July 14, 2004
Baltimore, Md. - Head Coach Kerri Johnson has announced the addition of Kristin Hagert to the Loyola College women's lacrosse staff. Hagert, a former Loyola lacrosse player, joins the Greyhound staff after spending the last two seasons coaching at William & Mary.
"Kristin brings a lot of coaching experience to Loyola," says Johnson. "She was given a lot of responsibility at William & Mary, working as a recruiter, teacher and scout, as well as defensive coach."
Serving as a full-time assistant with the Tribe, Hagert helped William & Mary achieve a No. 17 national ranking in 2004, winning 10 games before falling to James Madison in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship Game. She took on added responsibility in assisting William & Mary Head Coach Tara Brown during her maternity leave in 2003, gaining valuable experience in all aspects of intercollegiate coaching.
"Coaching at William & Mary was a fantastic learning experience," says Hagert. "I had some very positive relationships and coaching experiences, but coming back to Loyola is really a dream come true for me."
Hagert graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors from Loyola College in 2001. While a Greyhound, she helped the women's lacrosse team earn two CAA titles and compile a four-year overall record of 56-19. Hagert guided the 'Hounds to a Final Four appearance in 2000, earning All-Tournament Team honors in the process. She entered 2001 as a preseason All-America and once again took Loyola to the Final Four, picking up first-team All-CAA and NCAA All-Tournament Team accolades.
In 2001, Hagert took a teaching position at St. Mary's School in England where she also served as resident lacrosse coach. She became a member of the Berkshire Wanderers Elite Lacrosse Club Team before leaving for William & Mary in the summer of 2002.
A Community Service Committee Member in U.S. Lacrosse, Hagert has returned to Loyola for lacrosse camp each summer since her graduation from Evergreen. Her former coach, the beloved Diane Geppi-Aikens, who passed away with an inoperable brain tumor in 2003, wrote her a letter of recommendation upon graduation. A little outdated, Hagert, who gave a eulogy at Geppi-Aikens' funeral, still submitted the letter with her application last month.
"Kristin is an alum who believes in Loyola College," says Johnson. "She knows the pride and tradition involved with the women's lacrosse program and I know that her new experiences outside of Loyola will help the program in the future."
"I feel so fortunate to be able to come back and give back to a school that has given me so much," adds Hagert. "I learned a great deal about lacrosse and about myself while playing here and I hope to do the same for the players who are here now."