Former Eastern Kentucky University men’s golfer and graduate assistant coach Taylor Riggs was recently chosen as the head men’s and women’s golf coach at the University of the Cumberlands.
After four seasons as a member of the EKU golf program (2011-15), the LaGrange, Kentucky native spent the 2015-16 season as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s and women’s programs. He helped the women’s team capture its third Ohio Valley Conference Championship in the last four seasons. After leading the men’s program to the OVC title as a senior in 2015, Riggs helped the 2015-16 team finish in the top four at the OVC Championship for the 36th time in the last 39 years.
Riggs was a member of the 2015 All-OVC team his senior season, a two-time Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar and a 2015 OVC Medal of Honor winner. Riggs has competed in four Southern Amateur Championships, three Kentucky State Amateur Championships, and three Kentucky State Opens.
“I think the University of Cumberlands is a beautiful place with a great opportunity for all students. The campus is a great place to be and has a great family atmosphere,” said Riggs. “The golf programs have a history of winning here at Cumberlands which is why it is such a great time to be here at UC. We have great players who have a lot of talent. Winning the Mid-South Conference Championships is a very important thing here and we will continue to strive to win those championships and hopefully compete for a national title.”
The University of the Cumberlands men’s and women’s golf teams have built a reputation as one of the elite programs in the NAIA. This past season, the women’s team tied for fourth at the NAIA National Championship, its best finish ever. The Patriots have placed in the top five each of the past three years. Sophomore Kaitlyn Riley finished first at the 2016 NAIA National Championship.
“I can’t say enough about how impressed I’ve been with coach Riggs through the entire hiring process,” said Chris Kraftick, UC Director of Athletics. “Taylor has a tremendous playing resume and is well respected across Kentucky. His energy and passion for the challenge makes him a great fit for UC Golf.”
by Kevin Britton
Eastern Kentucky University