CSU Bakersfield Director of Athletics Dr. Kenneth ‘Ziggy’ Siegfried has announced the hiring of Tiffanie Yabut as Head Coach of the Roadrunner Women’s Golf program following a national search. Yabut comes to Bakersfield after coaching the past two seasons at Winona State University in Winona, Minn.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Coach Yabut to Bakersfield and the CSUB community,” said Siegfried. “Tiffanie quickly separated herself during our search with her passion for scholar-athlete development and her vision for the future of Roadrunner golf.”
In her first season with the Warriors, Yabut helped the team shave more than 40 shots off their team scoring average before the season was cut short due to the pandemic.
Last season, Yabut led Winona State to a fifth-place finish at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships, a three-spot improvement from the league’s 2019 championship, with all five WSU scorers placing in the tournament’s top-50.
“Tiffanie is a great addition to our coaching staff,” said Senior Associate AD Karen Langston, who chaired the department’s search committee. “Her passion for the game of golf and her commitment to creating an outstanding scholar-athlete experience will continue to elevate our program into the future. I am excited for her to get here and begin her work with the team.”
Under Yabut’s tutelage, WSU sophomore Jessica Smith was named as the 2021 NSIC Women’s Golf Elite 18 Award winner. Smith was honored for holding the highest cumulative grade-point average among all conference golfers.
Yabut is a 2018 Cum Laude graduate of Missouri Western State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Health & Exercise Science and competed four seasons on the Griffons golf team.
A team captain during her senior season, she led MWSU to the NCAA II National Championship Tournament in 2016 and 2017 and was named the school’s women’s golf scholar-athlete of the year in 2018.
In 2016, it was Yabut’s playoff-round birdie putt that sent the Griffons to the school’s first ever National Tournament.
She earned seven top-25 finishes during her collegiate career.
“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the Roadrunner Women’s Golf program,” Yabut expressed. “I want to thank Dr. Siegfried, Karen Langston and the entire search committee for this opportunity and I am incredibly humbled and grateful for the opportunity to lead and serve this program and our scholar-athletes. I’m looking forward to building a strong culture of excellence for years to come!”
“I am also extremely grateful for my players and experiences at Winona State for helping me to become the coach and person I am today. It’s because of them I have been afforded such a great opportunity to coach at this level.”
Yabut has also served as the Tournament Director and Junior Golf Coordinator at The Bridges Golf Course in Winona, since 2019 and earned her LPGA Club Professional card in 2021.
CSUB shot a 959 to cap the 15th-season in program history with a ninth-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships last spring.