Darian Hagan, Colorado great, leaving Buffs staff for coaching opportunity
Darian Hagan is reportedly leaving his position at Colorado to get back into coaching. According to Brian Howell of BuffZone, Hagan is following Sean Lewis to San Diego State. Hagan will be the running backs coach on Lewis’ staff, per Howell.
A legendary quarterback in the CU Athletics Hall of Fame, Hagan got into coaching in 2005. The San Diego State position will be Hagan’s first time working for a school other than his alma mater.
Hagan’s title on the Colorado staff was offensive assistant in 2005. He was then named running backs coach in 2006, a position he held through the 2010 season.
For the next 5 seasons, Hagan worked in off-field roles. He was Colorado’s director of player personnel for the 2011 and ’12 seasons. Hagan then served as director of player development from 2013-to-2015.
Mike MacIntyre moved Hagan back to the running backs coach position ahead of the 2016 season. Hagan was retained through multiple coaching changes. Mel Tucker and Karl Dorrell each kept Hagan as the running backs coach through their tenures.
Deion Sanders cleaned house upon his arrival in Boulder, but notably retained Hagan. Under Sanders, Hagan moved back to an off-field role, serving as executive director of community engagement and outreach, as well as an ambassador.