Vanderbilt stayed in the Southeastern Conference to find its new men’s golf coach.
Former Alabama assistant Scott Limbaugh was hired on Thursday to lead the Commodores. He takes over for Tom Shaw, who was fired in May with Vanderbilt after six years.
Limbaugh spent the last five years at Alabama. In addition to his coaching duties, he served as recruiting coordinator. During his tenure, the Crimson Tide landed top 10 recruiting classes three times, according to Golfweek.com.
He was instrumental in helping the Crimson Tide reach the NCAA Championship four times. They were national champion runner-up this spring, captured two regional titles (2008 and 2012) and won two SEC championships (2008 and 2012). He coached 10 All-Americans, including Justin Thomas. Thomas was recruited by Limbaugh and collected the Jack Nicklaus and Phil Mickelson awards in addition to be tapped the SEC’s Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year.
A native of Childersburg, Ala., Limbaugh graduated from Division III Huntingdon (Ala.) College. Prior to that, he spent two years at Central Alabama Community College. He won two national championships as a golfer and was the co-captain on the 2000 national champion team.
He has been a head coach once before, at his alma mater Huntingdon. In all three seasons, he guided Huntingdon to the NCAA Championships. Huntingdon finished fourth in 2007 — the highest finish in school history.
“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,” Vanderbilt’s vice chancellor for athletics David Williams said. “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.”
Vanderbilt last reached the NCAA Championships as a team in 2007. Under Shaw’s watch, the Commodores won three tournaments, claimed five individual titles and reached a NCAA Regional three times. He also coached two All-Americans.