Marques Hagans leaving Virginia for Penn State
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 SPORTS) -- After more than a decade coaching at his alma mater, Virginia assistant coach Marques Hagans is leaving for a new opportunity at Penn State.
Hagans accepted the role of offensive recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach with the Nittany Lions after 12 seasons coaching the receivers at UVA.
"For me, UVA was a dream come true," Hagans said in a statement on Twitter, "On behalf of my entire family, tank you to the countless players, coaches, Wahoo fans, athletic administration, and people within the Charlottesville community who have made sixteen years of my life so fulfilling."
Hagans will replace former Nittany Lions receivers coach Taylor Stubblefield, who was fired earlier this month.
""He is a veteran coach, whose experiences playing both quarterback and wide receiver at the highest levels will bring tremendous value to our program," Penn State coach James Franklin said, "Marques has a proven track record of developing receivers throughout his career and has worked alongside many coaches I respect. Marques is a relationship-based leader, whose family values align with the culture of Penn State."
Over the last decade back on the sidelines at his alma mater, Hagans has developed some of the top receivers in UVA program history. Hagans coached ten of the top-15 players on the Virginia all-time leaders in receptions, while also seeing his players break program records for receptions and receiving yards in a season.
During his time as a coach, Hagans was an assistant for three different head coaches, in Mike London, Bronco Mendenhall and most recently Tony Elliott.
Hagans was one of two holdovers from Bronco Mendenhall's staff on Tony Elliott's first coaching staff after returning as receivers coach and being promoted to associate head coach. Both Hagans and offensive line coach Garett Tujague left after one season with Elliott, with Tujague accepting the offensive line coach position at NC State.