ARKANSAS MEN’S GOLF
Assistant Coach Third Year Arkansas, 2008 One of the up-and-coming young coaches in college golf, Barrett Lais, is a former Razorback player who rejoined his alma mater prior to the 2010-11 season. A 2008 graduate of the University of Arkansas’ Walton College of Business with a degree in marketing, Lais returned to the Ozarks after a two-year stint with the University of Denver where he served as an assistant coach. In his two seasons with the Razorbacks, Lais has been an integral part of 11 Arkansas victories, a school record for any two-year span. Arkansas has participated in a pair of NCAA Regionals and advanced to the NCAA Championship in 2011, finishing 15th. He has spent a good portion of his time working with junior-to-be Sebastian Cappelen at various events and the time has paid dividends as the Dane is poised to be one of the best golfers in Arkansas history. Along with his on-course responsibilities, Lais handles travel, recruiting and player development. “I am really excited to bring Barrett back as an assistant coach,” Arkansas head coach Brad McMakin said upon Lais’ hire. “Barrett is young and ambitious and brings a knowledge of the Razorback program. He gained a lot of experience in his time at Denver, experience that will help him succeed here. Barrett did an exceptional job recruiting at Denver and signed the No. 1 players from Norway and from Arizona.” Lais helped guide the Denver program to 11 top-five tournament finishes as well as an NCAA Regional appearance in 2009 during his two-year stint with the program. He coached senior Espen Kofstad to the NCAA Championships as an individual. Kolfstad’s play earned him PING Division I Honorable Mention All-Region honors. Kofstad and Daniel Wax each earned all-conference recognition and all-region honors in 2009. Along with his prowess as a recruiter, Lais is also a certified golfing machine authorized instructor. As a player for the Razorbacks, Lais participated in 15 tournaments over four years and 45 rounds, averaging 75.60 strokes. He placed 11th at the Gopher Invitational in 2007 and hit a career low round of 68 at the Fighting Irish Gridiron Classic, also in 2007. As a senior in 2007-08 he played in a career high six tournaments and 18 rounds with a 75.00 stroke average. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll four times and was named to several University of Arkansas academic award lists. In addition to the time spent on the course and in the classroom, Lais also participated in the First Tee program and served as a golf camp instructor. Lais is married to Jessica (LaMar), who also graduated from Arkansas. The couple welcomed the birth of their first child, son Hudson LaMar, in February of 2011.
2012-13 Arkansas Men’s Golf • The Razorbacks