On Friday, Sept. 29, Coastal Carolina defeated Louisiana-Lafayette at the Cajun Soccer Complex to improve to 8-3-0 on the season.
The win was also head coach Paul Hogan’s 100th career win as a head coach.
Hogan’s heading coaching career began in 1998 at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he spent three seasons going 35-16-7.
Hogan then went on to be an associate head coach at Colorado and helped bring the Lady Buffaloes to national attention. During his 10 seasons at Colorado, the Buffaloes went 104-64-24 and were a force to be reckoned with in the Big 12.
On Jan. 5, 2011, it was announced that Hogan was going to be the fourth head coach in Coastal Carolina women’s soccer history, and he has been here since.
In his seven seasons at Coastal Carolina, Hogan has gone 65-56-11.
The turnaround that Hogan was able to accomplish after his first season in 2011 was amazing. He saw the Chanticleers go 2-15-2, and a majority of those losses were by one goal. The next season, the Chanticleers went 10-9-0.
Ellie Taylor, who played under Hogan from 2013 to 2016, talked about what his coaching was able to do for her on the field.
"For me as a player, Paul knew how to make you step out of your comfort zone and push you to your limits," said Taylor. "He was able to motivate you in ways that worked for the individual and not just the team. He took the time to figure out what was needed and how to get there. It was up to the player if they were going to decide to do it. For me, Paul was able to make me a better player than I thought I could have been."
Taylor also talked about what Hogan was able to do for her off the soccer field in order to prepare for the real world.
"As a person, he really emphasized on the family atmosphere and building our character," said Taylor. "We were always taught that good values and character will help us in this life and not just in soccer. He made us think outside of ourselves whether it was doing community service projects, offering to help others or even building our own self to be the best we could be. I will always be grateful for my time at Coastal for the way I became as a person and as a player and some of that would not have been possible without Paul."
Since that turn around season in 2012, the Chanticleers have won 10-plus games ever since.
And this year looks to be no different.
The team already is at an 8-3-1 record and has only lost once in their last five games.
Senior forward Daniella Famili has scored 8 goals this season, and there are still five games left in the regular season and the Sun Belt tournament to play.
There is a very good chance that Coach Hogan can reach 70 wins at Coastal Carolina by the end of the season if the team either wins out the rest of the season and/or makes a lengthy postseason run.
Congratulations Coach Hogan on a historic mark and best of luck on the rest of your illustrious career. We will be there with you every step of the way.