April 27, 2011
Eubanks Named SoCon Coach of the Year
Samford head golf coach Woodie Eubanks was recently named the Southern Conference's Coach of the Year as he piloted his young Bulldogs' squad to a school-record fourth-place finish at the 2011 SoCon Championship held at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence, S.C.
Samford's starting lineup this year was comprised of only one senior and four sophomores. The Bulldogs' talented, yet youthful roster posted a three-round total of 875 at the SoCon Championship, its best score of the spring and its third lowest tally of the 2010-11 campaign.
Under Eubanks' tutelage, Samford's squad continually improved throughout the season and turned in one of its top performances in the postseason championship. The Bulldogs' fourth-place finish was their best result in three seasons as members of the prestigious SoCon.
"I owe this award to all the people that support me and my program," said Eubanks. "There are a lot of people behind the scenes that help me - parents, alumni, administration, along with a great accountability group. My wife especially, she has always been the one who listen to the good and bad.
"I also have a great support staff with Ryan Mayberry my assistant, Ryan helps balance me and my decisions and keeps me level headed during the season. This award gives credit to how hard my players work each and every day."
Eubanks, a former Samford golfer and 1998 alum, is in the midst of his eighth year as head coach of the Samford's men's golf team and his fourth as the head coach of the women's team.
During his highly successful tenure at Samford, Eubanks has led his teams to their first conference championships, their first NCAA Championship appearance and their highest rankings in school history. He has also led Samford to seven event championships and five individual championships.
With high academic standards a trademark of the Samford golf programs, Eubanks has coached two freshmen of the year and 23 all-academic honorees. He has also guided the Bulldogs to a perfect 100-percent Academic Progress Rating (APR) for both the men's and women's teams.
In only Eubanks' second season as head coach, he led the Bulldogs to the championship title of the 2005 Ohio Valley Conference Men's Golf Championship. During the championship run, he coached the OVC's Most Valuable Player and three OVC First-Team honorees. In 2005, the Bulldogs advanced to their first NCAA Regional Championship competition held at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
During his time at Samford, Eubanks has greatly improved the golf programs' national rankings. He has also given even more credibility to the Bulldogs in the area of players, tournaments and schedules.
This season, Eubanks added a prestigious award to his accomplishments by being named the SoCon Coach of the Year.
"I am honored to receive this award from the SoCon, especially when it comes from your peers," Eubanks said. "The SoCon is a strong conference in golf and I am thankful to have the opportunity to coach in this great league.
"I want to thank Samford for allowing me to coach for eight years. A lot of people envy my job but I assure you any coaching job is a challenge and I am very thankful for each and every player I coach and everyday that I get to be a part of a sport I love. I look forward to the future at Samford and improving our program. I am extremely honored to accept this award."
In addition to Samford's fourth-place finish at the highly-competitive SoCon Championship, the future looks even brighter for the Bulldogs' men's golf team as four of the five members of this year's starting squad return to action next season.
Bunt, along with Tyler Baird, were Samford's two seniors on the roster this year, while Casey O'Toole, Bill Nabors, Gabe Hyde and Drew Aimone will all return as juniors next year. Samford will also boast the play of current freshman William Catanzaro who will be a sophomore in 2012.