Ryan Cabbage enters his second year at the helm of the 49ers golf program, after the squad earned an at-large selection in to the NCAA Regionals last year, their school-record eighth-straight entry into the NCAA postseason. He had his contract extended in the fall of 2012 to take him through the 2016 season.
A 1998 graduate of Auburn, Cabbage was a member of the Tigers men's golf team from 1996-98 and played on the Tigers squad that reached the 1997 NCAA Championships, contested at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Ill. He was an assistant to the Auburn men's team for 10 years and had been an assistant to the women's team for the two years prior to arriving at Charlotte.
In 2011, under head coach Kim Evans, Cabbage helped the Tigers women's team to the SEC Championship, a national rank of 13th and a 13th-place finish in the NCAA East Regional. In 2010, Cabbage helped the Tigers an 11th-place finish at the NCAA Championship.
The Tigers men's team reached the NCAA Regional in nine of Cabbage's 10 years as an assistant coach and advanced to the NCAA Championship seven times. Cabbage was runner-up for the Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2004, presented by TaylorMade-Adidas golf. Cabbage coached with former Tigers head coach Mike Griffin in each of those 10 seasons.
A native of Rutledge, Tenn., Cabbage played his first two years at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., where he was the 1995 National Junior College Individual Champion.
Before coming back to Auburn, Cabbage spent a year with the Southeastern Junior Golf Tour in Opelika as a tournament director.
Cabbage is married to the former Jennifer Falkner of Marietta, Ga. They are the proud parents of three boys, twins Carson Sawyer and Maddox Falkner (8) Davis Ryan, (7). He is a 1998 Auburn University graduate with a B.A. in Communications.
WHAT THEY SAID ABOUT THE APPOINTMENT OF CABBAGE AT CHARLOTTE:
Kim Evans, Auburn University Head Women's Golf Coach --
"You're getting one of the best people I've ever known in my life. You're looking at a very prepared golf coach who will bring a top work ethic and an attitude that is unmatched.
He's got strength in working with swings, he has incredible relationships with his players, he's a tireless recruiter, and he's extremely organized. He does it all well. As a role model that you want your players to follow - I don't think there's anyone better. He's going to have a great relationship with his team and he will bring a great attitude and a great work ethic."
Mike McGraw, Oklahoma State Head Golf Coach --
"I've spent a lot time recruiting against him and spent time with him on the recruiting trail and I love the way he conducts himself. He's a professional and he's worked for some really good coaches in Mike Griffin and Kim Evans. He's a quality person. You can feel pretty comfortable if you're a parent sending your boy to go to play with him. Your relationships with those recruits and those families - that's what makes a coach successful. First and foremost, he's a very good person. If I had a son going to college who said he wanted to play for coach Cabbage I said say 'go for it.'"
Nick Clinard, Auburn Men's Coach --
"Number one, he's a great person and a great family man. He represents the moral values and core values any athletic dept strives for. He's a great coach and he's going to do a fantastic job. He's very organized and very structured - he brings a lot to the table from a personality standpoint and a competitive standpoint."
Mike Griffin, Former Auburn Head Coach --
"Ryan was a strong, loyal assistant for 10 years and our team had alot of success. He's got all kinds of experience. He should have been a head coach a long time ago. Your university is going to be fortunate to gain his experience, knowledge and his high energy. He's not afraid to go to work. He's going to bring a lot to the table.
"He played for us and played on some outstanding teams. He has the experience of being a player on being on a really good team. He was an individual national champion as a competitor (1995 National Junior College Individual Champion at Walters state Community College). I think he had a good influence on the rest of the team. Ryan was able to mix and work well with all those people. He put everyone else at ease and helped everyone else do better. Every time I look at a picture with our team holding a trophy he was always in there."