Eric Hagan, the head volleyball coach at Kentucky Wesleyan College, submitted his resignation on Wednesday evening, as announced by Vice President of Intercollegiate Athletics Mark Shook. Hagan has been the Panthers’ for over a decade, including nine as the head coach. He will be moving to an opportunity outside of athletics. Assistant Coach Alejandra Jimenez will serve as interim head coach throughout the duration of the season.
“Eric has been dedicated to our student-athletes for over a decade at Kentucky Wesleyan and we are grateful for his time and efforts to grow our program,” commented Vice President Shook. “We wish him well in this next chapter of his professional life.”
Hagan, a 2002 Brescia graduate and Owensboro native, has guided the Panthers since 2014 season. For four years prior he served as the program’s top assistant, helping the Panthers to a 26-7 record in 2013. In 2014, his first as head coach, Hagan became the first coach in school history to produce a winning record in their first season.
Jimenez has been with the program since the 2020 season and has been actively involved in the program’s development, conditioning, and recruiting. She has also been an active member within the campus community. Jimenez was an incredible volleyball player in her own right, playing at Louisiana Tech from 2013-16. She still holds LA Tech’s career digs record and was named to their All-Decade team in 2020.
“We know that intercollegiate athletics never stops so we must move forward without delay,” continued Vice President Shook. “We have over a month of the season remaining and I look forward to how Coach Jimenez will lead our team for this second half of the season.”
A search process will be defined over the next few weeks for a permanent replacement.