Mark Hagen is in his 11th season at Purdue. He was hired March 28, 2000. Hagen returned to coaching the linebackers in 2009, the same position he had in 2006 and 2007, after working with the defensive tackles from 1997 to 2005 and again in 2008. He served as special teams coordinator from 2003 to 2008 and as assistant head coach under Joe Tiller from 2005 to 2008.
Hagen was named one of the Big Ten's top recruiters by Rivals.com in February of 2010.
From 2000 to 2004, the Boilermakers ranked third, third, fourth, third and second in the Big Ten in rushing defense, yielding 149.8, 126.9, 116.2, 96.4 and 105.3 yards per game. They were 46th in the nation in 2000, 34th in 2001, 23rd in 2002, 10th in 2003 and 14th in 2004.
Hagen has coached 10 players who went on to the National Football League: defensive tackles Ryan Baker (Miami Dolphins), Alex Magee (Kansas City Chiefs), Matt Mitrione (New York Giants), Mike Neal (Green Bay Packers), Craig Terrill (Seattle Seahawks) and Brandon Villarreal (New Orleans Saints) and linebackers Cliff Avril (Detroit Lions), George Hall (Minnesota Vikings), Anthony Heygood (Carolina Panthers) and Stanford Keglar (Tennessee Titans).
Hagen's effect on special teams was nothing short of miraculous. The Boilermakers went from 109th in the nation in kickoff returns in 2002 (17.5 average) to sixth in 2004 (24.9). They ranked second nationally in kickoff return coverage in both 2006 (14.6 average) and 2007 (17.1 average). Kicker Ben Jones tied the Big Ten season record with 25 field goals in 2003. From 2003 to 2008, Purdue blocked 19 kicks (10 field goals, eight punts and one extra point) and scored eight special teams touchdowns (five kickoff returns, two blocked punts and one punt return).
In 2005, Hagen was named one of the nation's top 25 recruiters by Rivals.com.
Hagen came to Purdue from Northern Illinois, where he served as an assistant coach from 1996 to 1999. He coached the defensive tackles and also managed camps and clinics.
Hagen worked at Indiana as graduate assistant to the strength coach in 1992 and 1993 and as administrative assistant to the athletics director from 1993 to 1995. He coordinated all football operations, including game and office management, budget, recruiting, compliance and team travel.
Hagen graduated from Indiana with a B.S. in marketing in 1991. He earned an M.S. in sport marketing and management from Indiana in 1995. He was a standout linebacker for the Hoosiers from 1987 to 1991.
Hagen was a four-year letterwinner, two-time second team All-Big Ten selection (1990 and 1991) and three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree (1989, 1990 and 1991). He returned an interception 21 yards for a touchdown against Purdue in West Lafayette on Nov. 24, 1990. Hagen was the 1991 Copper Bowl Most Valuable Defensive Player (11 tackles in a 24-0 victory over Baylor) and the team's Balfour Award recipient in 1991 for bringing distinction and honor to the university.
A native of Carmel, Ind., Hagen (born July 28, 1969) and his wife, Denise, have four daughters: Abby, Emma, Ellie and Ava.