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Matt HagenStudent Assistant Coach
Start Date: Sept. 19, 2011
Matt Hagen enters his first year of his second stint as an assistant coach with Flames. Hagen will coach the Flames' outfielders, serve as the team's first base coach and assist with the team's catchers and on-campus recruiting. In addition, he coordinates and oversees the field maintenance.
Hagen is very familiar with the Flames baseball program having been a player, an assistant coach and a strength and conditioning coach on Liberty Mountain during the past decade.
A versatile player, he played both corner infield positions and catcher for the Flames from 2000-02, before embarking on a 10-year professional career. During his three seasons at Liberty, Hagen hit .303 with 96 RBIs, 77 runs scored and 28 home runs. In 2002, he was named the Big South all-conference first team third baseman. He hit .344 with 64 RBIs, 50 runs scored and 18 home runs. He was also a member of the 2000 Flames squad, which was the last Liberty baseball team to capture the Big South title and participate in a NCAA Regional. The 2000 team was the first Liberty team in any sport to win a NCAA Division I Tournament game, when the Flames defeated Seton Hall, 10-2, in the Columbia, S.C., Regional.
After the 2002 season, Hagen was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 12th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He spent the next three years playing in the Mariners' minor league system, playing third base, first base, outfield and catcher. In 2006, he was signed by the San Diego Padres and the spent the next summer, splitting time between Lake Elinsore (A Advanced) and Mobile (AA).
In 2007, Hagen played for the Rockford Riverhawks of the independent Frontier League. The following year, he moved to the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League. He played for the Patriots for four years, closing his professional playing career with the team in 2011. During his time with Somerset, Hagen's manager was 16-year MLB reliever and 1977 Cy Young Award Winner Sparky Lyle.
During his offseasons, Hagen kept in contact with his former college program. He served as a volunteer assistant coach for the 2007 Liberty baseball team, helping guide the squad to a 36-25 record. In 2008 and in 2009, he was a member of the Liberty Strength and Conditioning staff, working primarily with the men's soccer and baseball teams. His brother Mike, is Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance at Liberty.
Hagen, an Eaton, Colo., native, resides in Lychburg.