The Rev. Robert Hagan, OSA, is associate athletic director and chaplain for the Villanova men’s basketball and football programs. As associate athletics director, Father Hagan helps to oversee the Office of Sports Medicine, focusing on matters of health and safety for our University’s 600 student athletes. As chaplain, Father Hagen is a constant presence on the sidelines and bench for all men’s basketball and football games. In addition to his on-field presence, he is responsible for leading each team’s pre- and post-game prayer.
Father Hagan received a BA in English from Villanova in 1987 and went on to earn a JD from Widener University School of Law in 1990. After receiving his law degree, he spent seven years as an attorney with Gillin and Associates, where he served as criminal defense counsel, in addition to handling contract negotiations, arbitrations and mediations. He also served as assistant counsel to the Solicitor for the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority and the Delaware County Register of Wills. He is a past member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the Delaware County Bar Association and the Delaware County Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys. At age 32, Father Hagan put the law aside to follow a call to enter the Order of St. Augustine. He served as chaplain at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and at the University of Maryland, College Park, and received a master’s degree in Theology from the Washington Theological Union in 2003.