Michael Roters enters his fourth year as assistant coach for the University of Iowa women’s golf team in 2018-19. He was introduced as the new assistant women’s golf coach on June 30, 2015.
In his second season with the Hawkeyes, the Hawkeyes recorded a team scoring average of 76.0 to mark the second-lowest team average in school history. At the Westbrook Spring Invitational, the team posted top-5 marks for 18-holes, 36-holes, and 54-holes with scores of 287, 586, and 873. Junior Jessica Ip registered the second-lowest 18-hole score in school history with two rounds of 68, and recorded the sixth-lowest stroke average during the spring season with a 74.2 average. Freshman Sophie Liu recorded the eighth-lowest stroke average with a 74.8 during the fall slate.
During the 2015-16 season, Roters helped the women’s golf team to one of its best seasons in Hawkeye history. At the Johnie Imes Invitational, the team set records for best team performance for 18-holes, 36-holes and 54-holes with scores of 282, 571 and 864. During the spring slate, the Hawkeyes registered the lowest scoring average in team history (73.9).
Roters guided senior Amy Ihm to one of the best seasons in program history. At the Big Ten Championships, Ihm the record for best individual performance for 54-holes with a score of 211. Ihm was named a second team All-Big Ten selection, the recipient of Iowa’s Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, and a two-time Big Ten Player of the Week. The Peosta, Iowa, native set records for individual 54-hole performance (-5; 211), individual 36-hole performance (-6; 138), and individual 18-hole performance (-4; 68). In her senior campaign, Amy registered a 73.1 stroke average — the lowest season average in program history by 3.2 strokes.
Ihm concluded her record-breaking Hawkeye career in NCAA Regional competition. She earned a bid to the NCAA Bryan Regional where she became the first UI women’s golfer to compete in NCAA postseason competition since Stacey Arnold in 1990 and the second individual qualifier in program history. Ihm finished the regional with a three-round total of 231 (+15; 79, 75, 77) to tie for 69th overall.
Roters attended Mt. Hood Community College where he obtained his Associates of Science in 2002. He went on to attend New Mexico State University from 2002-03. In 2014, he earned his Bachelors degree in General Business Studies at Lewis Clark State College.
Roters became a golf professional in 2007 and joined the Canadian Tour in 2009. He participated in many professional golf events, including the U.S. Open Sectional, Boise Open (Nationwide Event) in 2008, the PGA National Assistants Championship in 2012 and the Times Colonist (Canadian Tour Event) from 2008-2010. He won the Lilac Open in 2012.
In 2013, he served as the lead teaching instructor for the Washington State and University of Idaho Nike Junior Camps. Roters helped three members of the Idaho women’s golf team earn first team all-conference honors and five more become WGCA All-Scholar Academic Team members. He also helped one member of the team become an NCAA national qualifier. In 2014, Roters coached an individual conference champion as well as a WAC player of the year.
The former Vandals coach played collegiate baseball at Mt. Hood Community College from 1999-2002, where he served as the team captain and was a first team All-Conference Southern NWAAC award winner in 2002. He also played at New Mexico State from 2002-2003.