Alex Hagan resigns as head coach of Bethel Women's Soccer
On Friday, sources confirmed to The Bethel Collegian that Alex Hagan has resigned as the head coach of the Bethel Women’s Soccer program after five seasons at the helm. This was later confirmed in a press release from the school’s athletic department.
Hagan, a Bethel alumnus who spent four years as part of the men’s soccer team, compiled a 28-46-9 record as the women’s gaffer. His best season came in a split 2020 campaign when the team finished 7-5-1 and recorded its highest placement in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference standings since he took over in 2017 — fifth.
In 2021, the team finished 8-8-1 and was named the KCAC’s Team of Character for the second time in Hagan’s tenure.
In Friday’s press release, Athletic Director Tony Hoops stated, “I'm incredibly thankful for the passionate work Alex put into our women's soccer program and Bethel College Athletics. … Alex was one of my first hires 5 years ago. It's been a joy to watch him grow as a leader during this time.
He leaves the women's soccer program in a much better place and our department is better because of his growth as well.”
“I'd like to thank Tony Hoops for believing in me and giving such a young coach at the time the opportunity to lead the Bethel Women's Soccer Program over the past five years,” Hagan said. “Bethel has provided my family and me a place we will always call home.”
He continued, “Thank you to the players I've coached over the past five years, the coaches I've been surrounded by, and the entire Bethel College family for everything. I'm lucky to have worked at a place that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
The school’s press release confirmed that a search for Hagan’s replacement will begin immediately as Bethel Women’s Soccer welcomes back a senior-heavy squad in 2022.