COLORADO SPRINGS – Harrison High School athletic director Dave Hogan has been named the HHS Alumni Leadership Award recipient from the Harrison High School All-Year Reunion Committee.
Nominees for this award are brought to the attention of the Harrison High School All-Year Reunion Committee and voted upon after the end of each All-Class Reunion. This award highlights the efforts of HHS staff and former alumni for their commitment and positive contributions to their local campuses and their surrounding communities.
Hogan has served the Colorado Springs high school as a special education teacher for a total of 15 years, 4 of which have been at HHS. He has also coached basketball, baseball and football.
For the past five years, however, he has been a tireless worker as HHS’ athletic director with a wide variety of responsibilities.
Here’s a list of some of those responsibilities
• Supervise 18 sports and complete all required Colorado High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) paperwork.
• Supervisor of PE, security, Research and purchase equipment.
• Supervise four activities and their sponsors. Supervise 12 in building clubs. Approve all fundraisers.
• Approve and oversee all building rentals and use. Prioritize a list of needs for the building. Set up all fire, lockdowns and other drills.
“I help with discipline and attendance and anything else (I’m) asked to do,” said Hogan, a 1986 graduate of Southern Illinois-Carbondale who received his Masters degree from the University of Phoenix in 2006.
“My days are at least 10 hours long. At the start of sports seasons, days are a minimum of 12 hours long and if we have games, days can be 14 to 16 hours long.
“This is the life of every athletic director. Some AD’s have to do observations of teachers, some deal with discipline more and some handle money more.”
Hogan has been an asset to District 2 and the surrounding community. Since the start of his career at Harrison, he has been dedicated to encouraging a positive school spirit.
This has been reflected in his strong work ethic and his dedication to both students and alumni. Hogan was instrumental in the purchase of new scoreboards at Memorial Stadium and Butch Thorpe Gymnasium, which was named after HHS’ previous basketball coach and athletic director. He was also key in putting new banners in the gym painting school colors on gym walls.
Hogan also took the initiative to update the weight room and HHS training procedures. He has also played a strong role in establishing an alumni network at the high school in the attempt to bring a little town feel to a big city school.
Hogan’s ventures in organizing the HHS Spirit Week carnivals have been a wonderful addition to the school and the community. Spending his days from the field to the office and back again, no job is too small or too large when it comes to giving it his all.
“Everyone thinks we just deal with sports,” said Hogan. “It is more than that. Every school has their set of unique situations and circumstances. If we have an event that runs to 9 or 10 p.m., we are all back at school the next days at our regular times.”
Named the 2008-09 Colorado Class 4A Athletic Director of the Year, Hogan was also named the 2003 AFLAC Assistant Coach of the Year, as one of 500 recipients from out of 300,000 applicants from across the country. Harrison, for the past three years, has been the host school of the CHSAA state cross country meet and he has served as site director. HHS also served as the co-host of the 2009 girls Class 4A state golf championships.
Hogan also supervises other athletic events that Harrison has hosted within the last four years, boys basketball tournaments, state cross country meet, state pre-qualifying track meets and the girl’s basketball tournaments.
“Our events are first class,” he said.
Hogan also serves on various CHSAA committees and is on the current board of directors for the state’s athletic directors association.
He and his wife Sandy have been married 20 years. They have two daughters, Kate and Eryn.
“The special award goes to them,” he said.
-Co-written by Jerry Giese Sportswriter from the Sioux City Journal