Parkland College Golf Head Coach Corbin Sebens was named the 2019 Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Golf Pride Grips Central Region Coach of the Year, as announced by the association’s office on Friday. Sebens guided the Cobras to the third-best finish in program history in late May, taking fifth place at NJCAA Championships.
Concluding his sixth season leading Parkland golf, Sebens has turned Parkland into a perennial national contender with three straight appearances at NJCAA Championships. After a third-place finish in 2018 marked the best NJCAA finish in program history, Sebens again guided the Cobras to a top-five finish in 2019. After two sub-par rounds to begin the tournament with team scores of 311 and 315, Sebens led the team back into the top-five with scores of 300 and 295 on the final 36 holes.
Individually, Sebens mentored sophomore Kristian Kristensen to his second First Team All-America honor, tying for eighth. Kristensen was also named a PING First Team All-American prior to the tournament.
To get to their third straight national tournament, Sebens and the Cobras won their second straight Region 24 Championship in dominant fashion. Putting all five golfers in the top-10 individually to earn All-Region honors, Parkland trounced runner-up Rend Lake by 42 strokes to run away with the regional title. Kristensen won medalist honors by six strokes, while 2018 All-American Jalen Hodges took runner-up.
Taking over in the spring of 2014, Sebens has guided Parkland to the NJCAA Championships in four of the six seasons, including a program-best third place finish in 2018, and has won four M-WAC Conference titles, and combined record of 530-108. Individually, Sebens has coached six All-Americans, three M-WAC medalists and nine M-WAC All-Conference honorees. Overall, Sebens’ teams have collected 20 tournament championships and 27 top-three finishes.
NJCAA Division II Region Coaches of the Year
East - Tommy Snell, Mississippi Gulf Coast
Central - Corbin Sebens, Parkland
West - Aaron Puetz, South Mountain