Mike Hagen is in his second season at Arkansas State after being named head men’s golf coach on July 10, 2015.
Hagen has made an immediate impact on the A-State golf program, leading the team to one of its most successful seasons in school history in 2015-16. Named the Red Wolves’ first Sun Belt Conference Men’s Golf Coach of the Year, Hagen led the squad to a school-record six tournament champions and nine top-3 finishes in 12 outings.
The Red Wolves finished the year with a 124-23-2 overall record for an .839 winning percentage and also collected eight wins versus top-100 teams. A-State performed well in the Sun Belt Conference Championships also, advancing to the tournament semifinals.
Under Hagen’s direction, the Red Wolves earned a No. 80 national ranking by both GolfStat and GolfWeek. Not only was A-State’s national-ranking its best since finishing the 2001-02 season No. 75, the Red Wolves were responsible for one of the biggest turnarounds in the country after completing the previous season ranked No. 199.
Arkansas State ranked among the top-50 teams in the nation in five statistical categories as well, including No. 8 in birdies (561), No. 18 in par-3 scoring (3.16), No. 38 vs. par (+1.56), No. 39 in individual average score (73.12) and No. 46 in par-4 scoring (4.15). The Red Wolves 288.29 average score ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference and lower than team leaders from 18 Division I conferences.
His first season at A-State saw three players earn All-Sun Belt Conference recognition to tie the school record. Andrew Huseman and Tanner Napier were both second-team choices, while Oswin Schlenkrich was tabbed honorable mention. Napier was named a Sun Belt Conference Golfer of the month and A-State’s roster posted 26 combined individual top-10 finishes.
Golfweek.com’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.
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 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.