LIVERMORE -- A popular Bay Area junior golf coach faces more than five dozen child molestation charges after allegedly sexually assaulting two male students over a three-year period, and police say they are interviewing more potential victims.
Andrew Michael Nisbet, who worked as director of instruction at Las Positas Golf Course and the GRIP Junior Golf Academy, is charged with 65 felony counts, including lewd acts on a child and arranging sexual meetings with minors in connection with the alleged assaults on boys as young as age 12, according to a 49-page complaint filed Tuesday by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.
Nisbet, a 31-year-old Livermore resident, was being held without bail Tuesday at the Santa Rita Jail and was no longer employed at the Livermore municipal golf course at 917 Club House Drive, where he had worked since 2006, police said.
Livermore police Officer Steve Goard said officers learned about the alleged incidents when one of Nisbet's golf students went to the police department late last month to report the abuse.
Police soon learned the incidents involved multiple male students between the ages of 12 and 17 and that the incidents took place from December 2009 through March 2012.
Police said the victims' coach allegedly performed oral sex with them in his home and in his car while showing them pornography on his computer and on his smartphone. Other sex acts allegedly took place in the golf course's parking lot and during out-of-town golfing trips.
"He befriended them as the cool coach, gave them rides to and from practice and bought them gifts, including top-of-the-line golf equipment," Goard said. "He created a coach-athlete bond and, as he did, was figuring out who he could get away with it with."
Livermore police arrested Nisbet without incident about 10 a.m. Saturday at the golf course while he was working. During an interview at the police station, Goard said, Nisbet admitted he committed some lewd acts on his students.
No one answered at the door to Nisbet's home in Livermore on Tuesday morning. His one-story home is adjacent to Jackson Avenue Elementary School.
Police on Tuesday were investigating whether there were more victims involved and said additional charges may be brought against Nisbet.
"We're in the process of interviewing two other local victims, and we've been led to believe there are possible victims in Michigan and other states," Goard said. "He traveled all over -- to North Carolina and Southern California for a lot of PGA-sponsored events."
Nisbet, represented by private attorney Timothy Rien, appeared at the Gale Schenone Hall of Justice on Tuesday afternoon to be arraigned on the charges. Nesbit, with blond, clean-cut hair, was wearing a green T-shirt under a red county jail jumpsuit and appeared worried but showed no other emotion. He glanced at family members as he came in but didn't look at them when he left the courtroom.
Family members at the hearing, including his parents, declined to comment. One of the victim's parents also appeared in court and said he had been coaching their son for eight years.
The plea entry hearing was continued to Jan. 15, when Nesbit will face additional charges involving a third victim. The district attorney is requesting no bail set in the case because there are multiple victims.
According to his online biography, Nisbet majored in professional golf management at Mississippi State University and previously worked as a golf pro at The Country Club of Birmingham in Alabama and Beech Woods Golf Course in Southfield, Mich. It also says he is "one of the only Top 50 US Kids Golf Master Teachers in Northern California."
Las Positas Golf Course PGA Director of Golf Jeff DeBenedetti confirmed Tuesday that Nisbet was no longer employed at the facility but would not comment further.
Police said Nisbet was fired the day of his arrest -- just one day before he was set to receive the Northern California Section of the PGA's 2013 Junior Golf Leader Award.
According to a recent World Golf article, he was to be recognized for "his dedication and leadership in developing a wealth of exciting and educational golf programs for juniors."
Nisbet, who is married, developed a program called GRIP, which currently has 175 kids enrolled. GRIP is based around individual goals and mentoring for kids.
Hayward resident Fernando Luna, who plays golf at the course, said he'd seen Nisbet on the driving range working with children for about four years.
"He seemed like a really nice guy," Luna said Tuesday. "He would smile and wave at you on the driving range. I never got any kind of bad vibe from him. That's a shame."
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Livermore police at 925-371-4820.
Staff writer Jeremy Thomas contributed to this report. Contact Natalie Neysa Alund at 510-290-2469. Follow her at Twitter.com/nataliealund.