Andy Soper starts his sixth year as head coach for the Laker Men’s and Women’s golf programs. He is a graduate of Buena Vista University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management/Entrepreneurship and was a member of the Men’s golf team. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Iowa State University. Coach Soper and his wife, Erin, reside in Estherville.
While in High School Andy was a four sport Letter winner - Golf (4) Baseball (4), Basketball (3), and Football (2). He was an All-Conference performer as well as All-District performer. He was also an Estherville Daily News player of the year twice in Golf, and once in Basketball. As a sophomore he helped lead his team to a Conference Tournament Championship as well as the State Tournament where he got his first hole-in-one. As a junior he was the Conference Tournament Medalist. His senior year was highlighted by Medalist honors at the Sectional Meet. Aside from Golf Andy was active in three other sports where he was a two year all conference player in Baseball. He was named Athlete of the Year his Senior Year while being on the honor roll throughout high school.
Andy had a great college golf career. As a freshman at Iowa Lakes on the golf team he and three others qualified for the National Tournament. That same year, Andy put his name in the record books with a 69 -- tying for second for lowest round in Iowa Lakes History which is held by his brother Jeff Soper with a (68). As a sophomore, Andy helped lead his team to a 50-18 record giving that team the second most wins in a season by a Lakers’ Team. He also earned academic All-Region honors while playing for the Lakers. After Iowa Lakes Andy transferred to Buena Vista and was part of the Men’s Varsity Team. He was a two year letter winner there under Coach Eric Wiebers. His highlights as a Beaver included a 9th place finish at the Wartburg Invitational his junior year as well as a 6th place finish there his senior year. Andy also won the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tournament his senior year becoming a part of the All-Conference Team and the first BV golfer to win the IIAC Tournament since Bill Noughton had in 1985. For winning the IIAC Tournament he was named IIAC Golf Player of the Year. Ending his College Career he was named to the PING All-Central Region Team.
Andy has captured six Men’s Club Championship at the Estherville Golf Course from 2006-2008 then again in 2010-2012 and holds the 9 hole scoring record of 7 under 29 at his home course in Estherville. He was also the 2009 Interlaken Men’s Invitational Champion.
Andy’s golf knowledge, college golf experience, understanding of the Laker Program and stellar amateur accomplishments will be great assets in helping the young players adjust to college competition and balancing their academic responsibilities. He will also be actively involved in recruiting future Laker Golfers.
While the Lakers have been under Coach Soper, they have seen nine national qualifiers, 2 NJCAA All-Americans, and numerous Academic All-Region players as well as Academic All-Americans. Since 2005 the Laker Men have finished 2nd in the region tournament 7 times.