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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.

FMF February 21, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Pat is an all around great guy!! He is first and foremost for the kids.....His sports camps are great. My boys had the opportunity to play against his Wyckoff teams in youth football, they were always well coached and played the game hard..You featured a good man.......
Michael Madigan February 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Quite a tribute to a true pillar of our community. Pat truly has a great passion for sports and activities in Wyckoff and a genuine "heart of gold" for our kids.
Robert Skead February 21, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Pat is an excellent coach and leader. He knows how to help kids improve at their craft and how to manage a team and game. Equally important, he is able to connect with kids in a way that shows he truly cares. With Pat, there's never any daddy ball--he cares about all the kids on the court or field and their development as players, not just his own (a rare thing nowadays). And now that the Wyckoff Family YMCA has him, what a tremendous resource for even more kids in the area through his camps, clinics and programs. I'll trust that he likes the Giants more than the Steelers. Keep up the great work Pat! You're making a difference and a blessed man. Rob Skead
Carl Susini February 21, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Pat is one of the most honest and loyal people I know. Once Pat gives you his word, you never have to check to see if he followed through. You just know he did. He is unselfish in everything he does and is a GREAT role model for all of the youth that he donates his free time for. And best of all, he is my friend and brother. Don't ever change Pat, and thank you for being the man you are.
Michele Meussner February 21, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Lynn, thanks for this profile on Pat. He has been a great coach and mentor to my son Jack throughout the years. From his coaching, leadership at the Y and community involvment we are grateful for his strong and influential presence in our town. Nicely done!
Kristine Pepper February 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM
As a coach and athlete, Pat has taken the Y's sports programs to the next level. As a friend, and co-worker, he is fun, kind and considerate. He is the rare coach who can teach skills and strategies while also communicating valuable life lessons including teamwork, fair play, and a lifelong love of the game. Pat's positive influence on kids through Wyckoff's sports programs and at the Wyckoff YMCA is boundless. Thanks, Pat. You are a game-changer!
Rene February 21, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Wycoff is lucky to have such a great leader and role model involved in the community. Just ask any of the HUNDREDS of kids he has helped over the years. He treats the last kid on the bench with the same respect and energy, if not more, than the best kid on the team, and that is what a true coach does, and that is what Pat is all about.
Laura Morris February 21, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Lynn, great choice profiling Pat. He's coached both my kids in several sports and is the standard against whom they measure all coaches. He is more than a coach..he's a mentor, teacher and motivator. His knowledge is exceptional but his passion and ability to connect to the kids is what sets him apart. He challenges, excites and encourages them to always, always give their best efforts on and off the fields...to take that attitude with them to every situation in life. His legacy of coaching over 10 years in town has benefited countless youth, both in Wyckoff rec programs and surrounding towns with his competitve sports camps...and now his position as Sports Director at the YMCA will give so many more children the advantage and pleasure to be coached and instructed by him. He makes a real difference in the life of our kids....Wyckoff and the Ymca are very lucky and blessed to have him....thanks so much Pat.
Joseph M. Gerace (Editor) February 22, 2012 at 01:11 AM
Hey, Rene. Long time no talk. Hope all is well in Glen Rock. Cheers.
Sal Pellegrino February 22, 2012 at 01:37 AM
a true treasure .
Christine Becker February 22, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Lynn - a great write up on one of my favorite people in town. Pat is definitely an asset to the Wyckoff Recreation programs. My younger two boys have enjoyed both his football and basketball camps and he is definitely the kind of coach you want your child to play for. Pat's involvement - both at the Y and in town - helps to make Wyckoff's recreation programs great.
BETH February 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Lynn -a great article about Pat . WE HAVE KNOWN PAT FOR 18 YEARS AND I THINK HE TREATS ALL CHILDREN AS IF THEY ARE HIS OWN ! AND HE IS ALWAYS THEIR FOR THEM ! (AND FOR THE ADULTS TOO)
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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