Justin Hager is in his second season as an assistant men’s lacrosse coach at Holy Cross in 2014. Last year, he helped the Crusaders to an overall record of 7-8, good for the team’s most wins since 1988.
Hager spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as an assistant coach at Mercer University, where the Bears fielded the school’s inaugural varsity men’s lacrosse team. Hager was the team’s defensive coordinator and was also the recruiting director.
Hager was a two-sport athlete at Hobart, starring on its NCAA Division I lacrosse team, as well as its Division III football team. In lacrosse, Hager was Hobart’s team captain for the 2009 season and started all 14 games his senior year, while tallying 13 starts his junior year as a defender. Hager also played Can-Am Indoor Box Lacrosse as a member of the Seneca Allegany Reservation Arrows from 2005-2009.
In football, Hager led the Liberty League in tackles during his junior and senior seasons, including a school single-season record 134 tackles in 2008. Hager also holds the Hobart record for tackles in a game with 21 stops against Carnegie Mellon. He was named the 2008 Liberty League Player of the Year and earned 2008 second team All-America honors. His career totals include 288 tackles, the second-most all-time at Hobart.
Hager is a graduate of Salamanca High School in Salamanca, N.Y., where he lettered in lacrosse, football and wrestling. In lacrosse he lead Salamanca to its first-ever Section 6 Class C Championship. He was named first-team Class C All-State and Big 30 Defensive Player of the Year in football in 2004. He also rushed for nearly 1,000 yards as a senior.
Hager graduated from Hobart in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He also earned a master’s degree in education from Mercer in 2011.