Wife, mother, ‘treasured’ teacher: Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM, remembered

Wife, mother, ‘treasured’ teacher: Nicole Hazen, wife of Diamondbacks GM, remembered

Published August 5, 2022
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During the summer of 2020, after she began to have seizures, she was found to have an aggressive tumor in the front left portion of her brain. It ultimately was diagnosed as glioblastoma, an aggressive and incurable form of cancer.

“Just the amount of sheer toughness — mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually — just her toughness and her grit, that was the example she wanted to set for her students,” Watson said. “It was unparalleled.”

Born and raised in Cleveland, Nicole Marie Ferrara met Mike Hazen when he was working as an assistant farm director for the Indians. After the two were married, she stopped teaching when they had their first child, and the family soon moved to Boston when Mike took a position with the Red Sox.

They had three more children during their time in Boston, and after the family moved to Arizona in the fall of 2016, she eventually got back into teaching, taking a position at St. Francis Xavier, where the Hazen boys went to school.