Richard Hogans Named UMass Men's Basketball Strength & Conditioning Coach
Aug. 15, 2012
AMHERST, Mass. - Richard Hogans was officially named the UMass men's basketball strength and conditioning coach on Tuesday.
Hogans has been with the program for the past year since coming to UMass on an interim basis last November.
He has been credited for the increased muscle development on a number of UMass players over the course of the 2011-12 season, which saw the team win 25 games and advance to the NIT semifinals. The Minutemen went 6-2 in March and were one of the final 12 teams still playing at the end of the season.
"Rich has been a huge reason why we have had success at UMass," head coach Derek Kellogg said. "His training has enabled us to play our style of basketball, while at the same time allowing the student-athletes to grow both physically and mentally."
Hogans joined the Minutemen staff after serving as Director of Performance Enhancement with the Memphis men's basketball program for six seasons, developing a reputation nationwide for transforming players from a strength and conditioning standpoint. With the Tigers staff, Hogans worked with four Sweet Sixteen teams, three Elite Eight squads, and one National Finalist team.
Hogans holds certifications through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the International Sports Sciences Association.
He was a four-year football letterman at Memphis from 1993-96, where he made 33 starts and finished his career with 191 solo tackles (11th in school history), 24 tackles for loss and eight sacks.
He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft, and also spent time with San Diego and Jacksonville. He played the 1999-2000 seasons in NFL Europe. He led the league in tackles in 2000 and was an all-NFL Europe selection with the Berlin Thunder.
He received a bachelor's degree in Management Information Systems from Memphis in 1999. The Columbus, Ga. native and his wife, Wendy, have a son, RJ, and a daughter, Olivia.
This is the second member of the basketball support staff that works with student-athlete development to be hired on a full-time basis. Tom Doherty was named Director of Player Personnel/Assistant to the Head Coach earlier this summer following a similar stint on an interim basis.