Bryan Hagopian

Bryan Hagopian was named head coach for men's and women's cross-country and men's and women's outdoor track on July 9, 2008.

The 2017 track season became one of the most successful campaigns for Hagopian and his coaching staff gathering 16 national qualfiers, four participants, two All-Americans, a Peach Belt Conference Championship PBC Women’s Coach of the Year for the second year in a row and a PBC Men’s Field Athlete of the Year.
With 11 individual champions, the women’s team won the program’s first ever PBC Championship with a new championship record 214.5 points while the men’s side, who garnered four champions, claimed second for the third consecutive year.  During the competition, the Sharks became the first program ever in Peach Belt history to sweep both men’s and women’s pole vault and second team to sweep all four PBC Athlete of the Week awards.
This season, the Sharks broke 13 school records including four of the oldest records in the program while breaking four conference records and one all-time Peach Belt record. The Sharks also collected 15 Peach Belt Conference Athlete of the Week honors. At the end of the year, the Sharks had 16 All-Region honorees in 33 events while senior Shakira Bartley led the nation with six accolades. Bartley also became the first automatic qualifier, South Region Field Athlete of the Year and All-American in a field event in program history with a third-place finish in the triple jump at the national championship.

Despite having a youthful bunch, Hagopian's cross country teams continued to excel in 2016. The Sharks set personal bests and both teams once again qualified for the NCAA South Regional Championship. In his eighth season, Hagopian accomplished a rare feat as cross country swept the Sunshine State Conference Runner of the Week Awards twice - the first time since 2011 the Sharks swept the weekly awards more than once.

The 2015-16 year was strong for Hagopian as he completed his seventh season at NSU. The 2015 cross country season saw the women’s 6k and men’s 10k records broken as the men qualified for the national championship. On the women’s side, Anabel Knoll not only broke the school's 6k record , but also recevied Sunshine State Conference Freshman of the Year honors to go along with her all-region recognition. The 2016 track season experienced just as much success as the previous year as the Sharks set 13 records and garnered six Peach Belt Conference weekly honors. Both teams claimed second at the PBC Championships for the second straight season and had seven individual champions. The Sharks also broke four PBC Championship records and earned 23 all region honors.

The 2014-15 year was rather successful for Hagopian and NSU. Throughout the fall, the men's cross country team collected four top-three finishes while the women landed three. The men placed second out of 42 teams at the Greater Louisville Classic before both teams once again qualified for the regional championship. During the 2015 track season, the Sharks broke 13 school records and earned multiple Peach Belt Conference Athlete of the Week awards. Both the men and women finished second in the PBC Championship, picking up with eight individual championships in the process. Hagopian also received his first top-three national finisher when Sherrelle Jordan placed third in the 100m hurdles at the National Championship.

The 2013-14 athletic year proved to be another benchmark year for Hagopian's programs. All four sports under the head coach claimed top-5 finishes at their respective conference championships, with Alex Palm winning her second Sunshine State Conference Championship. Both the women and men were represented at the NCAA Cross Country National Championship. In track and field, the Sharks once again combined for a pair of top-3 finishes at the Peach Belt Conference Championships. There, the Sharks pulled home multiple individual titles and set up several individual runs at the NCAA National Championship. Nationals was highlighted by Ryan Jerothe's All-American performance in the pole vault.

During the 2012-13 season, The men's cross country team won the Sunshine State Conference title and  the 20th overall SSC Championship in Nova Southeastern history.The Shark men went on to continue their success by winning the South Regional Championship. This was the first time the team had won a Men's South Regional title in school’s history. The women took second at the SSC championships. Hagopian led Alexandra Palm to her first Sunshine State Conference Individual Championship. Palm is the first female in school history to win a Sunshine State Conference Title.The women took third-place at the South Regional Championship.The men came in 32nd as the women came in 29th at the NCAA Championships in Joplin, Mo. Hagopian led Alexandra Palm to her first Sunshine State Conference Individual Championship. Palm is the first female in school history to win a Sunshine State Conference Title.During the 2012-13 track and field season, Hagopian has helped the team accumulate five NCAA national representatives, six conference champions, two Peach Belt Athlete of The Year awards and 16 personal records and helped five athletes reach the NCAA national championship.  He provided coaching to Peri Bowman, who was named Co-Athlete of the Year and Darren Hendricks, who was named Freshman Athlete of The Year. In addition, he also helped guide the women’s and men’s team to a second and third place finish at their first Peach Belt Conference Championship. 

Following his unprecedented inaugural season as head coach in 2009, Hagopian came into his second year with high expectations of both cross country and track and field teams. He found it when Carlyle Thompson became the program’s first first-ever All-American for Track and Field. Thompson performed in the 2010 NCAA Championships and was the first one to do so in program history and earned sixth place.

During his first season with the Sharks, Hagopian coached both programs to multiple records during both the cross country and track and field seasons. On the women’s side, Krystal Porter and Brooke Hurley became the first two runners in the women’s cross country history to run sub 19:00 in the 5K. During the track season records were met in 10 track events as well as in three field events as the Sharks competed in field events for the first time since the track and field program began in 2006. Most notably for NSU’s women’s team for the track and field season was Kyley Jorgensen, who was a freshman who provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships in the 100 meters.

Quick Facts
NSU Career Nine Seasons
SSC Coach of the Year Honors 1 (2012)
South Region Coach of the Year Honors 1 (2012)
PBC Coach of the Year Honors 3 (2014, 2016, 2017)
All-Americans 12
Combined Top-5 Finishes 18
Individual Conference Champions 42
On the men’s side, both Jeff Palmer and Eskender Abdalla recorded cross country’s first ever sub-26:00 8K times. Palmer ultimately ran NSU records in the 8K and the 10K with his 32:25 in the 10K at the Division II South Regional Championships, nearly two minutes faster than anyone else on NSU’s all-time top 10K times. In track and field the program had multiple and individual best performances. Michael Wilson became the first athlete in program history to provisionally qualify for the NCAA Division II National Championships in two events. Wilson, who provisionally qualified in the 200 meters in 2008, met the provisional times in both 100 and 200 meters.

Hagopian joined the Sharks after serving for one year at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette as the assistant men's and women's track and field coach for the NCAA Division I institution.

From 2004-2006, Hagopian was the head men's and women's cross-country/track & field coach for the College of Mount Saint Joseph (NCAA D-III) in Cincinnati, Ohio. He founded the inaugural men's and women's track and field teams for the Lions, while the cross country team garnered All-Region honors.

He was the assistant men's and women's cross-country/track and field coach for Upper Iowa University (NCAA D-II) in Fayette, Iowa from 2002-2003, where the Peacocks cross-country teams earned All-Conference and All-Region accolades.

He began his collegiate head coaching career at Mount Senario College (NAIA) in Ladysmith, Wis. He founded the first-ever cross-country team for the Fighting Saints and coached three National qualifiers in Track and Field from 1999-2001.

Hagopian earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Physical Education and Coaching from Hastings College in Neb., and a Master of Science Degree in Athletic Administration from Minnesota State University-Mankato.