Matt Hagen has joined the Liberty baseball coaching staff.
Liberty head baseball coach Jim Toman has announced that former Liberty standout Matt Hagen has joined his staff as a volunteer assistant.
Hagen played at Liberty from 2000-02 and was a 12th round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in 2002. He played professional baseball for the past 10 years and recently retired at the end of the 2011 season. He replaces Adam Ward, who took a coaching position at Charleston Southern.
"I am very happy for Adam, who has started a full-time coaching position at Charleston Southern. Adam was with our program for the past two years and did a fantastic job. He is a hard-working, well-liked coach who will be a great addition to CSU and Coach Stuart Lake's staff," stated Toman.
"I am also extremely excited to be adding Matt Hagen to our staff. Matt understands the mission of Liberty and knows our program well. He will assist Coach Jason Murray with our hitters, will work with the outfielders and catchers and also will be a strong influence in our strength and conditioning programs."
Hagen hit .303 with 96 RBIs, 77 runs scored and 28 home runs in three seasons at Liberty. In 2002, he hit .344 with 64 RBIs, 50 runs scored and 18 home runs and was named to the 2002 Big South all-conference first team at third base. He also was selected to the Big South all-tournament team.
After being drafted by Seattle, he spent three seasons in the Mariners' minor league system, playing third base, first base, outfielder and catcher. In 2006, he was signed by the San Diego Padres and spent the next summer in their minor league system. In 2007, Hagen played with the Rockford Riverhawks of the independent Frontier League, before moving to the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, where he played from 2008-11.
During the offseason in 2008 and in 2009, Hagen served on the Liberty Strength and Conditioning staff, working with the men's soccer and baseball teams. His brother, Mike, is Liberty's Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance. The Liberty baseball program has begun its fall practice and holds practices every day except Monday at Worthington Stadium through Oct. 30. Liberty is in its fifth year under Toman, posting a 145-90-1 record during his first four seasons. The record is the best over a four-year span in the history of the program. In 2010, the Flames posted a school record 42-19 mark.
Last season, the Flames had a Liberty and Big South-record seven players taken in the Major League Draft after a 35-24 overall record and an 18-9 second-place finish in the Big South standings.
Liberty opens its 2012 season at Riley Park in Charleston, S.C., against Richmond on Feb. 17, as part of The Citadel Challenge.
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