June 21, 2012
Scott Limbaugh, who as the assistant coach at the University of Alabama played a major role in one of collegiate golf's most dominating runs, has been named the new head men's golf coach at Vanderbilt. Limbaugh will begin his post with the Commodores on June 25.
"We believe our men's golf program can become one of the nation's elite and with Scott Limbaugh's experience in successfully recruiting and coaching at the highest level, we have found just the leader to make that happen," said David Williams, Vanderbilt's Vice Chancellor for Student Athletics and Affairs. "He is dynamic and energizes the room. We were not only impressed with his golf resume but during his time at Alabama, Tide golfers earned several major academic achievement awards. We couldn't be more excited with his addition to our university and our golf community."
Limbaugh spent the last five seasons serving as the recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for the SEC and national powerhouse Crimson Tide, who finished as the NCAA runner-up (2012), captured SEC championships in two seasons (2008, 2012) and won two NCAA East Regional titles (2009, 2012). Alabama has also been to four NCAA Championships and claimed 20 team tournament titles during his tenure.
"I want to first thank Mal Moore and the administration at the University of Alabama for the opportunity I had to coach at such an outstanding university," said Limbaugh. "Without question, Coach Jay Seawell has taught me what building a program is about. He is not only an outstanding coach, but he is an even better person. He and his family (wife Stephanie) have meant so much to Kate and I and we will forever be grateful for their friendship. Also, all of the outstanding student-athletes that have helped make Alabama such a special place in my heart."
Although Limbaugh leaves behind great success at Alabama, he is looking forward to making history of his own at Vanderbilt.
"The reason I am so excited to be at Vanderbilt University is because I believe it's a special place and we can build champions on and off the golf course," continued Limbaugh. "I really enjoyed the process of meeting the Vanderbilt family and we are so excited about being a part of that family. There are many things that attracted me to Vanderbilt: First of all, Vanderbilt is a great university and Nashville is such an awesome location. We will have the opportunity to build champions in the classroom, on the golf course, and have young people that represent Vanderbilt in a way that Vanderbilt needs to be represented. Finally, I would like to thank Vice Chancellor David Williams and Rod Williamson for giving me this opportunity."
Individually, Limbaugh has helped mentor 10 All-Americans on the course, with three of those being first-team selections (Michael Thompson, 2008; Bud Cauley, 2009, 2010, 2011; Justin Thomas, 2012). Thomas, who was recruited by Limbaugh, claimed the prestigious Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson awards this year, while also earning SEC Player of the Year and SEC Freshman of the Year honors. He has also coached one Walker Cup team member (Bud Cauley), three Palmer Cup members (Michael Thompson, Bud Cauley, Justin Thomas), one other SEC Player of the Year (Michael Thompson, 2008), and two additional SEC Freshmen of the Year (Bud Cauley, 2009; Cory Whitsett, 2011).
Off the course and in the classroom, Limbaugh also helped recruit and tutor some of the nation's best. In 2012, he coached the NCAA Elite 89 winner in Whitsett, and in 2008, Joeseph Sykora claimed the H. Boyd McWhorter SEC Student-Athlete of the Year honor. In all, he has coached 17 Academic All-SEC team members and three Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) All-America Scholar members.
Limbaugh is considered one of the nation's best recruiters. On the recruiting trail, Alabama recruited two of the top-ranked junior golfers in America in his tenure with the Crimson Tide (Bud Cauley (2008) and Bobby Wyatt (2010)), one U.S. Junior Amateur Champion (Cory Whitsett, 2010), and six American Junior Golf Association All-Americans. The Crimson Tide, according to Golfweek, also landed three top 10 recruiting classes (2008, 2010, 2011) in his time in Tuscaloosa.
"I'm very happy for Scott and Kate, and it's an excellent opportunity," said Alabama head coach Jay Seawell. "Vanderbilt is getting themselves a great golf coach and a great man. He was a large part of why we were successful, and he will be missed around here. It's both a happy and sad day for us."
A 2003 Huntingdon College (Ala.) graduate, Limbaugh played for the Hawks for two seasons after helping lead Central Alabama Community College to two NCAA Junior College National Championships. Limbaugh was a co-captain on that 2000 National Champion team for Central Alabama. As a golfer at Huntingdon, he competed at nationals and was team captain in 2002. After his playing career was over, Limbaugh was hired as an assistant coach at his alma mater and was elevated to head coach in June of 2004, where he served until Alabama men's golf hired him as an assistant in 2007.
Limbaugh, a Childersburg, Ala., native, was the 2005-06 Eaton/Golf Pride South Region NCAA Division III Coach of the Year. He coached Huntingdon to a fourth-place NCAA Division III men's golf finish in 2007, which was its best finish in school history. It was Huntingdon's third straight NCAA appearance as Limbaugh's teams qualified in all three of his seasons as head coach.
His first Huntingdon team in 2005 finished ninth before the 2006 team finished 15th. His 2006 team was ranked No. 1 for almost the entire season in Division III.
He produced three All-Americans during his time at Huntingdon, including Alex Balog, Jacob Collinsworth and Matt Mahanic. Collinsworth was a first-team selection after finishing second individually at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Limbaugh will move to the Nashville area with his wife, Kate, who is a former Crimson Tide point guard, and daughter Malley, who was born in February 2011.
What Others Are Saying About Limbaugh
"Scott Limbaugh has an infectious attitude and is a tireless recruiter. I look forward to getting to know him even better and know he is the coach that will bring Vanderbilt golf back to relevance on the national level. We have found the right man for the job."
- Brandt Snedeker, Vanderbilt All-American, PGA Tour, Search Committee Member
"In my career, we've played with Alabama, and I think with Coach Limbaugh, you're getting a guy with a lot of energy who's going to put 110% behind the program. That type of energy is what really is going to benefit our program and take it to where we all want it to go. With Coach Limbaugh, he's going to bring out every ounce of potential in all of the guys."
- Adam Hofmann, Vanderbilt Men's Golfer, Class of 2012
"Coach Limbaugh has been a tremendous asset to our men's golf program over the past five seasons. His wealth of experience as both a player and coach has been vital in helping our men's program at Alabama reach new heights. We wish Scott the best as he moves forward in his career."
- Mal Moore, Director of Athletics, University of Alabama
"Coach Limbaugh has been an unbelievable influence on me and our team. He is a great coach. He brings so much energy to his job and that translates to our team. Coach always had a positive approach to everything we did. He is going to be missed, but all of us are very happy for the opportunity that he is getting at Vanderbilt. He is so driven and determined and I think he will do a great job in Nashville."
- Justin Thomas, 2012 SEC Freshman and Player of the Year, University of Alabama