Soccer game

TJ Hagen wins 300th career men’s soccer game as Mesa High coach

With the help of his goalie son, TJ Hagen won his 300th career game as Mesa High men’s soccer coach, leading the Jackrabbits to a 1-0 win over Cesar Chavez on Wednesday night.

The 300 wins came at Mesa, where he has led the program for 26 years.

The milestone was particularly gratifying with junior Jordan Hagen, son of TJ, picking up his eighth shutout in the net.

“That means our program has been one of the best in the state over the years,” Hagen said. “But above all, to be successful for as long as we have been, we need to have talented players, teachers and staff who are dedicated to working with them to be successful in the classroom.”

Mesa improved to 12-0. He won both tournaments in which he participated.

“We didn’t even think we were going to do this well until several players came back from the MLS Next program to play in high school in their senior year in mid to late November,” Hagen said.

Mesa coach TJ Hagen received a gift to celebrate his 300th career win as the school's men's soccer coach.

Hagen credits strength trainers Doug Larish and Jim Trischan, administration, parents and his assistants for the success.

“One thing we like to tell our new players is how respected we are,” Hagen said. “Most of the time the teams never take us lightly. They know we’re going to compete and work hard for you to beat us. We pride ourselves on being competitive night after night.”

Hagen is one of a handful of longtime head football coaches in the state.

To start the season, Tucson Salpointe Catholic boys football coach Wolfgang Weber won his 700th game from his 41st season.

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