|College:||Minot State College '74|
|At Bryant Since:||2012|
Rocky Hager enters his first season at Bryant University and will be in charge of the defensive line. Hager joins the Bulldogs after spending six seasons as the head coach at Northeastern University.
A college football coach since 1979, Hager brings an impressive resume to Smithfield. The Harvey, N. D., native won four national championships at North Dakota State during the 1980s. After winning two as an assistant coach in 1985 and 1986, Hager led his Bison team to a pair of undefeated seasons and Division II titles in 1988 and 1990. In 10 years at North Dakota State, Hager compiled a 91-25-1 record, winning five North Central Conference championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament seven years.
After the 1996 season, Hager was hired as an assistant coach at Temple University. He spent the next seven seasons with the Owls, coaching the quarterbacks, linebackers, tight ends and slot receivers.
Following the seven-year stint in Philadelphia, Hager was hired as the head coach at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass. Hager guided the Huskies for the next six seasons before the program was dropped after the 2009 campaign. In his six years on Huntington Ave., Hager posted a 20-47 overall record and a 16-32 record in the very tough Colonial Athletic Association.