The forty-two year old Hager has been the Oilers head coach since the late 1980s. He took over a struggling program in and has seen the program rise among the top teams in the Western State Conference. He has sent numerous players on to universities with scholarships, most notably Dorsey High School graduate Keyshawn Johnson. Johnson played for Hager at West L.A. in 1992 and 1993, before moving on to an outstanding two year career at USC.
Although the Oilers struggled to a 3-7 finish in 2000, Hager's teams have experienced considerable success in recent times. The 1997 team won the Southern Division of the Western State Conference. In addition, the team participated in numerous bowl games under Hager, including the 1997 Southern California Bowl and the 1998 Western State Conference Bowl. Hager brought a once terrible program and turned the program into a well respected, competitive team year in and year out.
Coach Hager believes that Assistant head coach Darryl Holmes will be his successor as head coach. Holmes has been the Oilers' assistant head coach since 1991. According to Hager, if Holmes takes over the program, it will be an easy transition. Holmes will work right along side of Coach Hager this season, assuming some of the head coaching responsibilities.
Hager has been coaching football since age 20. He has coached at every level from high school to the university level. He arrived at West L.A. after a brief stint at West Hills College in the late 1980s. In addition to being head coach, Hager has spent the past two years as West L.A.'s athletic director. He will keep his teaching position at West L.A. and spend time with some business opportunities that have presented themselves to him.
We wish Coach Hager the best of luck as he begins his final season at the helm of the Oilers.