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Local Faces: Pat O'Hagan

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Pat O’Hagan knows sports, he's the sports director at the Wyckoff YMCA, owner of O’Hagan Sports Camps, and director of the Wyckoff Football program and head coach of the senior team. The father of three has coached his children along with Wyckoff youth for more than eleven years.

Food

I miss the Brownstone — they had great burgers and wings. I would go with the family or meet friends for a bite to eat. For a nice dinner my favorite place locally is The Brick House.  The food is good and Aldo [Cascio] is generous to the community.

Entertainment

I'm a sports fan! I love the Giants, the Steelers and the Yankees. I attended the Giants' Super Bowl with my sons Patrick and Joseph and it was an amazing experience to share with my boys. I enjoy music, especially U2 and Springsteen. Singing rock 'n' roll music makes me happy.

Education

I played football at Hawthorne High School and Upsala College.  My daughter is a freshman at Penn State and my oldest son is a junior at Ramapo High School.  My youngest son is an eighth grader at Eisenhower Middle School.

Travel

One of my most memorable trips was to Ireland and London with 20 members of my family. We visited the Irish village of my mother’s childhood. To walk with my mom and children through the places of her youth was powerful. It was great meeting our Irish relatives. My family enjoys summer vacations in LBI. 

Make a Wish

I want to see kids get off the couch and away from their video games and computers — put down the cell phones, stop texting, and get active. Being a part of a team teaches kids how to interact with others and work collectively to achieve a goal.

Issues

It is troubling to see so many good people out of work. Economic challenges are not happening on the news but in our own community. I hope there is a turnaround and things get better soon.

Wyckoff

I grew-up in Hawthorne and have lived in Wyckoff since 1991 — I'm truly a local guy. I wish that communication in town would improve so that all groups could work together for the good of the community.

Sarah Halejian February 23, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Coach O'Hagan has dedicated so much of his time and effort to the youth of Wyckoff. As a past player of his, I can definitely say there is no better person to have as a coach growing up. He does not just teach about sports. He teaches all of his players the proper way to conduct themselves on and off the field/court and is an awesome role model for kids to be around. The best part is, it has never been about him. He has and always will be all about the well-being of the kids, and this article is a clear representation of that. Thanks coach for your many years dedication!
Samantha Klie February 23, 2012 at 03:54 PM
When I was in fourth grade Coach O'Hagan came to coach my Wyckoff Traveling basketball team and immediately his positive energy and knowledge about sports rubbed off on myself and all of my teammates. He was my coach for 5 years after that and I couldn't imagine a better way to experience athletics. Coach O is truly one of the most unique people I have ever met. His passion for sports and for life is contagious and he is an unbelievably inspirational coach. He has a special ability to form a unique bond with each one of his players and bring out a person's full potential. I now work at his camps and that same spirit of intensity and love, that defined my childhood experience with basketball, is there everyday. Coach O'Hagan is also an incredible father, husband, brother and friend and a role model to everyone he meets. I'm so happy this article was written about him and I can't think of anyone who deserves it more!!!!
Artie Pavlik February 24, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Pat dedication to kids is second to none...His enthusiam is so refreshing not about the I's its about the we's and us..Totally gets it all about the kids..
Artie Pavlik February 24, 2012 at 02:16 AM
Left out the most important thing a total CLASS ACT!!!!
Samantha Jurgens February 24, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Not only is Pat O'Hagan a great coach but a truly amazing person. I have known Pat for my entire life and he has always been a great role model for those around him. He puts spirit and passion into everything he does and always gives 100%! I love working at his camps in the summer and all of the kids really enjoy it! Great article!

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