CONWAY, S.C. -- Coastal Carolina University's men's basketball program has named Don Hogan as the new associate head coach, Head Coach Cliff Ellis announced today. Hogan will begin with the Chanticleers July 1.
"This is very exciting for me as Don has been like family over the years," Ellis commented. "He was with me as my first recruit at South Alabama and then worked with me for the early part of his career. He knows what I am looking for and no one I would rather have on the bench next to me. He was a key to our success at Clemson, helping bring in the Grant brothers. He also has shown his knowlege, putting together a quality program at West Florida with a very high academic standard. To continue to win while facing higher admission standards than your competition shows what a great job he has done there. I am excited he is joining our family here at Coastal Carolina.”
Hogan has spent the last 16 years as the head coach at the University of West Florida, becoming one of the winningest coaches in the Gulf South Conference. Hogan's 239 wins was second most among active coaches in the league, and he also ranks ninth all-time in conference history in wins and 11th with a .546 winning percentage (239-199). In 2005, Hogan became the ninth coach in conference history to surpass the 200-victory mark.
West Florida finished with a winning percentage of .500 or better in 12 of his 16 seasons and has coached 16 All-GSC performers. Moochie Norris of the NBA's New Orleans Hornets was drafted out of West Florida following his 1995-96 senior season under Hogan.
Before accepting the head coach position at West Florida prior to the 1993-94 season, Hogan was an assistant coach for three years at Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. Working under current Wildcat Head Coach Bob McKillop, he served as the chief scout, directed the off-season conditioning program and was also in charge of team scheduling. As Davidson's recruiting coordinator, Hogan helped bring in the bulk of a team which finished 22-8 in 1994 and earned a berth in the National Invitational Tournament.
Hogan was an important part of the Clemson men's basketball program from 1984-89. He served as an assistant coach in his first three years at the Atlantic Coast Conference university under Ellis. Over his last two years, Hogan added the responsibilities of an assistant to the athletic director in addition to his duties as a coach. During his tenure, the Tigers received a post-season bid each season, earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament and three NIT berths. Hogan served as the Tigers' chief scout and recruiting coordinator, and was responsible for monitoring the academic progress of the team. He also coached future NBA players Elden Campbell, Dale Davis, and twin brothers Horace and Harvey Grant.
A native of North Babylon, N.Y., Hogan began his college basketball career at the University of South Alabama in Mobile as a player under Ellis. South Alabama posted a 78-33 record during Hogan's playing career. Ellis' first recruit at USA, Hogan was a starting guard as a freshman in 1977, scoring a career-high 24 points as the Jaguars downed New Mexico State on Dec. 17, 1976. He was also a valuable member of the Jaguars basketball team which advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1979 and 1980 and helped the program to its first-ever national top-10 ranking. Hogan received the University of South Alabama Most Scholastic Award for men's basketball in 1980.
Hogan earned a bachelor's and a master's degree in physical education from South Alabama. He served a two-year stint as the junior varsity head coach and assistant boy's basketball coach at Forrest High School in Ocala, Fla. Hogan returned to South Alabama for one season as an assistant, helping the Jaguars earn an invitation to the 1984 NIT. He left his alma mater afterward, going with Ellis when he departed USA for Clemson.
Hogan is married to the former Barbara Alford. They have two children, Kevin Martin and Colleen Adair. Kevin is a junior-to-be basketball player at Rollins College. Hogan is a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.