Santiago Cavanagh: Faculty and Staff
Santiago Cavanagh begins his fifth season as the director of golf. He started as the head women's coach in the fall of 2008 and then added the men's head coaching duties in the spring of 2009.
Cavanagh has guided both programs into the Peach Belt Conference in 2010. In its first year in the conference, the women won the inaugural Peach Belt Championship and Cavanagh was named the PBC Men's Golf Coach of the Year. In 2011, Flagler won its first Peach Belt Conference Men's Golf Championship.
In 2010-11, both men's and women's teams were nationally ranked. The women peaked at No. 21 while the men topped out at No. 18 in the final poll of the season.
He has coached five women to All-Peach Belt honors: Kaitlyn Edwards (2010); Elin Karlsson (2010, 2011); Leslie Choucard (2011); Marie Santacroce (2013); and Olivia Ferrer (2013). Santacroce also earned PBC Freshman of the Year honors in 2012. Cavanagh has coached four men to all-conference honors: Chris Bray (2010); Joel Dahlenburg (2010); Patrick Lamb (2010); and Spencer Schindler (2013). Schindler was the co-Freshman of the Year in 2013. Bray earned PING All-America honors in 2011 and Choucard earned NGCA Academic All-America honors in the same year.
Cavanagh has served as the head professional at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine and an assistant pro at the Ridgeway Country Club in Memphis, Tenn.
Cavanagh has also played in a pair of PGA events and a Nationwide Tour event. He played at the PODS Championships in early March and the Arnold Palmer Invitational in mid-March. Cavanagh has also had stints on the Hooters and Tarheel tours. He has also won the North Florida section championship, assistant section championship and the Northern Chapter Section championship.
The Coronel Suarez, Argentina native left his homeland to attend Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn., in 1998 and played on its men’s golf team. Cavanagh was a two-time All-Gulf South Conference first-team selection (1999, 2002) and also earned a pair of second-team honors (2000-01) for the Railsplitters. He won seven tournaments and was ranked as high a No. 38 in NCAA Division II and 12th in the South Region.
Cavanagh graduated from Lincoln Memorial in 2002 with a degree in business administration.