M Golf Coaching Staff
Mike Hagen is in his fifth 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.
Inducted into the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Hall of Fame this past December, A-State has continued to excel under his guidance winning its first ever Sun Belt title in 2018-19 and to its first appearance n the NCAA Championships since 2002.
As a team, A-State finished the 2018-19 campaign with five tournament championships, which were the second most in school history for a single season. It concluded the year with the program's best all-time scoring average (285.91). Including Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year Luka Naglic, A-State placed a school-record four players on the league's 2019 all-conference team. The four all-conference picks were not only its most ever, they were the most in league and give the Red Wolves a Sun Belt-high 13 selections on the postseason team over the last four seasons combined.
During his five seasons at the helm of the program, the Red Wolves have won 17 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 32 of 48 tournaments (67 percent), including nine runner-up finishes.
Arkansas State has posted a combined 463-134-10 combined record under Hagen’s direction for a .771 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 three-straight years (2017, 2018, 2019) for the first time.
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 eight times since Hagen took over as head coach. Hagen has coached his players to 12 individual tournament titles and 94 combined individual top-10 finishes, an average of 19 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. At the 2019 NCAA Louisville Regional, Julien Sale finished tied for 25th place, the first A-State player to place among the top 25 individuals at a regional.
Hagen has also made academics a priority, already seeing nine of his players graduate, 19 named to the A-State Athletics Director’s Honor Roll and four tabbed Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholars. During his time, the program has been named a Golf Coaches Association of America “All-Academic Team three times (2015-16, 2016-17 & 2018-19).
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.