Hagelberg Resigns as Seahawk Rowing Head Coach

Dan Hagelberg - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Dan Hagelberg - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – St. Mary's College of Maryland Director of Athletics and Recreation Scott Devine announced Wednesday afternoon that Daniel Hagelberg, who has led the St. Mary's men's and women's rowing teams for the last three seasons, is stepping down to pursue professional opportunities in the legal and political sectors. Hagelberg's resignation will be effective on June 30.

"Coach Hagelberg has been the face of Seahawk rowing since we elevated the men's and women's rowing teams to varsity status. He took on the challenge of getting us ready to compete at the varsity level for the first time. Dan was also the lead figure in obtaining league membership in the MARC, an important early step for the programs," stated Devine.

Devine added, "Dan was extremely dedicated to our student-athletes and to the sport of rowing, and he always brought great passion and enthusiasm to the workplace. We will miss working with Dan, and thank him for all of his time and energy over the last three years. I wish him nothing but the best as he pursues opportunities in the world of politics."

The Pittsford, N.Y., native joined the St. Mary's athletic staff in July 2015 when the rowing programs were promoted to varsity status. Hagelberg led the Seahawks through their transitional period in 2015-16 before guiding the women's team to back-to-back fourth-place finishes at the Mid-Atlantic Rowing Conference Championships in 2017 and 2018.

Hagelberg reflected, "It has been wonderful to be a part of this team's growth over the last three years. The plans I have laid [down] and watched implemented by our rowers and staff extend far beyond the time I spent here. I would have liked to have taken them even further, but the pull to return to politics in a serious and meaningful way just could not be ignored any longer."

In two years as varsity programs, the men's and women's teams combined for 12 All-MARC awards. Additionally, St. Mary's picked up 22 MARC Academic All-Conference honors.

"I believe in the rowers to keep the program moving forward and the alums to help welcome and guide the new coach," said Hagelberg. "When I arrived three years ago, I declared St. Mary's fertile ground for a great program. Today, I know that is the truth."

A national search for the next Seahawk men's and women's rowing head coach will begin immediately with the goal of having someone named by early to mid-August. 

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