South Dakota State University's 42nd inductee into the Jackrabbit Sports Hall of Fame will be a throwback to a different era of intercollegiate sports.
Webster native Clyde Hagen was one of the last true three-sport stars for the Jackrabbits.
Playing before freshmen were eligible for varsity competition, Hagen lettered three times each in football, basketball and track. He earned first-team all-North Central Conference as a tight end in football and as a center in basketball. And he won three NCC titles in the shot put in track.
After earning freshman letters in all three sports, Hagen’s varsity career at SDSU began in the fall of 1967 when he became a starter on the Jackrabbit football team. He lettered 1967-68-69, led in the team in pass receptions in 1967 and 1968 and earned all-conference in 1969. His career totals of 69 catches for 698 yards and 4 touchdowns included career highs of 30 catches for 304 yards and 2 TDs in 1968. He also played defensive end.
In basketball, he was a member of three straight NCC championship teams, although he was a reserve as a sophomore and junior.
As a senior, he had a football injury carry over into the start of the 1970 basketball season. Once he joined the starting lineup in the fourth game, he had a tremendous season, averaging 14.2 points and 8.5 rebounds per game for a team which went 13-1 in the NCC.
In the 1970 NCAA regional tournament, he had 31 points and 13 rebounds in the title game against Central Missouri and earned all-tournament honors. Then he went to the Elite Eight and had 27 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-89 loss to Tennessee State.
In track, he was NCC indoor shot put champion with a meet record 50-foot, 11 1/4-inch toss in 1968. That spring, he won the NCC outdoor title at 52-1. And in 1969, he pushed the NCC indoor record to 53-2, winning his third title.
He set a school record of 53-10 at the Corn Palace Relays in 1968.
Hagen earned his bachelor’s degree at SDSU in 1971, and was in residence hall management at SDSU until 1974. After running the Watertown Boys Club from 1974-77, he moved to Sioux Falls.
Since 1992, Hagen has been employed by Furniture Outlets, USA. He has held various positions and is currently Operations Officer. The company was founded and is owned by former SDSU student Bill Hinks, Sr., and is a top-100 furniture retailer with 16 stores in four states.
Hagen and his wife, Tracy, have two daughters, Stacy and Alyssa, one stepson, Heath Gran, and three grandchildren. Tracy attended SDSU and lettered in track for the Jacks.