Andrew Sapp begins his 10th year as the head coach of the University of Michigan men's golf program. Throughout the past decade, Sapp has forged the Wolverine program into one of the best, not only in the Big Ten, but in the nation.
Under Sapp Michigan has continued to stay in the national spotlight earning four straight NCAA regional bids, while advancing to the NCAA Championships in two of the last three years.
The 2008 Central Regional marked the first NCAA appearance in eight years for the Wolverines, where they tied for 12th, missing the cut by just three strokes. In 2009, the Wolverines were able to advance to the NCAA Finals for the first time in 12 years after closing fifth at the Southwest Regional.
Paced behind the All-America performances of Lion Kim and Alexander Sitompul in the 2009 NCAA Championships, the Wolverines took sixth as a team and advanced to match play for the national title. After a dramatic win against USC in the quarterfinal, the Wolverines fell in semifinal action to eventual national champion Texas A&M.
With its third straight regional selection to the 2010 Central Regional, U-M tied for sixth by a single shot, missing its second straight NCAA Finals appearance. U-M made history with its fourth straight bid, as the Wolverines won its first ever regional title at the 2011 Central Regional, advancing the NCAA finals.
Kim earned his second All-America honors as he tied for third individually this past season, helping the Wolverines to a tie for 10th place, missing the cut to match play by just three shots.
Overall in the regular season, Sapp's squads have eight tournament titles helping him equal the U-M coaching record held by Bert Katzenmeyer (1947-68) and Jim Carras (1982-2002), for most team wins. In addition to the team titles, Sapp has coached five Wolverines win eight individual medalist honors.
Since arriving, Sapp's squads have continued to rewrite the U-M record book. Sapp's Wolverines have shaved nearly 15 strokes from the team single season scoring record over the last nine years. In fact, for three straight years -- 2007-08 to 2009-10 -- U-M set and reset the record ending with the current mark of 290.41.
In addition, Sapp's Wolverines became the first teams to fire a team tally below 280, setting the U-M team single round record of 275, on four different occasions. Finally, U-M set the lowest 54-hole tournament team score with an 839 at the Wolverine Intercollegiate (Sept. 24-25, 2005).
Individually, the Sapp's players have etched their names into U-M history. Christian Vozza (2005) and Bill Rankin (2008) tied the U-M record for individual single-round score record (64). Rankin also set the U-M mark for the individual 54-hole tournament score with a 202 at the Maxwell (May 10-11, 2008).
In 2010, Kim (72.28) and Matt Thompson (72.00) became just the second and third Wolverines to finish a season with an average below 73 strokes per round. Thompson's mark also set the U-M record for scoring average in a single season. All four class records have been broken during Sapp's tenure as Thompson holds the freshman (73.54) and sophomore (72.00) records, while Kim holds the junior (72.28) and senior records (72.09).
Sapp's players continue to earn honors for their accomplishments on the course, highlighted with Kim and Alexander Sitompul earning 2009 NCAA All-America honorable mention honors, becoming just the seventh and eighth Wolverines to receive the NCAA honor. Kim added to that listing as he earned honorable mention honors for a second time in 2011.
In addition, Joey Garber (2011), Tim Schaetzel (2008), Kim (2009, 2010, 2011), Thompson (2010, 2011) and Jack Schultz (2010) have all been named as PING All-Midwest Region selections.
In conference play, three Wolverines have earned All-Big Ten honors. Schaetzel earned first-team honors in 2008, Thompson second team in 2010 and Kim earned two straight second team honors in 2010 and 2011. In addition to the all-conference honors, Schultz etched his name in Michigan history after he was selected as the Big Ten's Freshman of the Year by a unanimous vote in 2010. He is just the second Wolverine ever to receive the conference honor.
For nearly a decade with the Maize and Blue, Sapp has established a strong foundation for future success through hard work and dedication both on the course and in the classroom.
Since taking over as the head coach of the Wolverines, every senior player, a tally of 20 and counting, has completed his degree and graduated on time. In the eight years of the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate (APR), Sapp's teams have tabulated a perfect score of 1,000 each year and received special recognition for ranking among the top 10 percent golf programs in the country in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Overall, 34 Wolverines have earned Academic All-Big Ten honors while 46 have received U-M Athletic Academic Achievement awards. On a national level, Wolverines Dave Nichols (2003), Schaetzel (2007, '08), Kevin Dore (2008) and Ross Millman (2009), were named Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association. Those four account for nearly half of the 10 total Wolverines in the program's history to receive this distinguished academic honor.
Prior to taking over at Michigan, Sapp spent four years as an associate head coach for the men's and women's golf programs at Purdue University (1999-2002). During his tenure, he was responsible for recruiting and instruction of both programs, while aiding in organizing team practices, scheduling and team travel. He also assisted in budgeting and fundraising for both programs.
Sapp helped both Boilermaker programs to 12 team titles and 11 individual medalist honors, while coaching four All-Americans, four Academic All-Americans and 10 All-Big Ten Conference first team players. In four years with the men's program, Sapp helped the Boilermakers to three regional trips including back-to-back regional championships in 2001 and 2002. At the 2001 NCAA Finals, Purdue closed with a 28th-place finish and followed with a seventh-place showing the following year. On the women's side, the Boilermakers made four straight regional appearances with a runner-up finish in 2000. Advancing to three NCAA Finals, the women collected a ninth-place finish in 2000, a 20th-place finish in 2001 and 16th-place finish in 2001.
At the conference level, Sapp helped the Boilermakers become one of the elite programs in the Big Ten. The men's program went from 11th at the Big Ten Championships in 1999 to back-to-back runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2001 before a third-place showing in 2002. He helped coach the women to victory at the 2000 Big Ten Championships and a runner-up finish in 2002.
Prior to coaching at Purdue, Sapp spent five years as an assistant coach for the men's golf program at his alma mater, North Carolina (1993-98). He assisted in all areas of the UNC program including teaching, practicing, tournament scheduling and recruiting. Along with his duties as assistant golf coach, Sapp served as a golf instructor for the university and was the camp coordinator for the Coaches of North Carolina Golf School.
Sapp helped the UNC men's program to 14 team titles and 12 individual medalist honors, while coaching two All-Americans, two Academic All-Americans and nine All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team players. He also coached Mark Wilson to the 1996 Ben Hogan Award for the outstanding male collegiate golfer. From 1994-98, Sapp helped the Tar Heels to five consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, including four top-20 finishes. In addition to national success, Sapp helped guide the Tar Heels to back-to-back ACC championships (1995, 1996), as well as runner-up finishes in 1994 and 1997.
A graduate of North Carolina, Sapp earned a bachelor's degree in business administration and was a member of the Tar Heel golf team from 1989-93, where he earned three varsity letters. He earned his master's degree in sports administration in 1996 and conducted his master's research in the area of academic enhancement for student-athletes.
In addition, Sapp actively plays golf as he competes in the summer at Golf Association of Michigan (GAM), Michigan statewide and USGA events.
Sapp and his wife, Laura, reside in Dexter, Mich. Together they have one child, Connor.
|1993-94||North Carolina||Assistant Coach||2nd||6th||11th, stroke play|
|1994-95||North Carolina||Assistant Coach||1st||2nd||19th, stroke play|
|1995-96||North Carolina||Assistant Coach||1st||4th||16th, stroke play|
|1996-97||North Carolina||Assistant Coach||2nd||5th||10th, stroke play|
|1997-98||North Carolina||Assistant Coach||4th||t-6th||25th, stroke play|
|1998-99||Purdue||Associate Head Coach (M)||11th||19th||-|
|Purdue||Associate Head Coach (W)||4th||17th||-|
|1999-2000||Purdue||Associate Head Coach (M)||2nd||-||-|
|Purdue||Associate Head Coach (W)||1st||2nd||9th, stroke play|
|2000-01||Purdue||Associate Head Coach (M)||2nd||t-1st||28th, stroke play|
|Purdue||Associate Head Coach (W)||4th||7th||20th, stroke play|
|2001-02||Purdue||Associate Head Coach (M)||3rd||t-1st||7th, stroke play|
|Purdue||Associate Head Coach (W)||2nd||4th||16th, stroke play|
|2008-09||Michigan||Head Coach||t-8th||5th||6th, stroke play / 3rd, match play|
|2010-11||Michigan||Head Coach||t-6th||1st||10th, stroke play|
U-M Coach Andrew Sapp | By the Numbers
1 Ben Hogan Award
2 Big Ten Player of the Year
3 Big Ten Freshman of the Year
3 Conference Championships
3 NCAA Regional Team Titles
5 Big Ten Golfer of the Week
8 PING All-Midwest Region selections
9 All-Americans selections
12 NCAA Championship appearances
14 Golf Coaches Association of America Academic All-America Scholars
16 NCAA Regional selections
23 All-Conference selections
28 Total NCAA team events
31 Individual Medalists
34 Team Tournament Wins
46 U-M Athletic Academic Achievement Honorees
69 Academic All-Big Ten
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