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David Hogan Won’t Return as Head Coach for Thunderbirds in 2018

November 6th, 2017


PITTSBURGH, Pa – It’s the end of an era.


After the 2017 Midwest championship game in Madison, WI, David Hogan announced to the team he would not return as head coach of the Pittsburgh Thunderbirds in 2018. Hogan explained that he would be moving to Seattle, WA.


Hogan has been the head coach for the Thunderbirds since the organization expanded into the American Ultimate Disc League in 2015. In his first official game on the sideline, he coached the T-Birds to a 30-16 victory over the Cincinnati Revolution in front of 750 fans at Cupples Stadium for the organizations first ever home win.


Over three seasons, Hogan compiled a 31-11 record in the regular season and a 3-3 record in the post-season, qualifying for the Midwest championship game in all three of his seasons. On May 30th, 2015, Hogan coached the team to a then AUDL record 44 goal performance against the Detroit Mechanix.


“Coach Hogan’s dedication to the X’s and O’s of the game was mind-numbingly intensive,” General Manager Andrew Gardner says. “He was so meticulous with every game plan and took every match-up very seriously. I’ll probably always refer to him as ‘coach’ because it runs in his blood. Not many outside the team realize the amount of time and effort he put into this position off the field.  He was an excellent coach and [the entire Thunderbirds organization] wish him the best of luck in Seattle.”


Hogan’s Ultimate background began in 2006 when he joined the University of Pittsburgh’s club team. He played on the team until graduating in 2009. He began his coaching career with Fox Chapel High School in 2011, taking them to a second place finish in the Pittsburgh High School Ultimate League.


That same year he founded the Pittsburgh Under-16 youth club team, Pulse, a program he also coached. He had been the Assistant Coach for the University of Pittsburgh’s En Sabah Nur college team from 2011-2015; Pitt won back-to-back national titles in 2012 and 2013. He also coached Oakland, a previous men’s club team, in 2013 and simultaneously coached the Thunderbirds and Temper, the Pittsburgh men’s open club team, during the 2016-2017 seasons.


The Thunderbirds are in the process of hiring the next head coach and expect to hire a new candidate immediately.

November 6, 2017 | News, Pittsburgh, Staff, Thunderbirds, Ultimate | 0

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