Former Widener football standout B.J. Hogan was named varsity head football coach at Cardinal O'Hara High School.
Hogan played a key role in leading Widener to two Middle Atlantic Conference championships during his first two years as a defensive back. The 2001 campaign saw him record 46 tackles and a career-high seven interceptions. That season Widener fell to Bridgewater (VA) in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament.
The following season, Hogan recorded 46 tackles and returned one of his two interceptions for a touchdown. The four-year starter finished his career at Widener with 223 tackles, two touchdowns and ranked tied for second in school history with 20 career interceptions.
He was named first team All-MAC in 2004, Honorable Mention all-league in 2002 and team Most Valuable Player as a defensive back three times. Hogan in 2004 was the recipient of the Leo Orlowsky Dedication Award, given to a football player for service, commitment, loyalty and inspiration.
Hogan, a 2001 O'Hara graduate, was a member of the 2001 Philadelphia Catholic League championship football team. He returns to the Springfield campus after spending the last six seasons at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as the defensive backs coach.
Hogan graduated from Widener in 2006 with a degree in Communication Studies and a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising.
11/12/2014 Tim Barber /Chattanooga Times Free Press.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football assistant B.J. Hogan has announced he will be leaving the program at the end of this season. Hogan, who coaches cornerbacks and is the Mocs special teams coordinator, has been on the staff all six years of head coach Russ Huesman's tenure.He has accepted an offer to become the head coach at his high school alma mater, Cardinal O'Hara, where he played defensive back and helped that team to a Catholic League championship in 2000. The school is located in Springfield (PA), about 10 miles outside of Philadelphia.“It's a great opportunity for him,” Huesman said. “That's his home and his future wife is from there as well, so we wish B.J. and his family all the best. He's meant a lot to our program. He's been very loyal, has recruited well and coached up the players under him, so he will be missed.”Two former Mocs coached by Hogan have gone on to play in the NFL — Buster Skrine (Browns) and Chris Lewis-Harris (Bengals) and former cornerback Kadeem Wise broke the program's freshman record with six interceptions in 2010.The Mocs have finished in the top five in the FCS in passing defense with Hogan coaching and currently rank third in the Southern Conference in that category.“This was the only job I would have even considered leaving for,” Hogan said. “I love Chattanooga. But the chance to go home and be a head coach is the next challenge for me in my career. It's a great opportunity for me to share the experiences I had at that school with the kids playing there now.“I've learned a ton from Coach Huesman and grown so much since being here. I'll miss the friendships on the staff and the kids but I'm proud of what we've accomplished since we all came here. Being a part of taking us from where we were to where we are now, going to the playoffs and the chance to compete for a championship, that's really special.”
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B.J. Hogan taking over O’Hara football program
By Terry Toohey, Delaware County Daily Times 11/13/2014
As it went through the process of finding a replacement for a football coach, the search committee at Cardinal O’Hara wanted, more than anything, to hire an “O’Hara guy,” to take over the program.It accomplished that goal.The school announced Tuesday that it has hired grad and three-sport All-Delco B.J. Hogan as its football coach.Hogan, a 2001 O’Hara graduate, takes over for Paul Strus, who served as interim coach following the death of Dan Algeo. Hogan is in his sixth season as the defensive backs coach at Tennessee-Chattanooga, which is ranked ninth in the FCS. The Moccasins are 7-3 overall, 5-0 and in first place in the Southern Conference. Prior to Chattanooga, Hogan spent three years on the staff at Delaware Valley College and began his coaching career at the Williamson Free School in 2005.Hogan earned All-Delco honors in football, baseball and hockey during his time at O’Hara, including Player of the Year honors in hockey as a junior. He helped the Lions to the Catholic League football title as a senior in 2000. He then went to Widener, where he was a four-year starter and helped the Pride to back-to-back MAC titles in 2001 and 2002. Hogan graduated from Widener in 2006 with a degree in communication studies with a concentration in public relations and advertising.Hogan takes over a team that went 1-9 this season and has not had a winning season since it went 6-4 in 2011.Hogan will be on campus to meet with the faculty, staff and players Monday, Nov. 17.