Quinn Backus and Lena Schaeffner were named the Male and Female Athletes of the Year.
Kiana Quolas was named the Female Athlete of the Year, while Pedro Ribeiro and Lorenzo Taliaferro shared the Male Athlete of the Year award
Hogue will assume his role as Interim Director of Athletics immediately
Hogue, who has a long-time association with Coastal athletics, previously served as CCU's associate vice president of marketing.
DeCenzo describes Hogue as a leader who has established a positive relationship with the coaches and staff and is well versed in the day-to-day activities of heading a thriving Division I athletics program.
Hogue joined Coastal in 1997 and has served in several different roles in the Department of Athletics and in the Office of University Communication, where he leads CCU's marketing and trademark-licensing efforts. Hogue is best known for his 17-year stint as the "Voice of the Chanticleers" on the Chanticleer Sports Network, providing live game broadcasts, features and weekly programs about CCU athletics.
In 2013 Hogue was named a finalist for the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) Sportscaster of the Year for the state of South Carolina. He has edited a book entitled Chanticleer Athletics: Fifty Years of Excellence with other CCU contributors and dedicated the book to Edward M. "Dick" Singleton, former chancellor of the university. Partial proceeds from the book benefited the Edward M. Singleton Scholar Athlete Award scholarship at CCU.
"The `Voice of the Chanticleers' will now become the `face of CCU athletics,' " said DeCenzo. "Matt's years of service and distinctive accomplishments at our University make him the logical choice. He has distinguished himself as the consummate athletics professional and is highly regarded in the field. He has worked to secure sponsorships, supervised sports programs, taken the lead on NCAA championship hosting, and he began his tenure in media relations. Under Matt's leadership as associate vice president for marketing, our trademark licensing royalties have significantly increased, and he has implemented marketing strategies that have brought considerable return on investment."
"I am honored and excited to accept this appointment," said Hogue. "CCU has been the heart and soul of my career for many years, and I look forward to this new opportunity to guide one of the nation's premier athletic departments."
As "Voice of the Chanticleers," Hogue managed, produced and coordinated the Chanticleer Sports Network. His colorful, exciting calls were synonymous with Chanticleer Athletics. A 25-year broadcast veteran, Hogue built a diverse play-by-play resume that includes stints with USC's Gamecock Radio Network, Minor League Baseball and appearances on regional TV including Fox Sports Net, SportSouth and ESPN properties. He also served as the broadcast voice of the Big South Conference's basketball TV package.
In his role as associate vice president of marketing, was charged with developing marketing strategies and advertising for University recruitment, academic and specialty programs as well as directing and monitoring the University's trademark licensing program. Previously, he served as CCU Associate Athletic Director for Enhanced Media, Assistant Athletics Director for Marketing. He began his career at Coastal Carolina as the Assistant Sports Information Director.
Hogue earned his baccalaureate degree from the University of South Carolina and completed his MBA from Winthrop University. He and his wife, Laura, live in Conway with their daughters Rachel and Caroline.