NORMAN, Okla. – Baylor men’s golf assistant coach Ryan Blagg is one of six finalists for the 2017 Jan Strickland Outstanding Assistant Coach Award, presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf and chosen by the GCAA.
The Strickland Award is presented annually to the NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA or NJCAA assistant coach that, among other things, has excelled in working with his student-athletes both on the course and in the classroom.
Blagg, who is in his fifth year at Baylor, is a finalist for the second time after being one of four finalists for the 2016 award. He helped Baylor to the 2016 NCAA Championship, the program’s first championship berth since 2010, and has guided the Bears to NCAA Tournaments in all four previous seasons.
This season, Blagg has teamed with third-year head coach Mike McGraw to lead the Bears to the first No. 1 national ranking in program history. The Bears have won three tournament titles and recorded seven top-three finishes, while posting a 103-17 combined head-to-head record. Baylor enters the 2017 Big 12 Championship as the No. 1 seed for the first time in program history.
BU players have also had success in the classroom, with a Big 12-best seven student-athletes earning Academic All-Big 12 recognition, including a school-record six first-team honorees.
Blagg is joined Clemson’s Jordan Byrd, Keiser’s Debbie Dove, Texas’ Jean-Paul Hebert, Auburn’s Corey Maggard and LSU’s Garrett Runion as finalists for the 2017 Jan Strickland Award.
The Strickland Award recipient will be announced at a later date this season. The winner will have the opportunity to further his professional development by receiving an invitation to the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Kingdom in Carlsbad, Calif. TaylorMade-adidas Golf has sponsored the Strickland Award since its inception in 2003.