has helped many young golfers in Central Illinois compete at the high school and college level.  In 2015 Eric moved to Scottsdale, Arizona for an Assistant Professional job at The Westin Kierland Resort, where he continued to develop his coaching and instruction knowledge.  

In 2017 Eric returned to Bloomington to teach alongside Rick Sellers full time.  Eric is in charge of youth and adult group instruction as well as teaching private lessons.  He once again helps Rick Sellers lead the Elite Golf Training Program, which has continued to grow and evolve and has now expanded to cover a wide range of ages.

Eric has worked with players of all skill levels and all age groups, from complete beginners to aspiring tour professionals.  He has extensive experience working with junior players, but has also helped golfers as old as 90 improve their skills and learn to enjoy the game more. 

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