Tamara Hageage
Tamara Hageage
Phone: 509.359.6045
Email: thageage@ewu.edu
Previous College: Washington '94 / Toledo '96
Position: Goalkeeping Coach
Experience: 14th Season/NSCAA Advanced National/NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma

Tamara B. Hageage has been part of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer staff for 13 years. Her primary responsibilities lie with the goalkeepers.

In 2011, Hageage helped Eastern Washington women's soccer sign the first national team member in program history. Nathalie Schwery, a goalkeeping stud from Schuepfheim, Switzerland, joined the Eagle program after playing in more than 25 games with the U17, U19 and U20 Swiss National teams. In 2010, Schwery was between the pipes for Switzerland in two games at the U20 World Cup in Germany.

"We feel very lucky to have Nathalie join our program," said head caoch George Hageage. "She came to us because of Tamara's reputation as a goalkeeper coach. Her experience with the national teams in Switzerland will be a huge asset and will certainly push our other keepers to new levels."

In 2010 and 2011, the Eagle defense was anchored by starting goalkeeper Jamie Walker, who is a four-time Big Sky Defensive Player of the Week and was named to the All-Big Sky Honorable Mention squad in 2011. Under the tutelage of Hageage, Walker has already tallied 206 career saves, which ranks third in the EWU record book.

In 2009, Hageage protégé, Lisa Dimak, was twice selected as the BSC Defensive Player of the Week, as well as being named to the All-Big Sky honorable mention team. This was an incredible honor for Dimak, as she graduated from high school in 2006, but had not played competitive soccer since her senior year in high school. In 2009, she competed in her first season of collegiate soccer. Under the direction of Hageage, Dimak started all 16 games for the Eagles in 2009, tallying 62 saves and four shutouts, which tied the second-most shutouts in school history.

Hageage has coached several others to Big Sky Conference recognition, as goalkeeper Jessica Blessard was honored as the BSC’s Top Newcomer in 2007. In 2005 and 2006, goalkeeper Tiera Como laid claim to the league's Defensive Player of the Year award and in 2006, Como also was recognized on the NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region third team.

In addition to her successful career at Eastern, Hageage has more than 20 years of coaching experience at the youth and high school levels and has served as a staff and goalkeeping coach for the Ohio-North Olympic Development Program. In addition, she spent three seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Toledo from 1995-97.

She has her Goalkeeping Diploma from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and has also earned an advanced national coaching license from the NSCAA.

Hageage's first book, Effective Soccer Goalkeeping for Women, was published in 2002. In 2003, she released two goalkeeping videos, Effective Goalkeeping for Women - Volumes 1 and 2. Her second book, 50 Complete Goalkeeping Training Sessions, was released in 2006.

During the summer of 2005, Hageage was the Athletic Director for Sports Ambassadors and led 600 players and 37 coaches at the Haarlem Cup in the Netherlands.

Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Hageage had an extensive playing career spanning 21 years at all levels, including the national, international and professional ranks.

She spent her freshman year at Colorado College, where she helped the Tigers to the 1990 NCAA Division I College Cup semifinals.

Hageage then transferred to the University of Washington to partake in the inaugural season of that program's history, playing there from 1991-93.

Sixteen years after her departure from the program, she still ranks highly in the UW record book. In the career listings, she sits third in goals against average (1.21) and fourth in both saves (189) and shutouts (15).

For a single season, Hageage still holds the school mark for saves in a season with 106 in 1991 and is second in shutouts in a campaign with eight that same year. Her best goals against average of 0.96 came in 1992 and places her fourth on that all-time list. Hageage also holds the record for most saves in a single game with 14 against Michigan State on Sept. 23, 1992.

She was UW's Defensive MVP and earned the school's Best Defensive Play award in 1991.

Prior to her collegiate playing days, Hageage had an outstanding career at Woodward High School in Toledo, Ohio, and, in April 2009, became the youngest female and second-youngest overall member of its Hall of Fame.

Following her career at Washington, she went on to play professionally in Denmark, Canada, Russia and semi-pro in the U.S. While at Fortuna in Denmark, she won team Player of the Year honors in 1998.

She has also volunteered her time with TOPSoccer the past five years and, in 2009, was nominated for TOPSoccer "Buddy of the Year," indicating that Hageage is extremely committed to making TOPSoccer a special, memorable experience for kids with disabilities.

Hageage has a bachelor's degree in German language and literature (UW, 1994) and a master's in English as a second language (Toledo, 1996).

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