It took Ryan Hybl little time to return the Oklahoma men's golf program to national prominence.
Named OU head coach on June 22, 2009, Hybl took over a program that finished 10th in the 2009 Big 12 Championship and inside the top nine just once that spring, and has guided it to the three best single-season scoring averages in school history and to the NCAA Championships each of the last seven years. In fact, OU is one of just five teams to reach the national tournament in each of the past seven years, joining Illinois, Texas and USC.
The Sooners’ steady improvement under Hybl led OU to the 2017 NCAA title, the second national championship in program history, during Hybl’s eighth season as head coach.
Hybl has also coached seven Sooners to All-America recognition. Abraham Ancer was an honorable mention All-American in 2010-11 and Will Kropp earned the same acclaim in 2011-12. In 2014-15, a pair of Sooners grabbed the honor in Michael Gellerman (third team) and Grant Hirschman (honorable mention). The following season, Max McGreevy was named a third-team All-American. After the Sooners claimed the 2017 national title, McGreevy, Hirschman, Brad Dalke and Blaine Hale all earned honorable mention honors.
Hybl’s Sooners earned the 2017 national trophy with a 3-1-1 victory over Oregon in the final match, marking the first national title for the golf program since 1989.
After entering the tournament with the No. 13 seed in stroke play, OU finished second in stroke competition to advance to match play. In quarterfinal competition, the Sooners trailed in all five matches at one point and fell behind 2-0 but made a massive comeback to defeat Baylor, 3-2, and advance to semifinals, where they downed Illinois 3-1-1.
Hybl led his team to victories at the Gopher Invitational and the Lone Star Invitational in 2016-17. They also put together a program record round, 267 (-21), in the third round of the Lone Star Invitational. Additionally, McGreevy, Hirschman and Dalke combined for five individual titles, marking a program record for the most individual wins in a season.
The Sooners’ 2017 national championship run built on the success of that in 2016. Hybl led the 2015-16 squad to match play competition of the NCAA tournament, marking the first time in school history the Sooners had ever qualified. This achievement capped a successful two-win season for OU.
The most memorable moment of the 2014-15 season came at the NCAA San Diego Regional, where the Sooners rolled to a 20-stroke, wire-to-wire victory. The regional win was OU’s fourth in program history and first since 2001. The win also marked the Sooners’ third of the season and 10th overall under Hybl.
Hybl’s 2013-14 squad secured three tournament titles, the most for the Sooners since the 1999-00 season. The Sooners tied for 16th at the NCAA Championships at Prairie Dunes Country Club in Hutchinson, Kan., with a three-round 854 (+14).
In the 2012-13 season, Hybl’s Sooners yet again qualified for the national tournament. OU garnered an 11th-place finish for the second year in a row with a three-round 845 (+5) in Atlanta, Ga. Following the performance, OU finished the season ranked No. 24 in the final Golfweek/Sagarin poll of the season.
In 2011-12, the Sooners made their second consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. There the team posted a three-round 877 (+25) at the tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif., en route to an 11th-place showing, the program’s best since finishing ninth in 1993. For the season, OU set the school record for number of birdies with 585.
OU's 2011 trip to the national tournament came in Hybl’s second year and was the program’s first in five seasons. Behind the play of first-team all-region selections Ancer and Ryan Sirman, the Sooners finished the campaign at No. 28 nationally in the Golfweek/Sagarin ratings and produced a school-record 14 rounds at par or better.
Hybl also presided over the Sooners' school-record-setting 48-under-par performance at the 2011 Desert Shootout in Goodyear, Ariz. Oklahoma won the tournament by 22 strokes and recorded three of the lowest seven rounds in program history. Included were the two best individual 54-hole scores in OU annals -- Ancer's 21-under-par 195 and Kropp's 15-under 201.
OU's quick turnaround under Hybl -- the Sooners won the season-opening Kansas Invitational in August 2009, their first event with him as head coach -- should come as little surprise. One of the most decorated golfers in University of Georgia history and a classroom standout, he also served a four-year stint as a Bulldogs assistant coach (2005-09), helping UGA to four straight NCAA top-10 finishes, SEC crowns in 2006 and 2009, and an NCAA East Regional championship in 2008.
During his time on staff, Georgia racked up 18 All-America honors (three first-team) and 16 All-SEC accolades (12 first-team), and produced the 2006 SEC Player of the Year and the 2006, 2007 and 2008 SEC Freshman of the Year.
Hybl, the brother of former OU quarterback Nate Hybl, also played professionally while on staff at Georgia, competing in events on the Nationwide, Hooters and Tar Heel Tours. He recorded several top-10 finishes before retiring in April 2009 due to a career-ending elbow injury.
Hybl lettered from 2001-04, twice garnering All-America and All-SEC honors. He concluded his career with a scoring average of 72.7 and 13 top-10 finishes. He served as the team captain during his junior and senior seasons.
As a sophomore in 2002, Hybl was a first-team All-American and first-team All-SEC performer. He was Georgia's leader in each statistical category and ended the year ranked No. 7 by Golfweek/Sagarin. Hybl was chosen as one of the national semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award and helped the 2002 United States Palmer Cup Team defeat Europe.
Hybl debuted as a Bulldog in 2001 by garnering third-team All-America and second-team All-SEC honors. At the Golf World Invitational, he led the victorious Bulldogs to team and event records for the lowest round and the lowest tournament total.
Hybl also excelled academically, earning a prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship. He earned the Joel Eaves Award as the male senior student-athlete with the highest grade point average 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.
The Colbert, Ga., native graduated in 2004 with a degree in sports science.
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 college career, Hybl was a tournament director for the AJGA.
He is married to the former Rebecca Booker. They have two daughters, Adyline and Harper.