Hagy, who served as head coach at rival David Crockett for 20 years, emerged from a field of strong candidates as the Trailblazers’ top pick. Hagy led the Pioneers to back-to-back Class AAA sectional appearances in 2009-10. He’s glad to now take over the Boone program after the recent resignation of Rob Hoover to pursue full-time ministry.
“Rob is just a tremendous person and that’s obvious with why he stepped down and what he’s getting ready to pursue,” Hagy said. “He’s an extremely good friend of mine and I have a lot of respect for him.”
Hagy is also well respected in the coaching community as his Crockett teams in those 2009-10 seasons finished runner-up to Science Hill — which included future Major League pitcher Daniel Norris — in the Region 1-AAA tournament. Both times, the Pioneers were eliminated from the postseason by eventual state champion Farragut.
Daniel Boone athletic director Danny Good praised Hoover for his 14 years as the Trailblazers’ coach and also talked about why Hagy was the choice.
“The search committee for this position sought to find the most qualified, experienced and dedicated educator possible,” Good said. “These factors ultimately led to the hiring of Coach Hagy.
“During his span of nearly 30 years of service to Washington County Schools, Coach Hagy has served for 20 years as a baseball head coach, athletic director, administrator and teacher.”
There is a potentially strong lineup for the upcoming season at Boone, including Tennessee commit Cade Elliott, Brody Goodman, Colby Backus, Cole Bishop, Preston Miller, Anthony Edwards and Gavin Jones.
“I know Rob was really excited for this group of seniors,” Hagy said. “We’re anticipating being good, being competitive and having a legitimate chance. I think we’re highly capable of making a run this season. We’re going to have to have a young kid or two step up. With the the good senior leadership, it’s been proven in the past it can be done. We want to win the conference and advance on down the road. That’s what we’re playing for.”
Hagy has a coaching staff in Tucker McPherson, John Long and Drew Patterson. He’s familiar with each assistant.
“It’s a good young staff,” Hagy said. “John Long played for me and was with me at Crockett the last couple of years. Tucker and Drew are fine young men. I’ve taught with Tucker and I’ve known Drew’s dad. There may be one more join me on staff.”
A Sullivan East graduate, Hagy started his coaching career at Mary Hughes School. He moved to Crockett for the 1989-90 school year and was a baseball assistant while handling duties as Lamar’s basketball coach.
He served as an assistant basketball coach to Mike Poe and Marty Street at Crockett, and also was an assistant football coach. He plans to coach only baseball at Boone, although he intends to offer support to the basketball and football programs.
While winning is the goal, there are many more factors that Hagy is most proud of over his previous two decades as head coach.
“My former players, I’ve had a lot coach with me,” Hagy said. “I take a lot of pride when I get the birth announcements, wedding invitations. That makes me feel like we’ve done things right.”
With the veteran skipper guiding the ship, there is plenty of optimism surrounding Boone’s program. Good added there is a strong support system to back up Hagy.
“We are very excited to see what the future holds for our baseball program,” Good said. “We are confident the baseball program is heading in the right direction due to the leadership both within our program and the tremendous support from our community, including parents. We have outstanding student-athletes as a result of the unwavering support received from their parents and families.”