University of New Mexico
Head Coach Angie Hopkins is in her ninth year at Colorado State, and in her time at CSU she has vastly improved the women's golf program. The team has gone from having three top 5 finishes in 2002-03 to six top 5 finishes in 2003-04 to having a record-setting seven top 5 finishes in 2004-05. During the 2008-09 season, Coach Hopkins earned her second MWC Coach of the Year honor. She also led the team to setting a new school record for the three-round team score of 869 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Hopkins and the women's golf team are dedicated to breaking even more records during the2010-11 season.
Hopkins joined the Rams from the University of New Mexico, where she was an assistant golf coach at her alma mater since 1999. As an assistant, Hopkins helped lead New Mexico to three Mountain West Conference team championships as well as three NCAA West Regional appearances. In her four years as an assistant, Hopkins had the opportunity to work with two All-Americans, eight all-conference selections, five academic All-Americans and eight academic all-conference selections. Along with her coaching experience, Hopkins is an eight-year member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Division. After passing the final written test in June 2007, she is an LPGA Class A teaching professional. She was named LPGA Central Section Coach of the Year in 2006. Hopkins also completed a three-year term on the NGCA Awards Selection Committee in 2007.
To continue the success at Colorado State, Hopkins' focus is on recruiting student-athletes who will excel in the classroom as well as on the golf course. In the last three years she has coached ten academic All-Americans and 19 academic all-conference players.
Coaching and Playing Experience:
- Played four years at the University of New Mexico
- Was a part of two WAC team championships and two NCAA championship appearances, including an eighth-place finish in 1998
- Assistant women's golf coach at the University of New Mexico, 1999-2002
- Currently is a seven-year member of the LPGA Teaching and Club Division and a 10-year member of the National Golf Coaches Association
- Was named MWC Coach of the Year for the 2008-09 season
- Was named MWC Co-Coach of the Year for the 2004-05 season
- At CSU has coached 12 academic All-Americans including Melissa Martin and Stefanie Ferguson in 2009 and 21 MWC academic all-conference selections including Martin, Ferguson and Brianna Espinoza in 2009
- At CSU coached five MWC all-conference players, including Claussen in 2009
- Coached Lynette Duran who was selected in 2005 for the MWC Sportsmanship Award
- The CSU women's golf team has posted the highest cumulative team GPA in the athletic department in 2001, 2004 and 2008-09
- Then-freshmen Brianna Espinoza and Melissa Martin finished in the Top 10 at the MWC Championship in 2009
- Coached the Rams to their first tournament victory in two years at the 2004 Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic, at which they won by 26 shots
- In 2005, qualified for the NCAA West Regional for the first time since 2002
- The Fall 2004 season was the best start since 1990 with the Rams placing in the Top 5 in four out of five tournaments
- 2008-09 team set a new school record for Three-Round Team Score of 869 at the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown. Kasey Claussen tied the single round school record of 67 at the New Mexico State Tournament
- 2004-05 team broke many records including the best tournament team score, top NCAA tournament performances, top single season team scoring average and best career stroke per round average
- In 2009 the team moved from 82nd to 63rd in the national Golfweek rankings
- Senior Kasey Claussen improved her competitive stroke average from 78.41 her freshman year to 75.14 in the 2008-09 season. Senior Natalie Stone improved her competitive stroke average from 80.43 her freshman year to 76.85 in the 2008-09 season. Graduated senior Stefanie Ferguson improved from a 79.93 to a 76.36.
- In 2004 started the CSU Birdie Club, a booster club specifically for the CSU women's golf program. To date there are over 85 members.
- In 2004, started the CSU women's golf invitational, a fundraising women's only golf tournament in support of the CSU women's golf team. The tournament is a way for the team to interact with the women golfers of the community. Over 300 women have participated in this fun event.
- The Ptarmigan Ram Fall Classic is in its 12th year. Hopkins, along with the Ptarmigan Committee, hosts this prestigious women's collegiate tournament in September every year.
- In 2007, Hopkins was a part of the grand opening of the Harmony Center. This million-dollar facility, located in Timnath, Colo., includes three hitting bays, an indoor putting green, coaches' offices and luxury locker rooms.