SPOKANE, Wash. - It is not quite musical chairs, but Daman Hagerott and Jael Hagerott will be swapping spots on the Whitworth women’s soccer bench this coming fall. Whitworth Athletics Director Warren Friedrichs has announced that Jael will be taking the reins as the head coach of the Pirates and Daman will assume assistant duties.

Daman Hagerott has served Whitworth as the women’s soccer head coach for six seasons, first during a four-year stretch from 1993 through 1996 and again over the last two seasons. His career record is 77-29-6 while leading the Pirates, including second place finishes in the Northwest Conference in 2009 and 2010 and a pair of Northwest Conference of Independent Colleges co-titles in 1993 and 1995.

“I am excited about the future of our women’s soccer program under the leadership of Jael Hagerott,” Friedrichs said. “Jael distinguished herself during her undergraduate years at Whitworth. As a student in our Kinesiology program she was one of the brightest and hardest-working students I have encountered in my 26 years in the department, and as a player she was a team leader, an outstanding competitor and made those around her better.”

Jael Hagerott has served as a Whitworth assistant coach for three seasons, first under Sean Bushey in 2008 and then the last two years under her father. The Pirates’ record over the last three seasons is 46-12-1.

Hagerott is one of the greatest players ever to don the Crimson and Black on the soccer field. Hagerott was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American who finished her Pirate years as Whitworth's all-time leader in assists with 30, and as one of the all-time goal scorers in Pirate history (also 30). A 2007 NSCAA Third Team All-American, she was a four-time First Team All-Northwest Conference honoree and was voted as the NWC's Offensive Player of the Year as a freshman in 2003. In 2007 she was instrumental in Whitworth's 18-3 season which concluded in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament, the Pirates' first-ever appearance in that championship.

Jael Hagerott is excited to be moving into her new role at Whitworth.

“Soccer has been my passion and joy for most of my life, and to have the opportunity to help other women experience this love of the game is incredibly exciting to me,” she said. “I am looking forward to creating an environment where our players are able to develop their soccer talents, compete successfully, and at the same time build strong academic foundations for future careers.”

Hagerott feels her playing and coaching experiences have readied her for this moment.

“As a former Whitworth student-athlete I have an appreciation and understanding for what it takes to be successful both on the field and in the classroom,” she said. “As an assistant coach, I have been involved in every aspect of the women’s program which has prepared me well for leading Whitworth women’s soccer into the future.”

Daman Hagerott will return to role of primarily teaching in Whitworth’s Health Sciences and Kinesiology departments. He envisions little difficulty in the Jael’s transition to her new role.

“This is a great situation,” he said. “Jael and I have worked very closely together over many years, and particularly the last several years in the women’s program. She has been intricately involved at all levels of the program both on and off the field.”

Whitworth returns several starters, including leading scorers Sarah Berentson and Corey Druffel and goaltender Callie Bergstrom, from last fall’s team that finished 14-5-1 overall and runners-up in the NWC.