Sara Nagel

Sara Nagel is entering her eighth season at Lindenwood in 2018.

After being a graduate assistant coach for three seasons, she was promoted to a full-time coach in 2014.

Nagel has played a key role as Lindenwood has transitioned to the NCAA Division II level. After winning just two games in their first season of NCAA play, the Lions have won 54 games the last five years.

Last season, Lindenwood had its best season in program history with a 16-3 record. The Lady Lions won the ECAC Tournament Championship for the first time, and lost just one contest in regulation. Lindenwood led the nation in goals with 3.74 goals a contest.

The 2015 season was highlighted by finishing tied for first in the conference’s regular season slate, and having a second-straight 10-win campaign. In 2014, she helped the Lady Lions reach double-figure wins for the second time, including a win over nationally-ranked Slippery Rock.

In 2013, Lindenwood finished second to nationally-ranked Limestone in the ECAC Division II Field Hockey Invitational Tournament. In 2012, Lindenwood was the most improved team in NCAA Division II, and it won the NCAA Division II Independent Alliance Tournament.

Prior to coming to Lindenwood, Nagel was the assistant coach at Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes Barre, Pa. for the 2009 and 2010 seasons, helping the team achieve its first winning seasons and playoff berths. Nagel also served as the U-19 head coach for the Valley Styx indoor club during the 2010-2011 season. Both teams were awarded slots at the National Indoor Tournament. During the 2009-10 indoor season, she coached U-16 and U-14 age groups for the same club team.

During her playing career, Nagel was a defensive midfielder for the University of Virginia Cavaliers from 2005-2007, playing in every game of the 2006 and 2007 seasons. An injury prevented her from playing in 2008. The Cavaliers played in the ACC and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2006, and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2007.

Nagel graduated from the University of Virginia with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology, and received her master’s from Lindenwood in elementary education.

Nagel is a native of Swoyersville, Pa. and graduated from Wyoming Valley West High School in Plymouth, Pa. She was married in 2015 to her husband, Shawn, and they have one child, Liam.