JONESBORO, Ark. (10/25/18) – The Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) announced Thursday that fourth-year Arkansas State head men’s golf coach Mike Hagen, who also previously won four NJCAA national championships at Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College, will be inducted into its Hall of Fame as part of the 2018 class.
Hagen is one of three coaches who will be officially inducted at the GCAA Hall of Fame Reception and Awards Banquet on Monday, Dec. 3, in Las Vegas. The 2018 class also includes Walter Bourne of Princeton and John Reis, retired coach at Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati and long-time USGA Rules official.
“We are obviously thrilled to see Mike receive this prestigious honor,” said A-State Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics Terry Mohajir. “His record and accomplishments as a head coach
Hagen will become one of just 138 all-time members in the GCAA Hall of Fame, which was established in 1980. To be selected to the Hall of Fame, a coach must be nominated by his peers and then selected by the GCAA Hall of Fame Committee. The selection criteria not only includes a coach’s record on the golf course but his contributions to the game, student-athletes
“I’m very humbled, honored, and surprised as well,” said Hagen. “Being selected for this honor wouldn’t have been possible without all of the great players I’ve coached, and the support of family, friends
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 GCAA’s 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 record under Hagen’s direction for a .777 winning percentage.
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 an 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.
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.
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.
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 GCAA, 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.