Turner and Sherri Gough are a one-of-kind mother-son chess teaching team! They teach our programs at St. Paul Christian Academy and St. Bernard's. They were our coaches of the year during the 2015-16 school year taking programs that had rarely competed as a team and qualified both for state, with SPCA tying for first in the region in K-3. Both teams also placed highly at state!
Sherri is one of only a hand full of chess moms that are rated tournament players and Turner is quite possibly the most active tournament player in the state of Tennessee - traveling to events all over the country, as well as being an integral part of his nationally ranked Campbell Home School team. Turner has also traveled the world with his mom as a part of his home school studies. You will find them exploring outside each tournament Turner attends (like the picture of their dune buggy adventures in the Las Vegas desert).
Having talented, unique and caring coaches like the Goughs is a big part of what makes the NCC great!
NCC chess instructor Epiphany Peters brings professional, female playing strength to our core of instructors that is rarely seen in American Chess. Her mother is Japanese and during her time living in Japan she won the national chess championship for female players (yes, of the entire country!).
She is currently ranked 28th in the United States for females under 21 and ranked 46th overall in the country for women of all ages in chess competition! She has been a NCC coach for 3 years now. Coach Epiphany teaches our beginner players at Julia Green Elementary, St. Paul Christian Academy and University School of Nashville. She is also a freshman studying computer science at Vanderbilt University.
Coach Epiphany is that ultra rare, female player that has elevated her game to be competitive with even the strongest male players in chess - she has beat every master in Nashville at some point. She is an inspiration to all our players in town, especially our young female players. We are honored to call her one of our coaches at the NCC!