Year Inducted: 1975 (p)
Nominated By: N/A
Sports Competed In: Football
Athlete, Coach or Contributor: Athlete
Attended Pueblo Central H.S., graduating in 1962.
● Played on the Wildcats 1961 State Championship football team as a back.
● Named to the All-State second team.
● Scored 61 points during his career (10 touchdowns and one point after touchdown).
Went to Abilene Christian College, Abilene, TX.
● Played back on the Wildcats football team.
● Nicknamed "Dennis the Menace".
Most notable exploits were:
● 98-yard run from scrimmage against Arlington State (broke ACC school record).
● 93-yard kickoff return against north Texas State (broke ACC school record).
● 79-yard punt return against Lamar Tech.
● Averaged 6.2 yards rushing, had a 35.6 average on kickoff returns and a 17.4 mean on punt returns.
● Rushed for 175 yards in 12 carries in the Arlington State game.
● An “all-the-way” threat every time he touches the ball.
● Had the speed of a sprinter (he’s done the 100 in 9.7), is strong for his size and has all the moves of a great runner.
● Started the season in 1963 as a wingback but an injury to the No. 1 tailback Owen Morrison forced Coach Wheeler to move his to the running back slot.
● The switch must surely go down as one of Wheeler's best moves.
● Honorable mention Little All-American and also gained mention on the Mid-Bracket All-American team.
● Named to the All-Texas College by The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Longest Runs from Scrimmage:
#1. 98 yd (TD) Dennis Hagaman vs. North Texas State, 1963.
#2. 94 yd (TD) Jimmy Hirth vs. McMurry, 1957.
Longest Punt Returns:
#1. 92 yd (TD) Leondous Fry vs. Arkansas State, 1954.
#2. 91 yd (TD) Von Morgan vs. Youngtown, 1954.
#3. 79 yd (TD) Dennis Hagaman vs. Lamar Tech, 1963.
Longest Kickoff Returns:
#1. 93 yd (TD) Dennis Hagaman vs. North Texas State, 1963.
#2. 91 yd (TD) Thayne McKnight vs. McMurry, 1961.
“Dennis’ greatest asset is his poise,” says Wheeler. "The ability to react under pressure. This, accompanied by his speed and different moves, make him an exceptional back."
-- Abilene Christian College Head Football Coach Wheeler
Died while in college.