Jimmy Stobs enters his 13th season at the helm of Barry University men’s golf team.
Emphasizing discipline and course management, he has taken the Buccaneers men’s golf program to the next level. Stobs' teams have achieved national prominence by winning NCAA Division II National Championships in 2007, 2013 and 2014. Stobs is the only coach in NCAA history in any division to win national championships under the two formats used to crown a champion. In 2007, heed coach the Buccaneers to the national title under the stroke play-only format. In 2013 and 2014, his teams won championships awarded to teams which, after emerging from the stroke play portion of the NCAA tournament, were victorious in match play, where the title was decided.
In 2013-14, Stobs guided Barry to a second consecutive NCAA Championship, winning the title at The Meadows Golf Course in Allendale, Michigan. It was the second time Barry won the national title on the course, having claimed the 2007 championship at The Meadows. His No. 1-ranked Bucs beat Nova Southeastern, 3-1-1, in the match play finals to repeat as national champs. Barry defeated Chico State, 3-2, in the NCAA semifinals after beating Cal State Monterey Bay, 3-2, in the quarterfinals -- both on the same day. Barry finished as the No. 2 seed coming out of stroke play at the NCAA Championships, shooting a tournament-low 280 in the final round. The Bucs won a school-record eight tournaments during the season, including the last four. Stobs' team became the first team in the program's history to win the prestigious Buccaneer Invitational, Sunshine State Conference Championships, South/Southeast Super Regional and NCAA Championships. Stobs was named the SSC Coach of the Year, marking the first time he received that honor in his Barry career. He also was named the Golf Pride Grips South Region Coach of the Year. Sophomore Adam Svensson was named the Jack Nicklaus Division II National Player of the Year. He was also a First-Team All-American after winning a school-record seven tournaments. Scott Smyers, Jared Dalga and Mario Beltran were all Third-Team All-Americans. Berry Jole, Dalga and Smyers each were named Scholar All-Americans.
In 2012-13, Stobs directed the Buccaneers to their second NCAA Championship, beating conference rival Lynn by four strokes in the match play finals tiebreaker in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Barry, which was ranked No. 1 or 2 in the country throughout the season, defeated arch-rival and defending national champion Nova Southeastern by two strokes in the match play semifinals tiebreaker. The Bucs beat Missouri-St. Louis, 4-1, in the match play quarterfinals after finishing as the No. 2 seed in the three-day stroke play portion of the national tournament. Svensson, Stobs' top recruit, was named the Phil Mickelson Award winner, given to the National Freshman of the Year after becoming the first golfer in school history to carry a stroke average under par at 71.26. Svensson and Smyers were First-Team All-Americans, while Marcus Segerstrom and Dalga were Honorable Mention All-Americans. Stobs was named the Golf Coaches Association of America National Coach of the Year for the second time.
In 2011-12, Stobs guided the Bucs to their fourth straight NCAA national finals, where they finished sixth in stroke play before bowing out in the match play quarterfinals in Louisville. Barry won the Shark Invitational, Bobcat Intercollegiate and Buccaneer Invitational. The Bucs also had five runner-up finishes. Daniel Stapff, Marcus Segerstrom and Marcelo Huarte all received GCAA All-America honors. Stapff became the school's all-time tournament wins leader with four, was a First-Team Academic All-American and the NCAA Elite 89 winner given to the men's golfer with the highest grade point average at the NCAA Championships.
In 2010-11, Stobs coached the Buccaneers to the national tournament. Barry finished first in the Buccaneer Invitational. Though they took just one win, the squad finished in the top 10 in their 10 remaining tournaments, including five runner-up finishes in the St. Edward’s Invitational, the 2011 Southeastern Intercollegiate, the Bobcat Invitational (tie), the 2011 SSC Championship and the 2011 South Region Tournament.
In 2009-10, the Bucs appeared in the NCAA DII national tournament for the second year in a row and the third time in four seasons. The Bucs won the Aflac/Cougar Invitational, the Shark Invitational and the Buccaneer Invitational -- the last two marking the third in a row at each event for the program.
After earning second in the 2010 SSC tournament, the Bucs ripped through the South/Southeast Super Regional to win their first-ever regional title. The Bucs fired a combined 845 (283-281-281) to take first. After a slow start at the national championship, the Bucs played strong down the stretch to finish fourth overall. Stobs earned his second DII South Region Coach of the Year honor, while Chris Carlin earned First-Team All-America honors, and Victor Billskoog earned Second-Team All-America. Carlin, along with teammates Carlos Velez and Guillermo Pumarol, earned Scholar All-America honors, while Daniel Stapff was named the Barry Scholar-Athlete of the Year, SSC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, and the NCAA Elite 88 winner for DII Men's Golf.
In 2008-09 Stobs led the Bucs to first place finishes at the Shark Invitational in the fall, and the Panther Invitational and the Buccaneer Invitational in the spring. Barry earned a second-place finish at the SSC Tournament. The Bucs placed third at the NCAA South Regional. At the NCAA Championships, the Bucs placed fourth.
In 2007-08, Stobs guided the Bucs to a 94-49-5 overall tournament record, and led the team to tournament wins at the Shark Invitational in the fall and the Buccaneer Invitational in the spring. Barry finished third at the SSC Tournament and advanced to the South Regional for the fifth consecutive year. The season was not without its success as sophomores Victor Billskoog and Carlos Velez received Second-Team All-SSC and GCAA All-South Region honors. Billskoog also added a GCAA Honorable Mention All-America nod to his resume.
In 2007, Stobs was named GCAA National Coach of the Year after leading the Buccaneers to an unprecedented 121-35-5 tournament record and the 2007 NCAA Division II national title -- the first in program history. The Buccaneers finished in the top 10 in all 12 of their tournaments with nine top five finishes, five second-place finishes and the national championship, which they captured at The Meadows in Allendale.
Hernan Borja became the first player in school history to earn First-Team GCAA All-America honors, while fellow seniors Nick Gillaspy and Juan Weissenberg earned GCAA Honorable Mention All-America. Borja also earned All-SSC and SSC All-Tournament honors, while Gillaspy was selected to the All-SSC team and Weissenberg to the SSC All-Tournament team. Weissenberg was also the first men’s golfer to earn both All-America and All-America Scholar honors in the same season.
In 2005-06, the Buccaneers finished with a 135-99-3 tournament record and reached the NCAA South/South Central Super Regional for the third consecutive year. Stobs’ team also finished fifth at the SSC tournament. Hernan Borja placed fourth at the tournament to receive SSC All-Tournament honors. Victor Billskoog, the Bucs’ top newcomer, led the team with a 74.32 stroke average and was dubbed SSC Freshman of the Year.
In 2004-05, Stobs guided the young Buccaneer team to a 94-53-4 record in tournament play. The Bucs made their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Super Regional, finishing fourth out of eight teams. In addition, the team led all Division II schools in the total short game statistical category as ranked by Golfstat. The Buccaneers narrowly missed out on a second appearance at the national tournament, but the season did not end without its success. Adam Enright earned GCAA Scholar All-America honors to become the first in program history.
During the 2003-04 season, Stobs brought the program to the forefront by guiding the Bucs to a second place finish at the SSC tournament -- the best finish in program history. John Quigley placed fourth at the tournament, and was selected to the SSC All-Tournament team. Both Quigley and Ryan Lamond earned their first All-SSC honors.
The Bucs went on to receive their second bid to participate in the NCAA Regional, where they finished second. Their efforts at the Super Regional in Springfield, Mo., earned them a spot at the national tournament for the first time in school history. The Bucs finished third in the nation, just 10 strokes behind national champion South Carolina-Aiken. Lamond finished tied for 10th, and became the first men’s golfer in Barry history to earn GCAA All-America honors. Stobs guided the Bucs to a 130-38 overall record in 2003-04. He was named South Region Coach of the Year.
Stobs also kept his team actively involved in the local community. He and his team participated in Barry’s first home building with Habitat for Humanity as well as reading at the local elementary schools and more. For their efforts, Stobs and the men’s golf team earned the Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin Community Service Award.
In 2002-03, he guided the Barry team to a 42-59-2 overall record and a fourth-place finish at the SSC Tournament. Under Stobs’ direction, Quigley made a mark in Barry history, becoming the first Buccaneer men’s player to earn an individual bid to the NCAA Division II South Region Tournament.
Stobs joined the Barry staff in 2002 after 10 years playing professional golf. He played on several different tours, including the Nike (1997), Golden Bear, South American, Montgomery, South Florida and Trans-Act Mortgage tours. Throughout his 10-year professional career, Stobs enjoyed much success, winning 25 mini-tour events, including the 1998 Florida Open.
A graduate of Florida Atlantic with a bachelor’s degree in communications, Stobs played for the Owls in 1991-92 under Mary Mills. He was part of a squad which won four straight tournaments and finished fourth in the NCAA Division II national tournament, earning the team’s sportsmanship award. He also played for Georgia Southern University from 1987-90.
Stobs is an active member of the GCAA, and serves as one of two Division II coaches on the GCAA National Board of Directors. In the summer of 2008, Stobs was selected as the head coach for the 2008 USA team that competed in the Fuji/Xerox championship in Tokyo, Japan, and helped Team USA take back the title in the annual event.
Stobs has also served on several regional and national committees throughout his career at Barry. In 2008, he served on the GCAA International Team Selection Committee and the Jack Nicklaus Award Committee. Stobs has been a part of the GCAA All-America and All-Freshman committee since 2005, serving as chairman in 2008, and has served on the NCAA South Region selection committee since 2006. He currently serves on the David Toms Award Committee, given to the collegiate golfer who overcomes adversity.
Stobs, a native of Miami, began his coaching career at Miami Country Day School in 1994. He is married to the former Carrie Santis of Miami. His parents are Robert and Martha Stobs of Miami.