Hager was appointed as the first Men’s Basketball Coach at
Regis in November of 2006. The Franklin, Pennsylvania native
promptly led the first year program to a competitive campaign in
2007-2008. The Pride finished 9-16 overall, and a 3-10 TCCC record
in his first year. Hager quickly turned the team into a winning
program, finishing the 2010-11 season with a 15-12 record, and
appeareances in The Commonwealth Coast Conference and Eastern
Collegiate Athletic Conference tournaments.
Before coming to Weston, Hager had spent the previous three and a half seasons as the associate head coach at his alma mater, Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Hager was a huge part of the rebuilding process that has ascended the Eagles to their past two conference championship games in 2006-2007 and again in 2007-2008. As recruiting coordinator at Juniata, Hager helped successfully recruited three all-conference performers along with one D3hoops.com All-Region performer.
Before arriving back at Juniata, Hager spent two seasons as the top assistant at Bethany College in West Virginia. In 2001-2002, the Bison finished 21-8, captured the President’s Athletics Conference regular season and tournament championship and advanced to the 2nd round of the NCAA Tournament. Hager was a big part of the rebuilding year in 2002-2003 as he had a hand in recruiting one D3hoops.com All-American and two D3hoops.com All-Region performers.
Hager, a 2001 Juniata graduate, was a four-year starter and two year captain for the Eagles head coach Rick Ferry. After averaging over 10 points per game for his career, Hager was named the Jack Oller Most Valuable Player his senior season and received the William R. Smaltz Award in 2001. During his time at Juniata, Hager was the student-athlete representative on the NCAA Interpretations and Legislations Committee and worked as an intern with Auburn University compliance office during the summer months.
After earning his BA in Management/Marketing from Juniata, Hager completed a Master’s of Science in Athletic Coaching Education at West Virginia University.