August 28, 2013

Tamara Hageage To Be Inducted Into Toledo City League Hall Of Fame

Hageage is currently in her 14th year as EWU Women's Soccer's goalkeeping coach while also serving as an academic advisor in Eastern's athletic department

Eastern Washington assistant soccer coach Tamara Browder Hageage has been named an inductee for the Toledo (Ohio) City League's 2013 Hall of Fame class.  Hageage, the goalkeepers coach for the past 13 years at EWU, had a storied career at Toledo's Calvin M. Woodward High School in Toledo and will be honored for her accomplishments Monday, Nov. 4, at The Premier, a banquet hall in Toledo.

Hageage, who attended Woodward from 1987-1990, competed in football, soccer and baseball with the boys, while running track and playing basketball with the girls team.  She excelled in all five sports, earning a total of 15 varsity letters and compiling an array of postseason honors both from her team and from the Toledo City League.  To name a few, Hageage was the league soccer defensive MVP three times, was twice named track and field MVP and as the Woodward placekicker became the first female to score in a City League football game.

During her years at Woodward, Hageage garnered national attention from playing on three boys' squads, appearing on the Joan Rivers Show and numerous talk radio shows, as well as being interviewed by several newspapers and national magazines, including People and Sports Illustrated.

Hageage went on to compete at Colorado College for a year and the University of Washington for three years on their respective soccer teams.  Aside from being named Defensive MVP and Defensive Player of the Year while at UW, Hageage still sits third all time in goals against average (1.21) and fourth in both saves (189) and shutouts (15) in the school record books.  She also holds UW's single season saves record (106) and is second in shutouts (8).

After graduating from UW in 1994 with a degree in German Language and Literature, Hageage received her Master's from the University of Toledo in English as a Second Language (ESL).  During her two-year stint at Toledo, Hageage coached the St. Ursula High School soccer team to the regional finals, competed for the Cincinnati Leopards of the Women's United States Interregional Soccer League and worked as an assistant coach for Toledo's Division I women's soccer team.

Hageage went on to compete internationally in Russia, Denmark and Canada from 1997-1999 until an injury ended her playing career.  Hageage has been coaching ever since, only stopping at Northview High School in Sylvania, Ohio as head coach before moving on to EWU, where she's been since 2001.

A published author, Hageage has released two books on the art of goalkeeping, Effective Soccer Goalkeeping for Women and 50 Complete Goalkeeping Training Sessions. Hageage frequently volunteers her time with TOPSoccer, a program for children with disabilities.

Now in her 14th year coaching the Eagle goalies, Hageage has led seven keepers to Big Sky Conference recognition, one of whom was the Big Sky's top newcomer, and two of whom were named the league's Defensive Player of the Year.  In addition, Tierra Como still holds the Big Sky record for most saves in a career (420) thanks to Hageage's leadership.

Hageage is married to George Hageage III, EWU's head women's soccer coach, and has one son, George IV.  In addition to her coaching duties, she serves as an Athletic Academic Advisor and teaches English as a Second Language in EWU's English Language Institute.

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