MGOLF: UNC making coaching change
Posted June 23
University of North Carolina head men’s golf coach Andrew Sapp will not be retained after six seasons leading the Tar Heel program.
“I have a tremendous amount of respect for Andrew and the first-class manner in which he conducted himself as head coach, but I believe it is necessary to make a change at this time,” says UNC Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham. “We are better as a program than when Andrew began six years ago. Our men’s golf team has done an outstanding job in the classroom, and that is a credit to the type of young men Andrew recruited to play for the Tar Heels. He loves his alma mater and the game of golf. I wish Andrew and his family all the best in his next career opportunity.”
Sapp played at Carolina from 1990-93 and was the head coach at the University of Michigan for nine seasons before being named the UNC head coach prior to the 2011-12 season. His UNC teams won seven tournaments and seven different players won nine individual titles. In 2017, the Tar Heels advanced to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2007 and finished tied for 18th.
“I have loved my time at UNC both as a student-athlete and a coach,” says Sapp. “There are many people here I would like to thank, starting with all of the players I had the pleasure to coach. Andrew DiBitetto has been a wonderful associate head coach and friend, and the people at Finley Golf Course have done so much to support our team and me. I appreciate our athletic training staff, strength coaches and academic support staff and the countless other people at the university, athletics department, Rams Club and our devoted Tar Heel golf supporters who help make our students and coaches as successful as possible.”
Associate head coach Andrew DiBitetto will serve as the program’s interim head coach.