June 17, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- After nine seasons as head coach of the University of Michigan men's golf program, Andrew Sapp is stepping down to take the same position at his alma mater North Carolina.
"My nine years at Michigan have been wonderful, and I am so thankful for the opportunity to have had a chance to coach at such a prestigious university with such outstanding young men," said Sapp. "The support for the men's golf team from the university, the athletic department, the alumni and the golf course staff has been incredible. I will miss those relationships. Most of all, I would like to thank the student-athletes who I have coached. They have worked so hard and have represented Michigan with class. I also want to express gratitude to my assistant, Chris Whitten, for all of his dedication and passion over the past five years. I am sad to be leaving such a wonderful place, and the only place I would ever leave Michigan for is my alma mater, North Carolina."
"During his tenure, Andrew helped our men's golf program reach new heights in the Big Ten and nationally, including two NCAA top-10 finishes in the past three years," said U-M athletic director Dave Brandon. "This new challenge will take him back to his alma mater, where he was a student-athlete, and it will also bring him closer to his family and hometown. Andrew felt this was an opportunity he could not pass up and we wish him all the best."
Under Sapp, Michigan earned four straight NCAA regional bids (2008-11), including winning the program's first regional title in 2011. U-M advanced to the NCAA Championships in two of the last three years and posted two top-10 finishes, including a match play semifinal appearance in 2009.
Sapp won eight tournament titles during his tenure, equaling 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 coached five Wolverines to eight individual medalist honors.
Since taking over, every senior player, a tally of 20 and counting, completed their 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 among 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, five Wolverines were named Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association. Those five account for half the 10 total Wolverines in the program's history to receive this distinguished academic honor.
Sapp's players continue to earn honors for their accomplishments on the course, highlighted with Lion Kim earning All-America honors in 2009 and 2011, along with Alexander Sitompul earning All-America honors in 2009. The duo was just the seventh and eighth Wolverines to receive the NCAA honor. In addition, five Wolverines have earned a total of eight PING All-Midwest Region selections.
In conference play, three Wolverines have earned All-Big Ten honors. In addition to the all-conference honors, Jack 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, just the second Wolverine ever to receive the conference honor.
Michigan will begin a national search for a replacement immediately.
Contact: Tom Wywrot (734) 763-4423