It has taken 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 five years. In fact, OU is one of just six teams to reach the national tournament in each of the past five years, joining Georgia, Illinois, Texas, UCLA and USC.
After recording five top-five finishes in his 2009-10 rookie season, the Sooners took off, registering season averages of 290.27 in 2010-11, 290.46 in 2011-12, 290.05 in 2012-13 and a school-record 288.23 in 2013-14.
Hybl has also coached four 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).
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.
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.
The 2012-13 season brought more of the same, as the 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.
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).
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.
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.