Keenan Hagerty Named William Jewell Head Wrestling Coach
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LIBERTY, MO– William Jewell Director of Athletics Tom Eisenhauer has announced that Keenan Hagerty has been hired as the head men’s and women’s wrestling coach, beginning August 1. Hagerty will be tasked with building the Jewell wrestling programs as the women will be competing for the first time in 2021 while the men’s program is restarting after a 27-year hiatus.
“Keenan comes highly recommended by people all over the college wrestling community,” said Eisenhauer. “His familiarity with GLVC wrestling will help position us for success in a very competitive league.”
Hagerty comes to the Cardinals from Maryville University where he has spent four years as the top assistant on the Saints staff. During that time, he has helped Maryville to 19 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections, 15 NCAA-II national qualifiers, seven All-Americans and one national champion. Additionally, the Saints excelled in the classroom with Hagerty on staff having won three straight National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic Team National Championships, including setting a new Division II wrestling GPA record with a 3.556 mark in 2020.
“I am excited to join William Jewell College and bring men’s and women’s wrestling to the campus. I look forward to moving back to the Kansas City area where wrestling is such a high priority,” said Hagerty. “I want to thank Dr. MacLeod Walls, Tom Eisenhauer and the William Jewell College search committee for helping grow the sport and allowing me the opportunity to be at the helm. There is a very bright future for William Jewell wrestling and I am eager to get started.”
Hagerty spent his own collegiate career at Maryville and his list of accomplishments is long. He compiled a career record of 125-28, was a four-time national qualifier and three time All-American. He opened his career in 2012 with a 33-7 mark and finished as the national runner-up at 149. Following that season, he was named the Maryville University Male Athlete of the Year and Newcomer of the Year. Throughout his career he set school records for wins in a season (42) and career (125), was a three-time Super Regional finalist, winning the title in 2013 and a NWCA All-Academic selection.
Although, he competed collegiately across the state, Hagerty’s wrestling roots run deep in Kansas City. He attended Blue Springs High School where he won a state championship under his father, Mike, a 2016 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
“From early in the search process, I was impressed with Keenan’s passion and enthusiasm for the sport,” Eisenhauer added. “We’re excited to be the only NCAA-II wrestling program in Kansas City and to have someone who is a product of Kansas City wrestling lead the program, is a perfect fit.
Hagerty earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Maryville in 2016.
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