July 23, 2014
HOUSTON - Former Central Arkansas Head Coach Ryke Dismuke has joined the University of Houston Men's Golf staff as associate head coach, Director of Golf Jonathan Dismuke announced Wednesday afternoon.
"As we conducted our search, Ryke's tremendous success at Central Arkansas made him stand out. Ryke has outstanding player development skills and a proven record in international recruiting and knows how to relate to student-athletes on a day-to-day basis," said Jonathan Dismuke, who enters this sixth season with the Cougars in 2014-15. "I am happy to welcome Ryke, Michelle, Daxton and Addyson to Houston Men's Golf."
Dismuke, who is no relation to new boss Jonathan Dismuke, spent the previous 14 seasons at Central Arkansas, including the last 11 years as head coach of both the UCA Men's and Women' Golf programs. He joined UCA and assisted in the creation of the Men's program in 2000 and helped start the Women's program just two years later.
For his impressive efforts with both projects, Dismuke was recognized as the 2003 AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year.
Later that year, he became head coach of both programs and began a streak of success. Competing in NCAA Division II until 2007, Dismuke enjoyed a combined 18 All-Gulf South Conference Players, four Gulf South Conference individual champions, two Freshmen of the Year, three All-Americans and eight Academic All-Gulf South Conference selections.
In 2004 and 2005, both Men's and Women's programs competed at the NCAA South Regional with one individual advancing to play at the NCAA Championships each season. His Women's teams won Gulf South Conference crowns in 2003 and 2005 and ranked as high as No. 2 nationally by GolfStat after winning seven of 10 tournaments.
On the men's side, his 2005-06 squad won five of 10 events and moved as high as No. 2 nationally in the GolfStat poll.
When Central Arkansas moved to the Southland Conference and NCAA Division I competition in 2007, success continued to follow Dismuke. His Men's and Women's teams won a combined 22 tournaments, including five straight titles for the Men's team in 2010-11 and the Women's victory at the 2010 Kiawah Island Intercollegiate over 42 other teams, the largest field in NCAA Division I history.
His golfers went on to receive five Southland Conference Players of the Year awards, 23 All-SLC Team honors, 18 SLC Players of the Month and six Academic All-SLC accolades. Five student-athletes competed in NCAA Regional play with one competing in the prestigious Palmer Cup.
"I'm very excited and look forward to working with Coach Dismuke at the University of Houston," Ryke Dismuke said. "My family and I feel blessed and humbled to have the opportunity to pursue the vision of winning a national championship for a program, which has such a rich history."
In addition to his coaching duties, Dismuke also is a published writer. In 2003, he wrote an article on increasing club head speed through strength training for Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, the only article of this type published in a referenced journal at that time.
As an undergraduate, Dismuke played for Arkansas from 1998 to 2000, competing with the Razorbacks' No. 1 ranked team in the fall of 1997.
He received his bachelor's degree from Arkansas in psychology in 2000 and earned his master's degree in kinesiology from Central Arkansas in 2003. Dismuke also received his GSEB Golfing Machine Instructional certification in January.
He and his wife Michelle have two children: son, Daxton Ryke, and daughter, Addyson Fayth.
Dismuke, whose name is pronounced Diz-Mewk, replaces Chris Hill, who left the program in June to become head coach at Pacific.
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