Vandy hires 'Bama's Limbaugh as men's coach
Friday, June 22, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Scott Limbaugh, who as an assistant coach played a key role in Alabama's rise to national prominence, has been hired as Vanderbilt's head men's coach.
In five seasons with Alabama, Limbaugh built a reputation as a top recruiter, with such players as Bud Cauley, Bobby Wyatt, Cory Whitsett and Justin Thomas putting the Crimson Tide in national contention. The Crimson Tide finished second in this year's NCAA Championship and won SEC and regional titles. Alabama has been to four NCAA Championships and won 20 team titles during Limbaugh's tenure under head coach Jay Seawell.
In moving to Vanderbilt, he will get the chance to improve the fortunes of a Southeastern Conference school that finished the spring at No. 75 in the Golfweek/Sagarin College Rankings.
"Vanderbilt is a great university, and Nashville is such an awesome location," Limbaugh said. "We will have the opportunity to build champions in the classroom, on the golf course, and have young people that represent Vanderbilt in a way that Vanderbilt needs to be represented.”
Seawell called Limbaugh "a large part of why we were successful, and he will be missed around here."
Limbaugh, a native of Childersburg, Ala., played for two seasons at Central Alabama Community College, both of which ended in NCAA Junior College National Championship titles. He played two seasons at Huntingdon College in Alabama, from which he graduated in 2003. In three seasons as coach at Huntingdon, he led his alma mater to the NCAA Division III tournament.
Limbaugh, who will start with Vandy on June 25, will move to Nashville with his wife Kate, who played basketball at Alabama, and their daughter Malley, 1.