12/14/2009 15:11

ROSEMONT – The Rosemont College Athletic Department has named Patrick Hager the head coach for the men’s and women’s varsity cross country programs. “It’s a blessing,” said Hager. “I’ve worked really hard to get to this level. I’m very excited to start this program.”

Hager comes to Rosemont after serving as an assistant for the Elizabethtown High School Cross Country Team, a competitive program in Central Pennsylvania. There he assisted the head coach in planning and running practices and compiling statistical information during competition. “My experience at Elizabethtown was invaluable,” Hager added. “It gave me a lot of the administrative experience and knowledge. I learned how to be organized as a coach, which I think is very important.”

In addition, Hager has his Level 1 Coaching Certification from the USA Track and Field Association and is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Hager is a graduate of Messiah College. While there he was a member of the highly competitive cross country team of which he captained in his senior year. Hager earned his B.A. in Sport and Exercise Science in 2008. 

The programs will begin their inaugural seasons in the fall of 2010. Hager will spend the rest of the 2009-2010 school year recruiting for the teams. “I’m going to be recruiting hard,” Hager said. “It’s going to be key for this program to start off well. I’ll be having campus meetings and working with admissions to get the right student-athletes here.”

On his goals for the season, Hager adds, “I want to have a committed and involved team. I would love to be in the top half of the conference, but if my team improves throughout the season, then I would count that as successful.”