Hager Named ITA Assistant Coach of the Year
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Tennis - Fri, Jun. 2, 2017

TEMPE, Ariz. — The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced the 2017 NAIA national and regional award winners recently, and the University of Northwestern Ohio's Alex Hager was named the ITA Assistant Coach of the Year.

Hager proved to be an integral part of what was the best season in program history. He always made himself available to the players for extra practice sessions and is loved by the team. In January, Hager helped the UNOH tennis program partner with a local tennis organization. The venture raised over $3,000 to sponsor tennis clinics for inner-city children in the area. Hager also organized the second annual UNOH Kids' Day in August 2016, where over 100 kids in the community came out to play tennis with UNOH players for several hours.

The award caps off an outstanding career with the Racers as Hager recently accepted a position as a teaching pro in Macon, Ga. at the Idle Hour Country Club. Prior to his four years as Assistant Coach, Hager played four seasons for UNOH, accumulating 108 wins.

"It's hard to put into words what Alex has meant to UNOH tennis over the last 8 years, both as a player and a coach, and I'm thrilled to see him win this award in his final year with us," said Head Coach Phil Carlisle. "It's been a privilege to coach with him as long as I have, and I'll certainly miss having him here. That said, I'm very excited for him and this new opportunity he has down in Georgia. He'll forever be a part of this program and I can't thank him enough for all of his hard work and his commitment to UNOH."

Hager was also named the ITA East Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year in 2015.

For more information regarding the awards, visit www.ITATennis.com