BIRMINGHAM, Ala. --- Ryan Mayberry, a former standout golfer at Samford University and a 2006 graduate, was named the Bulldogs’ head women’s golf coach Wednesday, it was announced by the athletic department.

Mayberry, a scholarship member of Samford’s golf team from 2002-06, has spent the last three years as the Bulldogs’ assistant coach for the both the men’s and women’s programs.

“I have enjoyed the past three years getting to learn as an assistant coach under coach [Woodie] Eubanks,” Mayberry said. “I feel very fortunate to have such a great group of players that work hard every single day for each other and I look forward to the future in my new capacity.”

Eubanks, Samford's director of golf, spent the previous four seasons as the head coach for both the men’s and women’s programs. He will maintain his oversight of Samford’s golf department, but will be able to focus his attention on the men’s golf team. Eubanks has been the head men’s coach since 2003.

“I’m extremely proud of Ryan and this is a great move for Samford athletics,” Eubanks said. “He has done an outstanding job as an assistant coach and has been a tremendous asset for our programs. Ryan has been instrumental in the recent successes of our women’s golf team and he is definitely ready to take on the title as head coach.”

In April, Mayberry was named the Assistant Coach of the Year in the Samford athletic department at the university’s annual SAMPSY’s banquet.

During the 2010-11 campaign, he served as the Bulldogs’ assistant coach for both the men’s and women’s golf teams, and continued to excel in his swing training. He also took a more proactive role with the Bulldogs’ young women’s squad. Despite a roster completely void of any seniors, Mayberry’s tutelage helped the women’s golf team win a pair of tournament championships and earn four straight top-five finishes.

Mayberry has been competing in golf tournaments since he was 13 years old. As a scholarship player with the Bulldogs, he lettered four years at Samford and played three under the tutelage of Eubanks. In Eubanks' first two years, the Bulldog squad won the program's first conference title and competed in the NCAA Regional Championships for the first time in school history.

After graduating from Samford University with a degree in business management in August 2006, Mayberry competed full-time on the NGA Tour until spring 2008.