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Mike Hagen
Position: Head Coach
Phone: 870-972-3411
Mike Hagen Bio
Courtesy: ArkansasState
Release: 07/10/2015

Mike Hagen was named Arkansas State’s head men’s golf coach on July 10, 2015.

                “I’m pleased to announce the hiring of Mike Hagen as the Red Wolves’ new head men’s golf coach,” said A-State Director of Athletics Terry Mohajir.  “With four NJCAA national championships and multiple ‘Coach of the Year’ honors, his track record speaks for itself.  He is a proven leader who has demonstrated the skills necessary to run a successful program both on and off the golf course, so we’re excited about the future of our men’s golf team under his direction.”

                Hagen has made an immediate impact on the A-State golf program, leading the team to one of its most successful fall seasons in school history in 2015.  The Red Wolves concluded the fall with back-to-back tournament championships for the first time since 2001-02.  A-State either won or finished runner-up in three of its last four fall tournaments, helping it climb to No. 99 in the latest national rankings.

                The Red Wolves have already shown significant improvement over last year, when they finished ranked No. 194.  The last time Arkansas State completed a season ranked among the top 100 teams in the nation was 2002-03 when it finished 99th.

                Eight A-State players ranked among the top 50 in Sun Belt Conference head-to-head records, combining to help the squad post a 290.2 team stroke average for its five tournaments played this past fall.  The Red Wolves’ average is a full nine strokes lower than it was at the end of last season, as well as its best in over a decade.

      ’s 2016 Sun Belt Conference preview listed Arkansas State as its “sleeper” team, with the author stating “this group has already jumped 95 spots from last year’s team…I’m intrigued  to see what happens with this group.”  A junior transfer from Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, where he was also coached by Hagen, Andrew Huseman was named to Golfweek’s Midseason All-Sun Belt Conference Team as well.

                Led by Huseman and six other A-State players who finished the fall ranked among the top 40 Sun Belt players in stroke average, Arkansas State posted two of the top three single-round scores over the last nine seasons.  Additionally, the Red Wolves recorded two three-round scores that rank among the program’s top 10 over the last decade.

                The Red Wolves, who have five players entering spring 2016 carrying one of the top-10 stroke averages by an A-State player over the last 10 seasons, have gained significant depth as their 77.4 average drop score is the best in the conference.

                Hagen came to A-State after 10 seasons at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, where he served as both head men’s golf coach and athletics director.  Hagen led the Warriors to four NJCAA National Championships over a five-year span from 2011-15.  Under Hagen’s direction, Indian Hills claimed national titles in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.

                Hagen also led IHCC to eight District III Championships, including each of his last six seasons at the helm of the program.

                “I’m really excited about this opportunity with Arkansas State,” Hagen said. “I appreciate Terry showing his faith in me to head the Arkansas State men’s golf program, and our family is looking forward to becoming a part of the Jonesboro community.”

                Inducted into the NJCAA Golf Hall of Fame in 2014, Hagen led his squad to 62 tournament wins over his 10 seasons, including three at the NCAA Division I level. He was named the NJCAA National Coach of the Year each season the Warriors won the national championship.  Additionally, he was a three-time Dave Williams National Coach of the Year selection.

                Hagen has coached 19 NJCAA All-Americans, 12 Ping All-Americans, five Ping All-Freshman team members and two Phil Mickelson Award winners.

                In the classroom, Hagen guided his squad to eight NJCAA Academic All-American Team selections. He has also coached on the international stage, helping with the collegiate Team USA in 2008 in South Africa and in 2012 in the Czech Republic.

                Prior to arriving at Indian Hills, Hagen was an admissions representative and the men’s and women’s golf coach at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

                A native of Davenport, Iowa, and a graduate of Assumption High School, Hagen attended Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville, Iowa, and obtained a bachelor’s degree in physical education with an emphasis in coaching from the University of Northern Iowa.  He has a master’s degree in athletic administration from Western Illinois University.

                Hagen was a two-year letterman at Iowa Lakes in 1998 and 1999, helping lead the Lakers to the NJCAA regionals both seasons.

                A 13-year member of the National Golf Coaches Association, Hagen has also spent time as a member of the Golf Coaches Poll, NJCAA All-American Selection Committee, Jack Nicholas Award Selection Committee, Phil Mickelson Award Selection Committee and Jimmy Russell Selection Committee.

                Hagen and his wife Anne are the parents of a daughter, Marlee.

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