Michelle Hagel

Michelle Hagel is in her fifth season as a member of the field hockey staff.

Hagel earned her Bachelor’s Degree at Montclair State University. She currently works at her former school district, West Essex Regional High School, as a paraprofessional for the Special Education Department. Before coaching the Red Hawks, Hagel spent four years as a Varsity Assistant Field Hockey Coach for Montclair High School. Prior to coaching at Montclair High, Hagel began her coaching career as an assistant field hockey and lacrosse coach for Montclair Kimberley Academy. In addition to currently coaching the Red Hawks, Hagel also coaches for the USA Field Hockey Futures Program, Strokeline Field Hockey, Revolution Field Hockey, Centercourt Field Hockey, World Camp USA, and has helped with various other field hockey camps and clinics.

During the last three seasons at MSU, Hagel helped the Red Hawks remain in the Top 10 rankings for Division III. In 2018, with Hagel as an assistant coach, MSU earned one of the five at-large bids to host the first round of the NCAA tournament, making it their third straight appearance and eighth overall (two of those appearances during her time as a player for the Red Hawks). Hagel has helped numerous student-athletes to All-NJAC, All-Region, and All-American honors.

The former Red Hawk appeared in 62 games for Montclair State from 2009-2012 before suffering a career-ending injury, early in her senior season. Hagel collected a total of 20 goals, along with 19 assists. Hagel was instrumental in helping MSU return to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, scoring 12 goals and adding 12 assists. She finished third on the team in goals scored, and points scored. Hagel was ranked second in the NJAC in assists and ranked seventh in points and goals.

In 2012, she was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Week for September 3. Hagel had a hat trick in Montclair’s 4-0 win against Eastern University in the season opener and scored a second hat trick just two days later in an 8-2 victory over Rensselaer. Montclair claimed their first NJAC conference championship beating Rowan 3-0, which earned them a second straight trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Hawks became the first female team to play for the National Championship as MSU advanced to the title game of NCAA Division III Field Hockey Championship in Geneva, NY. Finishing the year as the National Runner-up, Montclair went 22-2, which included a 20 game winning streak.