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In 14 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 six seasons as the Utes' head coach, the sixth coach in program history, Hogue has a 157-167-1 (.483) record at Utah and sports a 354-249-1 (.586) overall record in 12 seasons as a collegiate head coach, which includes six seasons at the NJCAA's Salt Lake Community College.
Under Hogue's guidance, Utah ended its 2013 season with a 6-6 mark in Pac-12 games during its inaugural season in Utah Softball Stadium, including series victories against No. 15/T-15 UCLA and No. 2/3 Arizona State. The Utes hit .309 in league home contests and outslugged their Pac-12 opponents (.508 to .467) at home, while on-base percentage was equal at .380. Three Utes hit over .350 in the 12 conference home games. Utah won seven conference games last season, compared to two victories in 2012.
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. Sweet helped Utah pick up its first-ever series victory over a Pac-12 foe after winning the final two games against No. 15/T-15 UCLA Apr. 6-7 in Salt Lake City. The Utes also faced No. 9/10 Oregon in a mid-week three-game set in Eugene on Apr. 2-3. Sweet turned in a .550 batting average in the six games, which included two doubles, a triple and home run for a .900 slugging percentage, on 11 hits in 20 at-bats for five RBI. She also turned in a .571 on-base percentage in addition to a stolen base.
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. The no-hitter was the second of her Utah career, and the 25th in school history. She also tied her career high with 16 strikeouts and did not issue a walk to a single Raider hitter and struck out eight of the first nine hitters she faced. Nielson's other no-hitter at Utah came in a home game against Idaho State on Apr. 1, 2011.
In 2011, Utah headed into the final weekend of the regular season with a shot at a Mountain West Conference crown heading into the final weekend of the season. During her first season in 2008, the Utes were picked to finish last in the MWC, but battled for first place until the final two games of the season before taking third.
On an individual basis, Diana Phillips earned an NFCA First-Team All-Region award in 2008, while Tia Palauni and Whitney Holm have been named to the second team each of the last two seasons. Ute players have earned 16 different all-conference awards since 2008. Six Utes were named to Pac-12 All-Conference Teams in Utah's inaugural season in the Pac-12 in 2012, including Holm, Palauni, Generra Nielson, Katelyn Elliott and Kelsi Hoopiiaina on the Honorable Mention squad, while Kate 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 in 2012. She led the Pac-12 and was 10th in the NCAA with a school single-season record 294 strikeouts in 2012. She was also third in the league with 237.0 innings in the circle and finished fourth with 21 wins. 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 and is second on the school's all-time list with 165 career RBI.
Hogue's players have also been successful off the field as well as three Utes were named to the Pac-12 Softball All-Academic Team in 2012 in addition to a total of 28 All-Academic awards received through five seasons in the Mountain West Conference from 2007-11. Also last May, Kendall Bergman earned the Outstanding Freshman Academic Achievement Award from the Mining Engineering Department.
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 (13), Kai (11) and Tessa (8).