Mike Hagen is in his fourth season at Arkansas State after being named head men’s golf coach on July 10, 2015.
Hagen made an immediate impact on the A-State golf program, promptly being named the Red Wolves’ first Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year in 2016 after leading the team to one of the nation’s top turnaround seasons. The Red Wolves have continued to excel under his direction, most recently completing the fall portion of its 2018-19 schedule ranked among the top-25 teams in the nation by Golfweek and Golfstat and in the Golf Coaches Association of America’s (GCAA) Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll.
During his four seasons at the helm of the program, the Red Wolves have won 12 tournament championships, including a school-record six in 2016 that were also the second most in the nation that season. They have also placed among the top three teams in 23 of 39 tournaments (59 percent), including eight runner-up finishes.
Arkansas State has posted a combined 395-110-10 combined record under Hagen’s direction for a .777 winning percentage. The Red Wolves placed among the top three teams at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in back-to-back years (2016 & 2017) for the first time in school history, advancing to the tournament semifinals two of the three years the league has used a match play format to determine a champion. Along the way, the program won its home tournament in back-to-back years (2017 & 2018) for the first time in 16 years.
Ranked No. 17 by Golfweek, No. 23 in the Bushnell Golfweek Coaches Poll and No. 25 by Golfstat, A-State has positioned itself as one of the elite teams in the nation this season after having an outside shot at NCAA Tournament berth in previous years under Hagen.
The Red Wolves ranked among the top 87 teams in the nation by Golfstat each of the previous three seasons, including a No. 72 position in 2017-18 that was the second highest among Sun Belt programs. Their No. 80 ranking in 2015-16, Hagen’s first, marked one of the nation’s best improvements after finishing the season before at No. 199.
Arkansas State ranked No. 79 in the country in both 2017-18 and 2015-16 by Golfweek for the program’s highest position since ending the 1999-2000 season at No. 65.
The Red Wolves have seen three different student-athletes earn Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the Week honors a combined six times since Hagen took over as head coach. Additionally, he mentored a school-record three All-Sun Belt Conference players in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The nine combined selections since 2016 are not only the most in school history over a nine-year span, it also ties the most by any program in the league over that time.
Hagen has coached his players to eight individual tournament titles and 72 combined individual top-10 finishes, an average of 18 per year. Zan Luka Stirn (Baton Rouge Regional in 2017) and Tanner Napier (Norman Regional in 2018) became A-State’s third and fourth all-time individual qualifiers for an NCAA Regional Tournament. They combined to give the Red Wolves two different players in a regional in back-to-back years for the first time school history. Napier also collected the highest finish (tied for 29th place) ever by an A-State golfer competing as an individual at an NCAA Regional.
Hagen has also made academics a priority, already seeing six of his players graduate, 15 named to the A-State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and two tabbed Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. During his time, the program has twice (2015-16 & 2016-17) been named a Golf Coaches Association of America “All-Academic Team.
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.
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 15-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.