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Cal Poly Hires Sofie Aagaard to Coach Women’s Golf Team

Cal Poly Hires Sofie Aagaard to Coach Women’s Golf Team

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Sofie Aagaard, an assistant coach for the women's golf program at Cal the last three seasons, has been named head coach of the Cal Poly women's golf team, Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman announced Thursday.

Aagaard, a volunteer assistant coach of the women's golf team at Cal Poly during the fall of 2012, assumes full coaching responsibilities handled previously by Scott Cartwright. Cartwright was head coach of both the Mustang men's and women's programs for the last 12 years and remains at the helm of the men's program.

Aagaard, a 2006 Cal graduate with a bachelor's degree in political economies of industrial societies, was the first three-time All-American in program history.

Originally from Sweden, Aagaard (Andersson) began her college career as a freshman at Mississippi State University, earning SEC second-team all-conference honors before transferring to Cal in 2003.

While at Cal, she was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American and a member of the team finishing in the top five at the NCAA Championships three years in a row (2004-06). Aagaard, who finished her career with a school-record 74.2 average for the Bears, was a two-time All-West Region honoree and twice earned All-Pac-10 Conference second-team accolades in 2005 and 2006 in addition to All-Pac-10 honorable mention praise in 2004.

Aagaard's highest NCAA finish was sixth place in 2004, she captured the 2005 Spartan Invitational individual title and she recorded 16 individual top-10 finishes while at Cal.

Qualifying for the professional tour right out of Cal, Aagaard played six years on the Symetra Tour and qualified for the LPGA Tour in 2008. In addition, she competed in two U.S. Women's Open Championships (Oakmont 2010, the Broadmoor 2011).

While competing on tour, Aagaard was also engaged in improving the Symetra Tour from a player's standpoint by being a member of the Player Advisory Board.

Aagaard was a member of the Swedish National Team from 1999-2006, helping her country to the 2004 World Amateur Team Championships gold medal in Puerto Rico and the 2006 silver medal in South Africa. She competed in five European Team Championships, assisting Sweden to a pair of silver medals and two bronze medals, and finished fifth in the 2005 European Individual Championships in Portugal.

As an assistant coach at Cal, Aagaard helped advance the Bears to the NCAA National Championship in both 2014 and 2015 and coached the squad to tournament wins at the Ptarmigan Invitational at Colorado State in September 2013 and the BYU Invitational at Entrada in March 2015.

She was responsible for recruiting in the United States and internationally and Aagaard's administrative responsibilities included NCAA compliance, communication with donors and alumni, social media coverage, donation program development, an annual women's golf fundraiser and travel planning.

Aagaard was responsible for community outreach efforts through First Tee of Oakland and LPGA Girls Golf and conducted summer junior golf camps, donor clinics and instruction.

Sofie married Christian Aagaard in November 2012.

The hiring of a full-time women's head coach was made possible in part by a $1.1 million gift from local golf enthusiasts and philanthropists Michael and Sammy Pineau, part of a campaign to create a $5-7 million endowment that will fund much needed golf scholarships and bolster the program's operating budget. "If it wasn't for the Pineau gift and the momentum of our fundraising effort, this would not be possible," said Cal Poly Associate Athletic Director for Development Ashley Offermann.