BOSTON -– Lynn English girls’ basketball coach Fred Hogan announced that he will be stepping down following Monday’s 59-41 loss to Braintree in the Division 1 Eastern Mass. final.
A teary-eyed Hogan, who coached the Lady Bulldogs for nine years following a nine year stint at Lynn Tech, explained his reasoning for resigning from his position:
“Today was my last game coaching at Lynn English and I went out with these seniors, a real special moment. I’m resigning from my position,” Hogan announced. “I’m gonna try something different, a new environment, just something different...I’m definitely going to coach somewhere else.”
Hogan announced privately to his team following their win over Billerica in early March that he would be stepping down at the end of the state tournament. He said he will also be stepping down from his position as assistant football coach at English.
“I told them after the Billerica game, so my kids were well-informed," he said. "They knew three weeks ago…I told the seniors that when we leave the court, whether it was at the DCU Center, that we’d be leaving it together.”
In reflecting on his time at English, Hogan talked about first turning the program around upon being hired as head coach. The Lady Bulldogs, who went just 4-16 the year before Hogan was hired, turned things around the following year by winning 12 games and going to the state tournament. Hogan continued to build his program from there, as English went undefeated during the 2013-14 regular season, finishing the year at 25-1.
For all the wins on the court though, Hogan said that one of his proudest achievements in his time coaching at English was seeing 25 of his former players graduate from college.
“I’ll miss these kids, they’re just unbelievable," Hogan said. "Twenty-five girls graduated from college in nine years from this program. It’s the kids. At my house the other day after we beat Central Catholic I had 12 former players at my house.
"A lot of the kids had never won, they had never made the state tournament before we got there."
Hogan’s son, Fred Jr., is a senior at English and was a star on the Bulldogs’ boys basketball team. An ESPN Boston All-State selection as a junior, Hogan, Jr. went on to score one-thousand points for the Bulldogs and led them to a 31-13 record in his final two years at English under Coach Mike Carr. Hogan said he hopes to explore other opportunities as a coach, one that mixes well with his hopes of being able to watch his son play college basketball.
“I’m not gonna’ say it’s all that, but that has something to do with it,' he said. "I’m a coach, I love coaching basketball, I love coaching Lynn kids. I’m gonna’ be coaching somewhere, it’s in my blood. I’m definitely going to be doing something somewhere.”