The Iowa State men’s golf program is making a resurgence on the national scene in head coach Andrew Tank’s fourth season at the helm. The Cyclones had a fantastic 2013 fall campaign, finishing runner-up three times in their five fall tournaments. Their strong performance in the first half of the season propelled the Cyclones into the national rankings.
Tank has made an immediate impact on the program. In his second season, he led Iowa State to the 2012 NCAA Regional, its first appearance since 1999. The Cyclones have recorded five individual tournament victories over the last three seasons as well as racking up conference and national recognition. Both Nate McCoy and Scott Fernandez have earned All-American honors and All-Big 12 First Team Selections.
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 Scott Fernandez (Granada, Spain), Duncan Croudis (Dunedin, New Zealand), and Sam Daley (Wynnum, Australia).
The two newest additions are a pair of freshmen in Nick Voke (Auckland, New Zealand) and Ruben Sondjaja (Sydney, Australia). The duo has been a key part of ISU’s improvement, combining for five top-10 showings in the fall of 2013.
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.
A 2002 graduate of Minnesota, Tank continued his academic career by pursuing graduate work at Minnesota in sports psychology and motor learning. He has studied the links between physical body and the golf swing, and in November of 2007, he became the first golf professional in Minnesota to earn Level II TPI Golf Fitness Certification.
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.