College golf: Canby alumnus Robbie Ziegler becomes assistant coach at Wisconsin
The four-time OSAA state qualifier joins the Badgers after a solid career with the Oregon Ducks.
Robbie Ziegler will become the new assistant coach of the Wisconsin mens golf team later this month.
The former Canby High School star will fill the position in Madison, Wis., just months after graduating from the University of Oregon, where he was a standout golfer.
His hiring was announced Aug. 9 by Badgers coach Michael Burcin.
This came as a big surprise to me, Ziegler said in a press release. I always wanted to get into coaching eventually. Its just unbelievable how it worked out. ... I just cant thank Michael enough for giving me the opportunity. Even with being so young, I know I can bring a lot of things to the team.
Ziegler will begin his duties Aug. 19. He replaces Bryant Odom, who left Wisconsin to take the helm of the mens golf program at Western Carolina.
For Ziegler, its a fitting place to begin his coaching career. His parents, Mitch and Roberta, attended Wisconsin. His sister, Aaren, is a member of the womens golf team at the Division I university.
My entire family is from Wisconsin, he said.
Earlier this month, Ziegler posted a picture of his black car on Instagram. Its rear window features two decals: one of the Oregon Ducks logo and another of the Green Bay Packers emblem.
Perhaps a Badgers symbol isnt far off.
I am very excited about Robbie joining our program, Burcin said. I have known of Robbie since his junior golf years when he was one of the top players in the country. He is coming from a program at Oregon that is one of the premier programs in the nation.
Ziegler was a member of Ducks teams that qualified for three NCAA championships and advanced to the semifinals twice. In his final season, which wrapped up earlier this year, Ziegler played in eight tournaments and averaged 74.16 strokes per round. He finished his career ranked at No. 10 on Oregons all-time list with an average of 73.44 (2.02 over par).
Robbie was a top player on teams that competed for Pac -12 and NCAA championships every year, Burcin said. He understands what it takes to compete at the highest level, and I could not be more excited to have him in Madison.
Ziegler entered Oregon as a member of a highly touted recruiting class, and he didnt disappoint. He played in all 13 tournaments as a freshman and averaged 73 strokes per round. He also competed in the PNGA Amateur Championship, advancing to the quarterfinals before losing to the top-seeded golfer.
Zieglers career was put on hold in the following campaign, when he took a medical redshirt year after having surgery to repair a detached retina in his left eye.
But he returned to form in the seasons that followed. He posted a 73.7 strokes average in 37 rounds in 2010-11, tying for 25th at the conference championships with a 9-over 288, and came in 21st the following season with a 291.
Ziegler graduated from Oregon earlier this year with a degree in general social science after focusing his studies on applied economics and business and society.
In high school, Ziegler posted top-10 finishes in four-straight seasons at the OSAA state championships. The Class of 2008 alumnus took runner-up honors as a junior, tied for third place as a junior and tied for fourth as a senior. He placed eighth at the finals as a freshman.