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June 17, 2011
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Andrew Sapp, the former men’s golf coach at the University of Michigan, is the next men’s golf coach at the University of North Carolina, Director of Athletics Dick Baddour announced on Friday. Sapp, a native of Raleigh, N.C., is the eighth head coach in Carolina history.
“Andrew has done an outstanding job for nine years at Michigan, building a program that has finished in the Top 10 at the NCAA Championships twice in the past three years,” says Baddour. “His teams have excelled on the course and in the classroom and his peers in the coaching community have tremendous respect for him. I’m excited about the future of Carolina golf and look forward to watching Andrew lead our men’s program.”
"I am absolutely thrilled to come back home as the men's golf coach at North Carolina,” says Sapp. “I am looking forward to working with our young men in our quest to win ACC and NCAA Championships. I would like to thank Mr. Baddour and Dr. Miller and the selection committee for putting their trust in me to lead our men's golf team.
“The Tar Heel golf family is very passionate and being a member of that family is exciting. I can’t wait to put on the Carolina Blue again. We have great support, incredible facilities, one of the best academic institutions in a fantastic college town, and we are going to make this program a national contender."
Sapp spent the past nine years asthe head men’s golf coach at Michigan. The Wolverines won this year’s NCAA Central-Indiana Regional and tied for 10th place at the NCAA Championships. That marked Michigan’s fourth straight trip to the NCAA Regionals and second trip to the NCAA Championships. They finished third in match play at the 2009 NCAA Championships after placing sixth in stroke play.
Sapp led the Wolverines to eight tournament titles and five of his players won eight individual titles. Its teams have rewritten Michigan’s record book in the process. Since arriving in Ann Arbor, Sapp’s squads have dropped close to 15 strokes off the team scoring average in the past nine seasons – 305.41 to a school record 290.41 in 2010 and a 292.82 in 2011. His teams set the team single round record of 275 on three occasions and set the lowest 54-hole team score of 839. His players tied Michigan’s record for individual single-round score, set the record for individual 54-hole tournament score and set the record for average score per round.
Two of Sapp’s players at Michigan received PING All-America honorable mention honors. Also four Wolverines were named to the PING All-Midwest Region Team on five occasions. Three of Sapp’s players have been selected to the All-Big Ten Team on four occasions and a Wolverine was chosen Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2010.
Sapp’s players have also excelled well academically. With Sapp at the helm at Michigan, every senior has completed his degree. In the seven years of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR), Sapp’s teams have tabulated a perfect score of 1000 each year and received special recognition for ranking among the top 10 percent golf programs in the country in 2009 and 2010. Thirty-four Wolverines earned Academic All-Big Ten honors while fourWolverines on five occasions were selected Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars by the National Golf Coaches Association.
Sapp began his coaching career at Carolina as he was the assistant men’s golf coach to then head coach Devon Brouse for five years from 1993-94 through 1997-98. He assisted in all areas of the UNC program including teaching, practicing, scheduling and recruiting. He was a golf instructor and served as the camp coordinator for the Coaches of North Carolina Golf School.
Sapp helped lead the Tar Heels to 14 team titles and 12 individual medalist honors. He helped carry Carolina to five consecutive NCAA Championships appearances, including four top-20 finishes. With Sapp as an assistant, the Tar Heels captured two ACC Championships (1995, 1996) and were the runners-up twice (1994, 1997). He coached five All-Americas who were named to the team on six occasions and two academic All-Americas. Seven Tar Heels were selected to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference team on nine occasions and Sapp was coaching the Tar Heels when Mark Wilson was presented the 1996 Ben Hogan Award for his academic and athletic excellence.
“Andrew was my assistant coach when I played at UNC,” says Wilson, who has won four PGA tournaments in the last five years including two earlier this year. “His work ethic and attention to detail impressed me then and have made him one of the best coaches in the country. I am thrilled he is coming back to Carolina and know he will take our golf program to national prominence.”
In the summer of 1998, Sapp followed Tar Heel head coach Brouse to Purdue where Sapp was the associate head coach of both the men’s and women’s teams for four years, 1998-99 through 2001-02. During his tenure at Purdue, Sapp was responsible for recruiting and instruction of both programs while assisting in organizing team practices, scheduling and team travel. He also helped with budgeting and fundraising for both teams.
Sapp helped both Boilermaker programs to 12 team titles and 11 individual medalist honors while coaching four All-Americas, four Academic All-Americas and 10 All-Big Ten Conference first team players. Sapp helped the men’s team to three regional trips including back-to-back regional championships in 2001 and 2002. They finished seventh at the 2002 NCAA Championships after a 28th-place finish in 2001. The women’s team made four consecutive regional appearances with a runner-up finish in 2000. They advanced to the NCAA Championships three times, finishing ninth in 2000, 20th in 2001 and 16th in 2002.
In Big Ten competition, Sapp helped Purdue become one of elite programs in the conference. The men’s program went from 11th at the 1999 Big Ten Championships to consecutive runner-up finishes in 2000 and 2001 and a third-place finish in 2002. Meanwhile, the women were victorious at the 2000 Big Ten Championships and finished second in 2002.
A 1993 graduate of North Carolina, Sapp earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration while playing on the Tar Heel golf team three years, 1991-93. 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.
Sapp is replacing John Inman who stepped down as head men’s golf coach last month after holding that position for 13 years. Inman took over the helm in the summer of 1998 when Brouse left for Purdue.
Sapp and his wife, Laura, have one son, Connor.