March 16, 2005
ECACHL Makes Hagwell's Apppointment Permanent

By Joe Gladziszewski


Steve Hagwell’s first season in charge of operations for the ECAC Hockey League was met with approval. The ECACHL Executive Committee, chaired by Yale Senior Associate Athletics Director Wayne Dean, permanently appointed Hagwell as commissioner of the ECAC Hockey League on Wednesday.

"This is a very exciting time for the ECAC Hockey League, as it is for college hockey across the country," Dean said. "Steve Hagwell has provided our league and its 12 member institutions with tremendous leadership and guidance throughout his tenure with both the Eastern College Athletic Conference and the ECAC Hockey League. I can think of no one better in college hockey to lead us into the future than Steve Hagwell. He has tremendous support from our policy committee, institutional administration, coaches and officials, as well as the college hockey community.”

When Hagwell was initially appointed, the executive committee planned to open the ECACHL Commissioner’s position to a national search at the conclusion of the current year. However, that was deemed unnecessary after an evaluation committee spoke with coaches and administrators, and other college hockey officials. The feedback received strongly supported Hagwell’s permanent appointment. The evaluation committee received was in comprised of Ken Ralph (RPI AD), Sean Frazier (Clarkson AD), Anita Brenner (Cornell Associate AD), Digit Murphy (Brown women’s head coach), and Tim Taylor (Yale men’s head coach).

“We knew we had the right person,” Ralph said.

Among Hagwell’s accomplishments in promoting and securing the league’s future include working a contract extension with Pepsi Arena to host the league’s men’s championship weekend through 2008; increased television coverage in conjunction with CSTV including coverage of this weekend’s semifinal and championship games; several new marketing and corporate partnership agreements; and the relocation of the league’s hockey offices to the Pepsi Arena in Albany.

"Let me be clear: I would not be in this position today if not for the tremendous support of the ECAC Hockey League administrators, coaches, athletics department staffs and volunteers who comprise this league," Hagwell said. "I am the fortunate individual who will serve as commissioner; however, the heart and soul of this league are truly the individuals at each of the member institutions."

Since Hagwell’s initial appointment was a one-year contract, he worked from his home on Cape Cod during the 2004-05 season.

Hagwell joined the Eastern College Athletic Conference in August 1999, and was named Associate Commissioner for men's hockey in 2000. In that role, he oversaw the day-to day operations of the league and served as the senior liaison to the league's coaches and athletics administrators. He also took on the additional responsibility of overseeing the women's league operations in 2003.

Prior to joining the general ECAC staff, Hagwell worked at NCAA headquarters in the public affairs office for over seven years. At the NCAA, Hagwell was the assistant manager of publishing where he served as liaison to the Men's Ice Hockey Rules Committee and the NCAA Baseball Research Panel. He also was responsible for supervising a staff of editors.

Before his stint at the NCAA, Hagwell spent time on the sports information staffs as the University of Kentucky, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, and University of Florida.

A graduate of Michigan Tech, Hagwell and his wife, Carrie, have three children: Jordy, Joshua, and Jack.

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