The Iowa State men’s golf program has made a resurgence on the national scene in head coach Andrew Tank’s tenure with the Cyclones.
Under Tank’s tutelage, the Cyclones have had a team or an individual qualify for NCAA Regional competition in the last five seasons (Team- 2012, 2014, 2015; Individual- 2013, 2016).
Since Tank began his tenure at Iowa State in 2010, the Cyclones have won four tournament titles, finished runner-up 12 times, had 11 individual medalists and produced five All-Big 12 performers a total of eight times.
Tank has also coached three of the top players in school history in Nate McCoy, Scott Fernandez and Nick Voke. Both McCoy and Fernandez earned All-America honors and were recipients of Iowa State’s Male Athlete of the Year award. Voke has earned all-tournament honors at the Big 12 Championship a school-record three times.
The 2015-16 season saw Voke move up in the ISU record book, winning his third career medalist title and advancing to the NCAA Regional as an individual. The Cyclones made a late-season surge by winning two tournament titles, establishing the top-two 54-hole scoring marks in school history in victories at the Desert Shootout (823) and ASU Thunderbird Invite (832).
In 2014-15, the Cyclones ended the season ranked in the nation’s top-40, placed fourth at the Big 12 Championship, tying for their second-best finish in school history, and advanced to NCAA Regional competition. Fernandez and Voke each won two individual tournament titles and were named to the Big 12 All-Tournament team.
In his fourth season as the Cyclone mentor in 2013-14, the Cyclones posted one of their best seasons in school history. Five runner-up finishes, an appearance in the national rankings and a fourth-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, the school’s best finish at the Big 12 meet since 1997, highlighted the regular season.
Tank and his Cyclones then put an exclamation mark on the outstanding 2013-14 campaign by earning a spot in the NCAA Championship, ISU’s first appearance at the national tournament since 1953. The Cyclones made it to the Big Dance by tying for fourth at the NCAA Columbia Regional behind a school-record 270 in the final round.
Tank made an immediate impact on the program when he took over the reins of the program in 2010. In his second season, he led Iowa State to the 2012 NCAA Regional, its first appearance since 1999.
McCoy and Fernandez have earned All-American honors and All-Big 12 First Team selections under Tank’s watch. In 2012, McCoy became the first Cyclone individual to qualify for the NCAA Championship since 1980. Fernandez ended his career as one of the most decorated golfers in school history, earning Ping Second-Team All-America honors (2013) and a spot on European’s Palmer Cup squad (2013).
Fernandez finished his career as the school-record-holder in tournament victories (4), top-10 finishes (29), sub-70 rounds (28) and stroke average (72.09).
In the last five seasons, Tank has coached two All-Americans (McCoy, Fernandez) and five players who have earned All-Big 12 recognition (McCoy, Fernandez, Sam Daley, Voke, Ruben Sondjaja). Daley was the runner-up medalist at the 2014 Big 12 Championship, the best finish by a Cyclone in a conference meet since 1953. Voke was named to the All-Big 12 team in 2016 and became just the 11th player in Big 12 history to place in the top-10 at the Big 12 Championship three times.
Recruiting at Iowa State has attained new heights under Tank, especially in its overseas outreach. His first recruiting class finished the season ninth in Golfstat’s Freshman Class Impact Rankings. It included Fernandez (Granada, Spain), Duncan Croudis (Dunedin, New Zealand), and Daley (Wynnum, Australia).
Voke (Auckland, New Zealand), Sondjaja (Sydney, Australia) and Denzel Ieremia (Hamilton, New Zealand) continued ISU’s success on the international level. Sondjaja earned all-tournament honors at the Big 12 Championship in 2014 and won his first career tournament title in 2016. Ieremia tied ISU’s 18-hole school record by firing a 64 at the ASU Thunderbird Invite.
Tank has proven successful at developing players and considered by many to be one of the top young coaches in the country. He currently works with Bronson La’Cassie who earned his 2014 PGA Tour Card. La’Cassie graduated from the Web.com Tour where he won the 2013 Cox Classic. Tank has also worked with a number of top amateurs and professionals, many of whom compete on the PGA, Nationwide, European, Australian, Asian and Canadian Tours.
Prior to Iowa State, Tank spent eight seasons as an assistant to Brad James on the Minnesota men's golf staff. During his time in Minneapolis, Tank helped mentor 10 All-America selections and 16 All-Big Ten picks. Minnesota solidified itself as a northern golf power in Tank's eight years with the program, winning Big Ten titles in 2003 and 2007, and finishing runner-up at the conference meet in 2006, 2008 and 2009. The Gophers made six NCAA Regional berths and advanced to the NCAA Championships three times, finishing third in 2006 and ninth in 2007.
Tank's collegiate golf career began in 1997 where he was a letterwinner and scholar-athlete award winner as a member of the Gopher golf team. Tank was the captain of Minnesota's 2002 NCAA Championship team. That team won the school's first conference title in 30 years and is the only northern program to win a NCAA title since 1979.
Tank prepped at Dowling High School in West Des Moines, helping the Maroons to four state tournament appearances, including two Class 4A state titles in 1994 and 1995. A former Des Moines City Junior champion, Tank has played in numerous amateur events and American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) tournaments.
Tank is married to the former Kristie Maruyama. The couple have one son: George.