KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Jguwon Hogges won over fans last decade with his spectacular play, leading the Owls to a National Championship in 2008. After he graduated, Hogges played in the D-League for two years, but felt the pull to return to Klamath Falls.
“After a while, sometimes you don’t know where you’re going to be in your life and where you’re going to go and it ended up that coaching has become a staple of my life so far,” said Hogges.
Hogges spent a year as the JV coach for the Klamath Union girls. Then he applied for an assistant coaching spot on Scott Meredith’s staff, with the support of Danny Miles.
“That absolutely sealed the deal for me,” said Hogges. “When you get a personal recommendation from a man like Coach Miles, that’s solid. That’s just absolutely rock solid.”
Now in his second season with the OIT women, Hogges is providing a useful perspective as someone who has been through the Owls’ program as a student-athlete.
“You just can’t measure how important that is,” said Meredith. “I don’t think you could bring anybody else in that has his kind of insight to what our players face on a day to day basis.”
Hogges is thankful to have the chance to give back to his alma mater.
“It’s just awesome to be able to come here in to the gym and know the history that hangs up in the rafters and the history that sits on the bench next to you,” said Hogges. “It’s awesome to know that I was a part of it. Even if I was just a small, integral part of it. Being able to be a part of it more than once is an awesome, awesome feeling.”