Lindsay Crouch, TexAgs.com

Indiana hires Mark Hagen as defensive line coach

After spending the last three years at Texas A&M, Mark Hagen returns to coach Indiana's defensive line.

To fill its recent defensive coaching vacancy, Indiana turned to a familiar face. 

Mark Hagen, who spent the last three seasons at Texas A&M, has turned to Indiana and hired as its defensive line coach, the program announced Wednesday. 

"Mark brings a wealth of experience coaching the defensive line," Indiana head coach Kevin Wilson said. "He has competed, coached and recruited at the highest levels in the Big Ten and the SEC. We are very excited he is back with us and we look forward to getting to work."

Hagen spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons working on Wilson's staff before departing for Texas A&M. Like his predecessor, Hagen is also an Indiana alumn as he lettered for the Hoosiers in 1987 and from 1989-91. The Carmel, Ind. native was also a captain at linebacker for IU and selected to the All-Big Ten second team twice. Off the field, he was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten award winner. 

Additionally, he was a part of five bowl games, including the 1991 Copper Bowl, where he was named the bowl's Most Valuable Defensive Player. Following his playing career, he served as graduate and administrative assistant for the program from 1992-1995. 

"It's exciting to be able to come back home again," Hagen said. "These last three years have been fun."

Hagen owns more than 20 years of coaching experience, including 16 in the Big Ten and SEC. Overall, he's coached in 10 bowl games. 

That experience included coaching the linebackers in 2013 and 2014 and the defensive tackles in 2015 at Texas A&M. At Indiana, he coached the defensive tackles and served as special teams coordinator in 2011 and 2012, and became the program's recruiting coordinator in 2012. 

Other past stops for Hagen included Purdue, where he coached the Boilermaker linebackers in 2006-07 and 2009-10 after working with their defensive tackles from 2000-05 and again in 2008. Similar to his time at IU, he also served as Purdue's special teams coordinator from 2003-08 and as an assistant head coach under Joe Tiller from 2005-08. He also coached defensive tackles and managed camps and clinics at Northern Illinois from 1996-1999. 

Across his career, he's developed 14 players into NFL prospects, including former IU defensive linemen Larry Black Jr., Adam Replogle and Bobby Richardson. He'll look to bring that same expertise back to the Hoosiers in 2016. 

"It's something I felt like I had to do a few years back, but being a part of Coach Wilson's program again and getting on board on the front end with Coach Allen is something I could not pass up," Hagen said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge of coaching the entire defensive line and building a championship defense."


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