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WHITTIER, Calif. – Whittier College Executive Director of Athletics Robert Coleman announced Tuesday that Head Men's and Women's Track & Field Coach Dave Hogan is retiring after 36 years of coaching, which includes ten coming at Whittier College.
"Dave is a dedicated and hardworking professional with a great passion for intercollegiate athletics," Coleman said. "Dave has taught our student-athletes important life lessons, in particular, the value of teamwork and responsibility". "I thank him for his service to the College and wish him every success in the future".
Hogan has coached eight athletes to All-American Status in his time at WC. During his tenure, 114 athletes have earned All-SCIAC honors, 18 athletes have been named All-SCIAC Champions and 15 athletes have advanced to the NCAA Championships under his tutelage.
Hogan has also led his athletes in his program to 141 All-Time Top-Ten Entries with 22 New School Records being set. He has had one athlete named the Division III West Region Athlete of the Year and saw Kevin Curbelo become the school's first ever NCAA Division III National Champion coming in the 400 Meter.
Not only did he guide the Purple & Gold outdoors but was also an advocate in the classroom seeing 14 Individual Academic All-Americans and three teams named USTFCCCA All-Academic.
The best finish for his program came in 2011 when the Men's Track & Field Team finished Ranked No. 6 in the country following a strong showing at the NCAA Division III National Championships.
"My ten years here as a Poet has been a tremendous experience," Hogan stated. "The support from Rob Coleman, President Sharon Herzberger, the complete athletic department and the college community has been a huge part of the success we have had. I leave with a sense of pride in our accomplishments and have believed in all of the athletes we have had on the team over the years. I look forward to watching the team in the future and have no doubt that the growth of the athletes and team will continue to move forward. I will forever be a Poet and will always Bleed Purple & Gold."
A national search has been launched to find a full-time replacement which will begin in the fall of 2016.