Head Golf Coach
Department: Athletic Department
Office Location: Alverno Hall G-5
- B.A., Dakota Wesleyan University. 2006.
- M.S., Dakota Wesleyan University. 2008.
Ben Irlbeck has been the men's and women's golf coach at Briar Cliff since 2013. Irlbeck came to Briar Cliff after teaching stops at both Marion, S.D. and Harrisburg, S.D. At Marion, he also served as the head girls’ basketball coach and an assistant golf coach. Prior to that, he spent two years (2006-08) as an assistant golf coach at Dakota Wesleyan University, often regarded as one of the premier small college programs in the region.
The four-year member of the Tiger golf program was a senior team captain and was a two-time all-Great Plains Athletic Conference selection. Since then, he has continued to compete at a high level. He represented South Dakota in the USGA Men’s State Team Championship and won the SDGA Men’s Match Play tournament and was runner-up at the Men’s State Amateur. He also has two SDGA Match Play Championship runner-up finishes. The 2012 Elmwood Golf Course Member Match Play Champion has participated in three SoDak Cups, an event which features 10 club professionals squaring off against the top 10 point earners in SDGA’s summer events. He has also participated in the recently expanded Culver’s Midwest Cup in Gothenburg, Neb., a state team championship encompassing the best Mid-Am golfers in the Midwest.
Irlbeck has also served as a First Tee instructor as well as a junior instructor at the Wild Oak Golf Club in Mitchell, S.D.
Ben and his wife, Marcee, have one daughter, Kaia.