|College:||Richmond '88 / Toldeo '98|
|Experience:||13th Season/NSCAA Master Diploma|
The 2004 Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year, George Hageage enters his 13th season as the head women’s soccer coach at Eastern Washington University. Hageage is the longest tenured women's soccer coach in the Big Sky Conference.
In his 12 seasons at EWU, Hageage has produced 77 All-Big Sky players, six All-Big Sky tournament honorees, two BSC Defensive Players of the Year, one BSC Newcomer of the Year, 171 Big Sky All-Academic honorees, three ESPN The Magazine All-Academic Team mentions and one NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-West Region Third-Team selection.
In both 2011 and 2010, Hageage had five players named the Big Sky All-Conference team, and among those honorees was 2010 graduate Brittany Sparks, 2011 graduate Whitney Brannan and current senior Lauren Jacobseon, all of whom made the presitgious list three years in a row. In 2011, Hageage also had 18 players named to the Big Sky All-Academic team, which was at least five more than any other soccer squad in the conference.
After experiencing significant roster changes over the past two years, Eastern struggled to put wins on the board in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. But an overhaul of the team's system and the addition of several strong recruits by Hageage and his staff has EWU soccer looking at a bright future.
The not-too-distant 2009 season was one of the most memorable in history, as the Eagles were picked last in the BSC preseason coaches’ poll, but went on to finish second overall with an impressive 4-2-1 conference record. The Eagles advanced to the league tournament after defeating arch-rival Montana 1-0 in the final regular-season game. Eastern has now made five appearances in the BSC semifinals in school history, four of which have come during Hageage’s tenure.
The Eagles advanced to the league tournament after defeating arch-rival Montana 1-0 in the final regular-season game. Eastern has now made five appearances in the BSC semifinals in school history, four of which have come during Hageage’s tenure.
In addition to the on-field success in 2009, Hageage’s team was honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award for the ninth-consecutive year. An award given to squads with a GPA of 3.00 or higher, Eastern posted a solid 3.24 grade point average for the school year. EWU is the only Big Sky school to earn the NSCAA Team Academic Award the past nine seasons, and annually leads the league in BSC All-Academic selections, which included 10 in 2009.
The 2008 campaign saw Hageage lead the squad to a strong finish with wins in the final two games of the year. Early in the season, the Eagles claimed the Jackrabbit Invitational, beating hosts and eventual NCAA second round participant South Dakota State 2-1 en route to the title.
In the 2007 season, the Eagles had a 9-8 overall record, their best mark in school history. During the 2006 campaign, Hageage led the Eastern squad to a 2-1 victory over 21st-ranked Long Beach State, the first-ever win by the school over a ranked opponent.
The 2005 season saw EWU advance to the Big Sky Tournament semifinals for the third time. In 2004, Hageage led Eastern to its initial Big Sky regular-season title with a 4-1-1 league mark.
Two years after his inaugural season at the helm of the Eagles, Hageage took the team to its first trip to the Big Sky semifinals in 2002.
Upon arrival at the Cheney school, Hageage took over a team that was 1-17 overall and 0-7 in Big Sky play the year before, and turned it into the sixth most-improved team in the nation in 2000. In fact, that squad won more games that year (seven) than the previous two teams combined (four).
Hageage has also maintained high academic expectations for the EWU soccer program in his 12 years. Eastern was honored with the NSCAA Team Academic Award for nine-consecutive years, and in 2002, his team ranked second overall in the nation in grade point average with a 3.5 team GPA.
Before coming to EWU, Hageage spent three seasons as an assistant at the University of Toledo. He was also head coach at Division III Adrian College in 1995 and 1996. In fact, he has coached soccer at all levels for more than 20 years after a short professional career in indoor soccer.
Notably, Hageage was among a select class of 12 to be honored with the first-ever National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Master Diploma, which he was presented at the 2009 NSCAA Annual Convention in St. Louis, Mo.
The diploma was the result of Hageage completing a year-long course, modeled after the UEFA "A" Coaching License taught in Europe.
Previously, in 2001, he attained a Premier Coach License, which was passed with "distinction," the highest rating possible.
Hageage was added to the NSCAA national coaching staff and, in July 2006, taught in his first national coaching course in Bloomsburg, Pa., before returning in 2007.
He is one of only 47 coaches nationally on that elite staff, which currently includes University of North Carolina head women's coach Anson Dorrance; former England national team player and Canadian national team head coach Tony Waiters; and Newberry College head men's coach and former Nigeria national coach Sam Okpodu.
Hageage's professional development in recent years, as he was invited to take an online coaching course offered through the League Manager’s Association School of Football Management prior to the start of the 2010 season. These development courses are reserved for professional coaches in Europe, most notably the football managers of the English Premier League, as well as special invitees. Also during the past summer, Hageage was selected as a featured author on “The Playbook” – the official blog of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Hageage published a book in 2006, Developing a Successful Soccer Program. He has helped continue the growth of youth soccer in the region with team camps and clinics and was the director of coaching for the Spokane Valley Youth Association for four years.
In 1998 and 1999, Hageage was appointed head coach for the Ohio-North Olympic development program. He is also the Regional Technical Director for the NSCAA Region 12 and is in charge of all nonresidential coaching courses throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Hageage received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Richmond in 1988 and his master's in education from Toledo in 1998.
Hageage was born May 20, 1966. He married current Eagle goalkeeping coach Tamara Browder on June 10, 2000, and they have a 6-year-old son, George IV.
|Experience:||2nd Season/USSF National "A"|
After a brief stint with the Eagles in 2007, Julio Morales returned to Eastern Washington University in April 2011 as the lead assistant women's soccer coach.
Morales was a member of the EWU staff during the 2007 season, helping primarily with the junior varsity squad. A veteran of Pacific Northwest soccer, Morales has 17 years of coaching experience at a variety of levels, as well as four years of Division I playing experience.
"It is great to have Julio back on our staff," said Hageage. "He has great ties to the Spokane area, and throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are familiar with the quality of coach that he is, and we are very excited about the new energy he will bring to the program."
Since graduating from Gonzaga in 1993, Morales has coached at nearly every level of soccer from high school to club to junior college to NCAA Division I. Most recently, he was an assistant coach for the men's team at North Idaho College in 2010. He has also served as a Director of Coaching for the Spokane Shadow Premier Youth Soccer Club for the past three years. In 2010, he was selected as a Technical Staff Instructor for Washington Youth Soccer.
Prior to his term in the Spokane area, Morales served as a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Montana from 2004-06. While at UM, Morales helped with all aspects of the Big Sky program, including recruitment of student athletes, scheduling, scouting, technical training and academic progress. The Lady Griz qualified for the Big Sky Conference tournament in two of his three years with the program, including a runner-up finish in 2004. The squad had 14 all-conference selections from 2004-06, including nine on the first team.
Morales also coached the girls soccer team at Sentinel High School in Missoula from 1998-2006. The Spartans qualified for the state playoffs in six of his eight years at the helm, including a third-place finish in 2004.
In the midst of his many duties at UM and Sentinel, Morales also served as head coach for the Montana Youth Soccer Association Boys Olympic Development Program from 2002-04, after serving on the ODP staff since 1994.
A native of Missoula, Mont., Morales started his own playing career with the Missoula Strikers Club. Morales and the Strikers won two state club championships in his eight-year tenure with the team. His success in the youth soccer arena led to a Division I scholarship at nearby Gonzaga University. Morales was a four-year starter at central defender for the Bulldogs. He graduated from GU in 1993 with a bachelor's degree in political science.
|College:||Washington '94 / Toledo '96|
|Experience:||13th Season/NSCAA Advanced National/NSCAA Goalkeeping Diploma|
Tamara B. Hageage has been part of the Eastern Washington University women's soccer staff for 12 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).