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Hagerty to coach new William Jewell College wrestling programs

William Jewell College is bringing back men's wrestling after a 27-year-absence -- and introducing a new women's mat program starting in 2021. Both mat programs will be headed up by Keenan Hagerty, who has been named the head men's and women's wrestling coach at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo. outside Kansas City, the Courier-Tribune reported Thursday.

Keenan Hagerty
"Keenan comes highly recommended by people all over the college wrestling community," William Jewell Director of Athletics Tom Eisenhauer said. "His familiarity with GLVC wrestling will help position us for success in a very competitive league."

Hagerty comes to the Cardinals from Maryville University where he has spent four years as the top assistant on the Saints staff. During that time, he has helped Maryville to 19 All-Great Lakes Valley Conference selections, 15 NCAA-II national qualifiers, seven All-Americans and one national champion. Additionally, the Saints excelled in the classroom with Hagerty on staff having won three straight National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic Team National Championships, including setting a new Division II wrestling GPA record with a 3.556 mark in 2020. Hagerty had graduated from Maryville in 2016.

Prior to heading Marysville for college, Hagerty attended Blue Springs High School (as with William Jewel College, located in suburban Kansas City, Mo.) where he won a state championship under his father, Mike, a 2016 inductee into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

"From early in the search process, I was impressed with Keenan's passion and enthusiasm for the sport," Eisenhauer added. "We're excited to be the only NCAA-II wrestling program in Kansas City and to have someone who is a product of Kansas City wrestling lead the program is a perfect fit."

"I am excited to join William Jewell College and bring men's and women's wrestling to the campus," Hagerty said. "I look forward to moving back to the Kansas City area where wrestling is such a high priority.

"There is a very bright future for William Jewell wrestling and I am eager to get started."

William Jewel College had revealed plans to introduce a new women's wrestling program -- as well as resurrecting a men's program after a 27-year-absence -- back in early June 2020.

Founded in 1849 by members of the Missouri Baptist Convention, William Jewell College is a private, liberal-arts college located in Liberty, Missouri just east of Kansas City, Mo. William Jewell has approximately 730 students. William Jewell College's varsity programs -- including the new women's wrestling program and resurrected men's program -- compete in NCAA Division II as the Cardinals.

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