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Cal Poly Women's Golf Coaching Staff

Sofie Aagaard
Third Season

Sofie Aagaard, an assistant coach for the women's golf program at Cal for three seasons, was named head coach of the Cal Poly women's golf team by Mustang director of athletics Don Oberhelman in July 2015.

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

In her first season as head coach of the Mustangs, Aagaard guided the squad to a second-place finish in the Big West Conference Championship, four shots behind UC Riverside. Cal Poly led after the first two rounds of play. Aagaard was named Big West Coach of the Year by her peers and Madison Hirsch earned second-team All-Big West honors.

Steady improvement the next season (2016-17) produced four tournament wins, including Cal Poly's first Big West team championship in women's golf and an appearance in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional. The Mustangs edged defending champion UC Riverside by one stroke at Oak Quarry Golf Club. Sophie Bergland was named to the All-Big West first team while Jamie Binns and Desiree Gillaspy landed on the second team.

Aagaard was honored as Coach of the Year for the second straight year.

A 2006 Cal graduate with a bachelor's degree in political economies of industrial societies, Aagaard 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.