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In 15 seasons with the University of Utah softball team either as a player, assistant coach or head coach, Amy Hogue continues to build the Utes into a competitor in the best softball league in the nation, the Pac-12 Conference.
In eight seasons as the Utes' head coach, the sixth coach in program history, Hogue has a 224-208-1 (.518) record at Utah and sports a 421-292-1 (.590) overall record in 14 seasons as a collegiate head coach, which includes six seasons at the NJCAA's Salt Lake Community College.
Hogue led the Utes to a 36-19 overall record in 2015 and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Utah had a successful Pac-12 season, earning series victories over Stanford, Oregon State and No. 22 Arizona State on the road and No. 16 Cal and No. 15 Arizona at home. The Utes also split with No. 20 Washington giving them victories in six of their eight conference match-ups.
The 2015 Pac-12 Coach of the Year, became the first Utah coach to win postseason honors since Mona Stevens was given the award in 2000 when the softball program was still a member of the Mountain West Conference. Recently, she was given the Don Reddish Award for the 2014-15 season. This award from the university of Utah athletic department is presented annually to the coach of a sport other than football, men's and women's basketball and gymnastics, who is deemed to have had the most successful season the previous year.
Hannah Flippen was named a first team NFCA selection, Kate Dickman and Katie Donovan earned second team honors, while Kristen Stewart was tabbed a third team selection. Utah's four all-region selections were the second most in program history. Utah has had nine All-NFCA selection since joining the Pac-12 in 2012.
Flippen became the first Ute player to earn back-to-back all-region honors since Diana Phillips did so back in 2007 and 2008 and is the first player to be named to the first team in consecutive seasons in 14 years (Lyndsey Trevis: 2000, 2001).
This past season Utah had six all-conference selections, a new standard for the program, and also had two players named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman squad. Utah had five all-conference selections in 2012 and 2013, followed by three honorees in 2014. In total, 26 Utah players have received a Pac-12 honor from the conference.
Hogue's players have also been successful off the field as well after six players were named to the Pac-12 All-Academic team this past season, another new benchmark. It was the best scholastic performance for the program since it placed eight players on the Mountain West Conference All-Academic Team in 2008.
13 Utes have been selected to a Pac-12 Softball All-Academic Team since 2012. In addition to a total of 28 All-Academic awards received through five seasons in the Mountain West Conference from 2007-11, 41 Utes have earned academic awards under Hogue's leadership.
In 2014, Hannah Flippen was named a NFCA All-American, the 12th in school history and the first Ute to be recognized since Jackie Wong earned in 2006. In addition to Flippen's success, Mariah Ramirez and Anissa Urtez were also named NFCA All-Region while Kate Dickman, Bridget Castro and Sammy Cordova joined them in earning All Pac-12 honors. The Utes finished 31-24 and earned Pac-12 series victories over Oregon State, Cal and Stanford.
In 2013, the Utes earned series victories against No. 15 UCLA and No. 2 Arizona State. The Utes hit .309 in league home contests during their first season at Dumke Family Softball Stadium and out-slugged their Pac-12 opponents (.508 to .467). Second baseman Jackie Sweet was named to both the Pac-12 and NFCA Pacific Region Second Teams and became the first-ever Ute to earn Pac-12 Player of the Week honors on Apr. 8, 2013.
Utah put up a 26-6 non-conference record in 2012, which included a 12-game win streak and a win at No. 24 New Mexico. Generra Nielson became the first Ute softball student-athlete to ever receive weekly recognition as she was named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week on Mar. 19, 2012 after throwing a no-hitter in the first game of a doubleheader against Colgate.
Six Utes were named to Pac-12 All-Conference Teams in Utah's inaugural season in the Pac-12 in 2012, including Whitney Holm, Tia Palauni, Generra Nielson, Katelyn Elliott and Kelsi Hoopiiaina on the Honorable Mention squad, while Dickman received Honorable Mention status on the All-Freshmen Team. Nielson posted one of the best single-season performances on the mound in school history, leading the Pac-12 and ranking 10th in the nation with a school single-season record 294 strikeouts. At the plate, Kara Foster became Utah's all-time career home run leader under Hogue's watch as she hit 64 career round-trippers.
Before taking over the helm at Utah, Hogue built and mentored Salt Lake Community College's softball team from 1999-2004, instantly creating a successful program. She went 197-82 (.706) in her time with the Bruins. The pinnacle of her tenure with the Bruins came in 2004. SLCC was the regional champion that season and placed sixth at the NJCAA Division I National Tournament. In 2000, the Bruins' inaugural campaign, they won the Scenic West Athletic Conference title and repeated as champions again in 2003.
At SLCC, Hogue coached 36 all-region players (22 first-teamers, 14 second-team nods), and coached nine All-America standouts. In addition to the players' success, Hogue was named the SWAC Coach of the Year for her efforts in 2003. With the Bruins, Hogue coached 36 all-region players (22 first-teamers, 14 second-team nods), and coached nine All-America standouts. In addition to the players' success, Hogue was named the SWAC Coach of the Year for her efforts in 2003.
Prior to moving to SLCC, Hogue was an assistant coach at Utah from 1996-99 where she was involved in all facets of running the program.
Hogue got her start in coaching as Utah's graduate assistant coach from 1994-95. From there she went to Alta High School as an assistant coach from 1994-96. Hogue also coached an accelerated travel team, called The Sting. She guided her club squad to a .725 winning percentage. In her last two seasons, The Sting racked up 137 wins.
Hogue's playing career at Utah was equally as impressive. From 1991-94, Hogue helped the Utes win two conference titles, two conference tournaments and two regional titles in making two Women's College World Series appearances. She captained the 1994 squad that tallied a school-record 51 wins.
She earned second- team All-America honors as a senior. In garnering All-America accolades, she hit .455, had 101 hits, 222 at bats and 55 runs scored. All of those numbers still stand as the school's top marks for a single season. Hogue also holds season records for triples (7) and runs scored (55). She led both the 1991 and 1994 squads to the College World Series.
In addition to the team's success, Hogue was Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year, first team all-region and second team All-America in 1994. She was a three-time All-WAC player and was the team MVP in 1994.
Hogue's name appears throughout the record book at Utah. In Utah's career record book, she still ranks third in at bats (703) and stolen bases (72), fourth in hits (239), and fifth in both hitting (.340) and runs (125). Her 101 hits in a season was one of the longest-standing marks in the NCAA, and she still holds the NCAA record for at bats in a game (14).
The Utah standout briefly played professional softball. After college, she toured with the WPF Storm and was later drafted and signed to play with Durham Dragons.
Hogue graduated from Utah in 1994 with a sociology degree and earned a Masters from Utah in social work in 1996. The Sandy, Utah, native is married to Sean Hogue and has three children, Brennan, Kai and Tessa.