Ryan Hybl, one of the most decorated golfers in University of Georgia history, is back with the Bulldogs as Chris Haack's assistant.
"We're lucky to have Ryan coming on board," Haack said. "Ryan is a natural fit for us. He knows this program inside and out, and his efforts on the golf course and in the classroom are a big reason we've been able to do as well as we have. When he played for us, he was the consummate team-first man, and he led by example. I'm thrilled that he's rejoining our program. I think he will be very good for us as the assistant coach."
A Colbert native, Hybl lettered from 2001-04, twice garnering All-America and All-SEC honors. He concluded his career with a scoring average of 72.7, then the ninth-best figure in school history. He also had 13 top-10 finishes, which ranked eighth on Georgia's all-time list, and he served as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons.
Hybl also excelled academically, earning a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. Majoring in Sports Studies, Hybl earned the Joel Eaves Award as the male senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average entering his final year and the Dick Bestwick Award for the top GPA among graduating male seniors. Hybl was named to the Dean's List, the President's List and the SEC Academic Honor Roll, and he was chosen as a Cleveland Golf Scholar All-American. He won the team's Howell Hollis Award three times for boasting the top GPA.
As a sophomore in 2002, Hybl was named First-Team All-America and First-Team All-Southeastern Conference. He was Georgia's leader in all of the statistical categories -- 71.57 stroke average, low round of 67, 19 par-or-better rounds, 11 top-20 finishes and eight top-10 finishes. He ended the year rated seventh by Golfweek/Sagarin in the final individual rankings and he was chosen as one of the national semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award. Hybl also helped the 2002 United States Palmer Cup Team, which was captained by Haack, defeat Great Britain/Ireland 15.5-8.5.
He debuted as a Bulldog in 2001 by garnering Third-Team All-America and Second-Team All-SEC honors. He enjoyed a record-setting season as he established the school mark for the lowest individual tournament total at 15-under-par 201 at the Golf World Invitational (where he finished tied for third) and he led the victorious Bulldogs to team and event records for the lowest round (20-under 268) and the lowest tournament total (42-under 822).
Hybl arrived at Georgia as the No. 1-ranked junior golfer in the nation as determined by Golfweek. He was named the AJGA's 1998 Player of the Year, and he was a three-time AJGA All-American and a three-time member of the Canon Cup Team.
Following his senior year with the Bulldogs, Hybl went to work with the American Junior Golf Association as a tournament director.
Hybl is married to the former Rebecca Booker of Colbert.